A “dangerous offender” is in custody, and the Vancouver Police have seized thousands of dollars in cash, and millions of dollars worth of cocaine from a downtown Vancouver apartment.
Just before 3:30 p.m. last Friday, a 40-year-old man connected to an apartment on Quebec Street was taken into custody. The man was arrested near Expo Boulevard and Smithe Street.
At about 4 p.m. investigators with the Vancouver Police Organized Crime Section with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team, entered the apartment in the 1100-block of Quebec Street and found it empty. A search warrant was obtained and then executed on Saturday morning. Police found several safes believed to contain money and drugs.
The 54 kg of cocaine has an estimated value of over three million dollars.
“The VPD has made a commitment to reduce the violence linked to the illicit drug trade in the Downtown Eastside,” says Superintendent Mike Porteous of the VPD. “This seizure will be a significant disruption to the distribution of cocaine and the violence associated to it.”
No charges have been recommended yet as investigators are working on processing and reviewing the evidence and attempting to identify the resident of the apartment.