Charges laid in Drug and Firearms Investigation 

A two-year investigation into an organized crime, drug trafficking organization has led to criminal charges against two men. 

In April 2019, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement of BC (CFSEU-BC) commenced an investigation into the operation of an organized crime group led by a male known for his criminal activity and associations to gangs. The investigation led to the arrest of two males and charges laid in relation to drugs and firearms offences. 

In August 2019, the investigation led CFSEU-BC investigators to execute two residential search warrants in relation to the investigation where they seized the following; 

  • Loaded semi-automatic polymer handgun 
  • Automatic AR15 rifle 
  • Approx., 200 ammunition rounds 
  • 2.25 kilograms of cocaine 
  • 700 grams of heroin 
  • 5.5 kilograms of phenacetine 
  • $111,878.00 CAD 
  • Jewelry 
  • Three vehicles 

On March 22nd, 2021, the Provincial Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) approved charges against the two men: 

Mathew Borden, a 32-year-old male from Burnaby is charged with; 

  • 2X Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 
  • Possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm 
  • Possession of a prohibited firearm 
  • Unlawful Storage of two firearms 

John Canning, a 59-year-old male from Surrey is charged with; 

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance 

The cash, jewelry, vehicles and a residence located in the 5300 block of Victory St, Burnaby have all been referred to the British Columbia Civil forfeiture Office. 

On March 29th, 2021, Mathew Borden was arrested on a warrant of arrest for the criminal charges against him and released on conditions. John Canning was served with a summons. Both men are not in custody while they await the judicial process.

“The removal of potentially deadly drugs and weapons from the hands of individuals who make our communities unsafe is important to CFSEU-BC and motivates our investigative teams every day,” says Sergeant Brenda Winpenny, CFSEU-BC Media Relations Officer. “The CFSEU-BC is dedicated to doing whatever we can to make our streets safer and holding those people accountable who put the public at the greatest risk of harm.” 

CFSEU-BC Media Relations Officer: Sergeant Brenda Winpenny

Mobile: 604-838-6800

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