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B.C. anti-gang unit raids house in west Prince Rupert

Officers seen carrying semi-automatic weapons on Sloan Avenue June 5

Police are being tight-lipped so far about why the province’s Combined Special Forces Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) was deployed to Prince Rupert’s west end this afternoon (June 5).

At least three unmarked vehicles along with three regular local RCMP units descended on a house in the 1700 block of Sloan Avenue. Some of the officers, clad in black SWAT-style uniforms and body armour were seen carrying semi-automatic military-style weapons.

“I can confirm that CFSEU-BC was executing a search warrant in that location related to an ongoing investigation,” said Stephanie Bishop, a CFSEU communications strategist. “At this time, I don’t have anything further I can comment on.”

The CFSEU, made up of members of every police agency in the province including the RCMP, was established in 2009 to specifically target gang-related drug trafficking and the violence associated with it.

More to come.

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Thom Barker

About the Author: Thom Barker

After graduating with a geology degree from Carleton University and taking a detour through the high tech business, Thom started his journalism career as a fact-checker for a magazine in Ottawa in 2002.
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