B.C.’s anti-gang agency returned to Kamloops last month for another targeted campaign against Kamloops’ criminal underworld.
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s (CFSEU) uniform gang enforcement team (UGET) stopped 144 vehicles, checked 173 people and seized a variety of substances believed to be methamphetamine, crack cocaine and fentanyl during a nine-day sweep of Kamloops in February.
The anti-gang squads also seized 19 weapons, including a replica .357 magnum pellet gun, knives, brass knuckles and bear spray, and more than $48,000 in cash believed to be associated to the drug trade.
In Kamloops, UGET was also responsible for arresting several individuals on outstanding warrants in addition to their dedicated gang suppression efforts, according to a CFSEU press release.
The team’s suppression efforts provided Kamloops RCMP “the opportunity to focus on their priority investigations and arrest the key suspects responsible for recent violence,” the release stated.
On the afternoon of Feb. 15, one man was killed and a woman suffered serious injuries, having been shot multiple times in the face, at an apartment complex in the 1900-block of Tranquille Road in another gang-related shooting. Investigators have since arrested two men who are charged with murder and attemted murder.
This was UGET’s second visit to Kamloops in just a few weeks to quell organized crime, which has become more pronounced in recent months.
The team conducted a seven-day operation in late January following two fatal shootings police described as targeted attacks related to a local gang war. The RCMP now believe one of those two men was the victim in a deadly case of mistaken identity.
During the first operation police stopped 78 vehicles and checked 132 people believed to be connected to the street-level drug trade, seizing brass knuckles, knives, axes, machetes and a .22 caliber firearm.
They also confiscated $40,000 they believe was tied to the drug trade, as well as small amounts of cocaine, crystal meth and fentanyl.