Traffic Stop in Surrey Results in the Arrest of Two Individuals

Charges have been approved against two individuals, after a traffic stop by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) Uniform Gang Enforcement Team (UGET) stop yielded and illegal firearm and drug paraphernalia in Surrey.

On the afternoon of January 12th, officers from the CFSEU-BC were doing a routine check of a vehicles in Surrey, B.C. when they noticed a grey Mazda 6 attempting to evade police. A license plate check of the vehicle revealed that the registered own did not hold a valid driver’s license and was prohibited from driving.

Police caught up to the vehicle in a driveway in the 15000 block of 88th Avenue, in Surrey. The male driver and female passenger were both directed to exit the vehicle. As the occupants exited the vehicle, officers observed drug paraphernalia, as well as a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.

Officers also located a brown mesh gun case in the back seat of the vehicle. The gun case produced an unloaded, single shot shotgun with a sawed off barrel.

A further search of the vehicle yielded:

  • One box of “Federal’ shotgun slugs
  • Marijuana-related drug paraphernalia

Police arrested the two occupants of the vehicle.

Charges have been approved against

23-year old Austin Anthony Lopez has been charged with:

  • One count of possession of a weapon
  • One count of unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
  • One count of possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
  • One count of possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition
  • One count of possession of a prohibited firearm while he was prohibited

28-year old Candice Marie Nelson has been charged with:

  • One count of possession of a weapon
  • One count of unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
  • One count of possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
  • One count of possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition

Their next court date is scheduled for January 30th 2017 at 9:30 am in Surrey Provincial Court.

“Our officers work diligently every day to remove individuals involved in activities that can result in violence from our streets,” says S/Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the CFSEU-BC. “The CFSEU-BC is present in all our communities throughout the province to deter criminal behavior and ensure that public safety is foremost.”

The CFSEU-BC would like to thank the Surrey RCMP for their assistance with this file.

CFSEU-BC Media Relations Officer: Staff Sergeant Lindsey Houghton

Desk: 778-290-3099
Mobile: 604-764-9085

CFSEU-BC Communications Strategist: Geeta Reddy

Desk: 778-290-2873
Cell: 604-499-4199

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