Grande Prairie… Four people associated to an organized crime group known as the Surrey Boys have been arrested following a series of ALERT raids in Grande Prairie. A significant amount of drugs and cash were seized, along with two handguns.
Nearly a quarter million dollars’ worth of drugs and cash proceeds of crime was seized as the result of search warrants being executed on January 21. Three Grande Prairie residences were searched with the assistance of RCMP Grande Prairie.
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“This demonstrates ALERT’s ability to target gang-related activity in communities across the province and it has a significant public safety impact,” said Insp. Chad Coles.
The search warrants resulted in the seizure of:
- Two handguns;
- 1.4 kilograms of cocaine;
- 1.5 kilograms of marijuana;
- 59 grams of heroin;
- 35 grams of MDMA;
- 20 fentanyl pills;
- Three vehicles;
- $55,415 in cash proceeds of crime.
The drugs seized have an estimated street value of $183,290. Cash and three vehicles were seized as offence related property and will be submitted to the province’s civil forfeiture office.
One of the handguns was a loaded, prohibited revolver, while the other handgun was previously reported stolen out of Burnaby in 2004.
Four people were arrested all have strong ties to Surrey, B.C. and are allegedly involved in Grande Prairie drug trafficking operations under the name Surrey Boys. ALERT believes they are connected to a larger organized crime group operating in the lower mainland area.
The four accused face a total of 73 charges relating to firearms and drugs:
- Thomas Saul, 31;
- Kristopher Soucy, 31;
- Richard Morales, 25;
- Danielle Zentner, 21.
ALERT began their investigation into the Surrey Boys in November 2015. ALERT will continue the investigation and be in liaison with policing partners in B.C.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.