Fentanyl and firearms seized from Surrey basement property management thought were vacant

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Surrey police seized two firearms and hundreds of grams of fentanyl from a basement in the city’s Bear Creek area that property managers believed to be vacant.

Officers were called to the home near 87A Avenue and 142A Street on September 11 after a ‘property representative’ discovered illegal drugs in the apartment, according to an RCMP news release of Surrey.

Police secured the scene and obtained a search warrant, which they executed later the same day.

During the search of the suite, officers found a nine-millimeter semi-automatic handgun, a fully automatic rifle, ammunition and 358 grams of suspected fentanyl, RCMP said.

Police added that the fentanyl was “packaged in a manner consistent with street-level drug trafficking.”

In an email to CTV News Vancouver, Surrey RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Vanessa Munn said investigators were working to determine who accessed the basement suite and how they entered it.

“There was no one supposed to reside in the suite and it’s not common for us to find items like these in an unoccupied suite,” Munn said.

In the press release, Munn noted the deadly effects of fentanyl trafficking in British Columbia

“This year in British Columbia, more than 1,000 people have lost their lives due to the toxicity of illicit drugs,” she said. “358 grams of fentanyl may not seem like much, but considering that 2 milligrams is a potentially lethal dose, it shows how important even small drug seizures are. We encourage anyone suffering from addiction to seek helps their health care provider, and if you consume it, never use it alone.”

Police said their investigation is ongoing. They ask anyone with information related to the incident to call them at 604-599-0502. Advice can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers.