Two men connected to the ongoing Townline Hill conflict in Abbotsford have now been arrested.
Officers from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC) Uniform Gang Enforcement Team were conducting bail conditions checks on Aug. 25 when they saw marijuana in a open garage of a home in the 3200-block of Sisken Drive.
While conducting the curfew check, the officers also noticed an assault rifle. They then arrested the two men in the house.
After securing a search warrant, officers also found:
- One .223 AR-15 variant mini assault rifle
- One .223 calibre ammunition, in excess of 100 rounds
- One .40 calibre handgun
- One .22LR calibre handgun
- Magazine with 7 rounds of .22LR ammunition
- Bag with 200 rounds of .22 calibre ammunition
- Various small baggies of marijuana, heroin, and fake oxycodone
- Approximately 1 ounce of cocaine
- Approximately 1 ounce of heroin
- Cell phones
- Laptop computer
- Brass knuckles
Twenty-three-year old Gagandeep Singh Sandhu has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of unauthorized possession of a restricted/prohibited weapon, one count of possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, and two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon with ammo.
Twenty-four-year old Sukhvir Singh Sidhu is charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance.
“If individuals show disregard for the law and the safety of the public, our officers will be there to ensure that these individuals are dealt with by disrupting their criminal activities and taking their guns and drugs off the streets,” said S/Sgt. Lindsey Houghton, spokesperson for the CFSEU-BC, in a release. “Having charges approved against these individuals will now hold them accountable for their actions which have negatively impacted the residents of Abbotsford.”
“We commend the Uniform Gang Enforcement Team for this great work which involves one of the top public safety priorities for our community,” said Cst. Ian MacDonald, spokesperson for the Abbotsford Police Department, in a release. “The APD has utilized a variety of measures to suppress violence and to curtail incidents related to the Townline Hill conflict. We will continue to partner with CFSEU and our citizens to make our city safe.”
The Townline Hill conflict refers to an area of the city where a number of violent acts between rival groups have taken place.