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Coquitlam man arrested, drugs seized, after dramatic takedown in Surrey

Large amount of cocaine seized from suspect's car — equivalent to more than 1,000 doses — as Surrey anti-gang squad steps up enforcement in response to Lower Mainland gang shootings
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Surrey RCMP photos of the suspected cocaine, cash and cell phones found in a car on Sunday. The driver was a Coquitlam resident.

A Coquitlam man was arrested with a partial brick of cocaine in his car after a dramatic takedown in Surrey last weekend.

But the identity of the 27-year-old man is not being released.

According to a press release issued by Surrey RCMP, the man was caught when he tried to flee a speed stop in the area of 108 Avenue and 102 Street on Sunday.

The arrest happened after members of the Surrey Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) spotted a speeding vehicle and, when the driver didn’t stop, they tried to get ahead of his vehicle with other SGET units in the area. 

“With no route of escape, the suspect vehicle stopped and the driver was arrested,” media relations officer Const. Sarbjit Sangha said in the release.

And when officers searched the car, they allegedly found a partial brick of “suspected” cocaine, weighing 247 grams. “This amount of cocaine — when packaged for street level sale — is 1,225 doses, the equivalent of 25 bus loads of people,” he noted.

Besides the suspected drugs, police also found multiple cell phones, $160 in cash and a knife, all of which were seized as “offence-related property.”

The man was released at the scene; charges have not yet been laid.

The drug bust comes two weeks after members of a Metro Vancouver anti-gang unit seized five guns from a Coquitlam home after investigating a suspicious vehicle at Coquitlam Centre mall.

The efforts by gang enforcement units are part of a campaign to clamp down on ongoing gang violence following a spate of recent shootings including in Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley, Richmond and Coquitlam.