Two Surrey men who police say are associates of the Dhak/Duhre and United Nations (UN) gang alliance have been charged with multiple drug and weapons offences.
The CFSEU (Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C.) says it began investigating Zemaan Chaudhry, 26, last May after receiving information he allegedly had a drug dealing business in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island. Speculation was that he had taken control of the former drug lines run by Manjinder (Manny) Hairan and Sukh Dhak, both of whom were shot to death in recent years.
CFSEU said as the investigation of Chaudhry progressed, it was suspected a second man, 21-year-old Alvinder Sekhon, was working with him.
Several homes were pinpointed as “stash houses” – for making, packaging and storing drugs – used by the two to supply dealers throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
Chaudhry and Sekhon were arrested by CFSEU in June 2013 for trafficking and possession, but the investigation continued until late last year. Three Surrey homes and two vehicles were searched and just before Christmas, numerous criminal charges against each of them were approved by Crown.
They face seven counts each of possession with the purpose of drug trafficking, one of possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition, and one of knowingly possessing a prohibited weapon without a license. Chaudry also faces a tenth charge of possession of a firearm contrary to a court order.
“Chaudhry has long-standing ties to the former Dhak/Duhre/UN Gang alliance and is believed to have a prevalent role in the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict,” said a press release from the CFSEU.
The homes searched were in the 6600 block of 120 Street, the 13000 block of 70 Avenue and the 8700 block of 161 Street.
During the searches, investigators found a loaded semi-automatic pistol, plus various quantities of an array of drugs including cocaine, heroin, opium, ecstasy, marijuana and oxycontin, as well as $32,000 cash, money counters, GPS trackers and cell phone jammers.
There were also zap straps and duct tape discovered, as well as areas police called “sophisticated” hidden compartments inside both vehicles and at one of the homes.
Both Chaudhry and Sekhon are scheduled to be in Surrey Provincial Court Feb. 6.