A 42-year-old Surrey man is in police custody and facing multiple firearms charges following the seizure of 11 guns 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 on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
"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," said Houghton. "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.
As for the source of the firearms, Houghton said the CFSEU was still working toward finding out where they came from, and said it was possible they could have come from the U.S.
"Absolutely it's a possibility that these guns were purchased either legally or illegally in the United States and then somehow smuggled into Canada," said Houghton. "These guns were all brand new, in their packaging...these had been obviously purchased somewhere."
Charges against the man by Crown Counsel are expected soon.
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