Surrey RCMP says it is making progress on stopping the drug trade, and the violence in that city.
It also says it is still working on catching the bigger fish behind the criminal gangs.
Saying it’s not lost on him, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy says the people police are dealing with are typically involved in street-level violence.
Fordy told reporters Monday they are trying to take out the targets on what they call “the higher end.”
“We are advancing in a meaningful way on some of the people that are targets, one of whom was arrested in White Rock about three weeks ago with the lab, the fentanyl lab.”
Fordy says eighteen arrests have been made over the past three weeks; eight in the last few days.
B.C.’s Solicitor General says another gun amnesty is planned for later this year, but Mike Morries is ruling out one idea for it.
Morris says there won’t be any cash-for-guns amnesty, which has arguably seen success in other parts of the world.
Morris saying he is not a proponent of that idea, adding he hopes the amnesty will encourage people who don’t want guns in their household anymore to turn them over.
“The government is not in the business of buying guns from people, but if people have unwanted firearms at home, we’ll certainly take them from them.”
According to an email from the government, the amnesty period will be announced later, which will allow people to contact police, who will pick up the guns.