Man in custody and multiple guns seized during CFSEU-BC investigation
A man is in custody and facing multiple firearms-related charges following an investigation by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC).
The 42-year-old Surrey man was arrested on August 21st, 2013 his home in the 10400 block 140B Street in Surrey.
CFSEU-BC investigators, acting on a tip, arrested the man with the help of the RCMP’s Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team as the man was exiting his house while carrying two bags that contained six handguns, all brand new and still in their packaging.
Another five guns, two of which were loaded, body armour, ammunition, firearms parts, suppressors, and tools to manufacture various firearms parts were found in the house and seized. It is believed, at this early stage of the investigation, that these guns were destined to be sold to the highest bidder. Ten of the eleven guns seized had their serial numbers obliterated and forensic work will begin to try and determine where the guns came from.
“This investigation is part of CFSEU-BC’s ongoing targeted enforcement initiatives against gangsters and their associates who have or are selling guns and putting everyone in our communities at risk,” says CFSEU-BC spokesperson Sergeant Lindsey Houghton. “The removal of guns and ammunition out of the hands of those who commit violence means that British Columbians are safer.”
The man, who is currently prohibited from possessing firearms for life, has previous convictions for a variety of property-related crimes, driving offences, drug offences, and . He has not been formally charged but remains in custody as the investigation continues.
The guns were a mix of 9mm, 10mm, .40 calibre, .45 calibre, and 7.62mm. The following is the list of guns and items seized (see attached photo):
- Two (2) Smith & Wesson M&P40 handguns (new in boxes)
- Two (2) Steyr M40 handguns (new in boxes)
- Three (3) Jericho 941RPL handguns (new in boxes)
- One (1) CZ TT9 handgun (found loaded)
- Two (2) Glock handguns (both new in boxes)
- One (1) CZ858 semi-automatic rifle (found loaded)
- One (1) set of body armour
- Assorted ammunition and firearms parts
- Assorted firearm suppressors and tools to manufacture them
CFSEU-BC would like to thank the RCMP’s Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team (LMD ERT) and the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) for their assistance in this investigation.
Sgt. Lindsey Houghton
Desk: (778) 290-3099
Cell: (604) 764-9085