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Fentanyl, crack, a chopper and the dog squad: Abbotsford cops bust 2 gang suspects

A photo attached to a release about a significant arrest by the Abbotsford Police Department. Arrested were Harniel Singh and Shahid Sirah Patel.
A photo attached to a release about a significant arrest by the Abbotsford Police Department. Arrested were Harniel Singh and Shahid Sirah Patel. Kevin Macdonald/Abbotsford Police Department

The Abbotsford Police Department’s (APD) gang unit made the “significant” arrest of two young men with the help of a helicopter and a police dog on Thursday.

They also found a “large quantity” of fentanyl and crack cocaine.

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On April 5, police pulled over a vehicle that was carrying 22-year-old Harniel Singh Singh, who tried to flee on foot before a police dog was deployed.

He was arrested on outstanding charges of uttering threats.

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Police searched Singh and found fentanyl and crack cocaine that had been “pre-packaged for sale,” the APD said in a news release.

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He was also charged with possession for the purpose of tracking, as well as obstruction.

Shahid Sirah Patel, 19, was with Singh when he was arrested. Patel is also facing charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking in fentanyl and cocaine.

Not his first arrest

All of this unfolded after Singh was arrested following a police chase just 12 days ago.

Back then, the Abbotsford police tried to stop a vehicle that they believed was involved in the drug trade.

The vehicle sped away from the cops before it hit a marked police vehicle.

Police followed the vehicle, once again with the help of a helicopter and the police dog service. Singh was arrested after the vehicle parked in Coquitlam.

Singh was arrested and charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, driving while prohibited and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

Both Singh and Patel were held by police in anticipation of a court appearance on Friday.