Vancouver Police and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. (CFSEU-BC) have seized multiple weapons, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, drugs and stolen vehicles as part of an investigation into Lower Mainland gangs dubbed "Project Treachery."
The items were found during a raid conducted at a farmhouse on 240 street in Langley. Officers from multiple jurisdictions carried out the raid on Nov. 13.
"This is some heavy armaments and heavy firepower, " said Superintendent Mike Porteous of the VPD.
"I would estimate that this [seizure] stopped and disrupted numerous shootings, possible murders, attempted murders."
Investigators believe the farmhouse was used as hub for violent crimes.
"There's indication that this was a staging area for the purpose of acquiring weapons, loading weapons and then going out and committing violent acts" said Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett with the CFSEU-B.C.
Officers from multiple jurisdictions carried out the raid and arrested seven people on site. All seven are believed to be gang members or gang associates.
Police did not specify which gang the farmhouse is linked to, only that it is connected to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.
Investigators are still processing all the items seized and no charges have been laid.
"We have to do things like ballistics testing, forensic testings to link [to previous shootings]," said Porteous.
"Logic would dictate we're dealing with gangsters and organized crime here actively involved in violent crimes. I would not be surprised to see that these were involved in shootings that have already occurred."
- Two improvised explosive devices — detonated on scene by police.
- Nine handguns.
- Three assault rifles.
- Seven stolen vehicles.
- More than 600 rounds of ammunition.
- More than 500 marijuana plants.
- Bulletproof vests.