Surrey Six accused pleads guilty to drug and gun charges

Charged with manslaughter, Sophon Sek was out on bail when he trafficked drugs.

Sophon Sek

One of the men charged in connection to the Surrey Six murders has pleaded guilty to seven separate drug- and weapons-related charges.

Sophon Sek was charged in March (alongside numerous co-accused) with a string of drug trafficking, possession and firearms offences alleged to have taken place in Surrey between June and September 2014.

The charges came after raids that led to a cache of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and other drugs, as well as money, guns and ammunition.

Last Thursday (Oct. 1), Sek pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and two counts of possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition. He originally faced 20 charges.

The drug and weapons offences took place while Sek was on bail, as he faces manslaughter and break and enter charges in connection with the October 2007 murder of six men in a Surrey apartment – a mass slaying now commonly referred to as the Surrey Six case.

He was released from custody on bail in early 2010, three months after being charged with manslaughter, and was to adhere to several conditions.

Six men were shot to death in the Balmoral apartment tower on Oct. 19, 2007: innocent bystanders Christopher Mohan and Ed Schellenberg, as well as Corey Lal, Michael Lal, Eddie Narong and Ryan Bartolomeo, who were linked to the drug trade.

During the trial of Red Scorpion gang members Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston – now imprisoned for life after six first-degree murder convictions – the court heard Sek, a Triad gang member, led the murderers to the door of Corey Lal, the intended target in the deadly drug turf dispute.

Sek is scheduled to be in Surrey Provincial Court Nov. 3 to set a date for sentencing on the drug and firearms convictions. He’s also due to appear on the manslaughter charge on the same day.

He has been in custody since his March arrest.

 

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