Special gang unit seizes weapons and drugs, stops stabbing

Members of a police unit focussed on putting a lid on gang activity seized a trove of weapons and drugs - and intervened in a stabbing - when they were in the city last week.

Over four days, the Uniform Gang Enforcement Team (UGET) pulled over 125 vehicles and checked 165 people - the majority of them connected to the street-level drug trade, police said Wednesday.

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Members seized one can of pepper spray, handcuffs, a loaded SKS semi-automatic rifle with ammunition, various other ammunition, knives of various types, including one with attached brass knuckles, a crossbow, one imitation handgun and one BB gun resembling a handgun.

Of particular concern was the SKS rifle which police said was found inside a vehicle along with other items associated with criminal activity.

Also seized were small quantities of suspected cocaine, crystal meth, and potentially deadly fentanyl.

Also while out on the streets, members witnessed a stabbing.

"Officers immediately intervened to stop the assault, called for medical assistance for the victim and apprehend the suspect," police said.

A branch of the B.C. Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, UGET is based in the Lower Mainland but is regularly deploy to communities around the province to provide short term support to local police agencies.

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