Police seize $7.8M in illicit fentanyl, cocaine destined for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

Vancouver police have seized a large amount of illegal fentanyl and cocaine worth nearly $8 million in an investigation into a drug lab.

According to investigators, the illegal drugs were destined for the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

The investigation, known as Project Toluence, began in January and focused on a group that allegedly manufactured and trafficked illicit drugs at various locations in the region.

In March, members of Special Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police executed a search warrant on a Richmond neighborhood where a laboratory was discovered.

Investigators seized more than 7 kilograms of suspected fentanyl, 800 grams of methamphetamine and $39,000 in cash from the lab. A man arrested near the lab was found to have another 15 kilograms of suspected fentanyl, two kilograms of cocaine and nearly $48,000 in cash in a nearby vehicle.

A subsequent search warrant for an apartment complex in Vancouver’s Coal Harbor resulted in an additional 4.7 kilograms of fentanyl and $272,000 in cash.

The three men initially arrested have been released pending continued investigations that could end with charges related to producing, possessing and trafficking a controlled substance.

Organized Crime Branch Inspector. While this is an impressive seizure in a complex investigation, “more needs to be done to address British Columbia’s overdose crisis and the criminals who profit from it,” Phil Hurd said in a statement. .โ€

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