A 42-year-old Surrey man in police custody is facing multiple firearms charges following the seizure of 11 guns that were possibly headed to local gangs.
According to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C., investigators acted on a tip, leading them to the man's home in the 10400-block of 140B Street.
"We followed up on it and, lo and behold, when we were there the guy walks out of his house carrying a few bags and in those bags were six guns," said Sgt. Lyndsey Houghton of the CFSEU. "So we arrested him and got a warrant for the house and when we went in we found five more guns, a few loaded, body armour, ammo and magazines."
Houghton said of the 11 guns discovered, a mix of handguns and rifles, 10 had the serial numbers filed off. The man in question is known to police, and investigators believe the guns were intended to be sold on the black market.
"We think these guns were destined to be sold to gang members, others involved in crime, whoever was willing to pay the most for them," he said.
"We've seized it all and now we're doing the follow-up part and now we're looking to see what gang ties (the suspect) might have, associations, where those guns came from, if he's had other guns before."
The man arrested has a lifetime ban on possessing firearms and Houghton noted that he has previous convictions for property-related crimes as well as drug, driving and firearm offences.
Charges against the man are expected in the coming weeks.
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