Three arrested, thousands of suspected fentanyl doses seized in Surrey drug busts

Street drugs, including fentanyl, and cash seized after two-month investigation.

  • Feb. 1, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Surrey RCMP have arrested three people and seized a large haul of drugs and cash after a two-month probe.

RCMP executed a search warrant in the 10100 block of 127 Street on Jan. 13, and seized 240 doses of suspected heroin and fentanyl, 21 doses of methamphetamine packaged for sale, and approximately $13,000.

A 30-year-old Surrey man was arrested, but has not been named because he has not been yet charged.

About two weeks later, through a subsequent search warrant in a residence two blocks away, police seized 3,600 doses of suspected heroin and fentanyl, 500 doses of meth, and 410 doses of crack cocaine all packaged for street-level sale.

About $3,000 cash was also retrieved.

Lee Roy Braaten of Surrey, 54, was arrested, and has been charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

A third person, 47-year-old Wanta Stopa of Surrey, was arrested in the 10600 block of 135 A Street and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, and one count of failing to comply with recognizance.

In November, Mounties launched a drug investigation in the 135A Street area, in response to a high number of overdose-related deaths.

“Surrey has had the second highest number of overdose deaths in B.C., second only to Vancouver,” says Surrey RCMP Proactive Enforcement Officer Insp. Shawna Baher. “The 135A Street area and the people that frequent that area have been significantly impacted by the ongoing fentanyl health crisis.”

 

Just Posted

Surrey Veterans Village groundbreaking ‘monumental’

$312-million project to house Canada’s first ‘centre of excellence’ for PTSD and mental health

Surrey policing plan sent to provincial government for review

‘I urge our residents to come out and help us shape their Surrey Police Department,’ Surrey mayor says

Surrey councillors say they’ve now seen policing transition plan

Locke and Hundial decline to share details of the plan, repeat calls for its release to residents

RCMP target speeders in White Rock, Surrey

Officers throughout the province launch Swoop campaign

Cloverdale high school raising money for first-ever grad dinner

Bottle and clothing drive will fundraise for Cloverdale Learning Centre’s first graduation dinner

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

North Delta happenings: week of May 23

Events and community listings for North Delta

Public warned after man exposes himself to girl, 13, in North Vancouver

RCMP say incident may be linked to others that happened last year

Improve your life and theirs, adopt a cat from the BC SPCA

The BC SPCA holds an adult cat adoption promotion

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Most Read