Vancouver police investigation targets Quebec organized crime group

VANCOUVER Police announced Tuesday they seized 24 kilograms of illicit drugs, along with firearms and cash, following a 14-month investigation into an organized crime group operating in the Vancouver area, originating from Quebec.

For more than a year, investigators from the VPD Organized Crime Section have been investigating the criminal operations of Zone 43 – a gang originating from Quebec whose members established their operations in Vancouver.

In May, investigators executed five search warrants – three in Vancouver and two in Burnaby. Police recovered more than 24 kilograms of drugs, including seven kilograms of fentanyl, 11 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of methamphetamine and four kilograms of mixing agents. Investigators also seized two handguns and more than $150,000 in cash.

“These impressive results are a direct result of the dedication and professionalism of our investigators and civilian professionals. Our personnel are committed to combating organized crime groups operating in our community, particularly those from other jurisdictions who seek to establish operations in Vancouver and profit from the sale of toxic drugs,” said Inspector Phil Heard, an organized crime officer with the Vancouver Police Department. Section.

Five men were arrested. These men, along with others identified during the investigation, will face numerous drug and criminal charges once the investigation is complete.