Five month drug investigation nets significant seizure

Ridge Meadows

2020-08-13 09:27 PDT

File # 2020-6866, 2020-15217

Maple Ridge, B.C. – A five month long drug investigation by the Ridge Meadows RCMP’s Street Enforcement Unit (SEU) yields one man in custody and the largest seizure of drugs, weapons and cash in the detachment’s history.

In March of 2020, the SEU was investigating activity related to the illicit drug trade and, in particular, Blue Fentanyl, which is believed to be linked to multiple overdose deaths throughout the lower mainland. The investigation led the team to identify a 34 year old, Maple Ridge man reported to be selling drugs in the downtown core of Maple Ridge.

On July 15, 2020, after a 5 month investigation, search warrants were executed with the assistance of the Integrated Emergency Response Team (IERT) on two residences; one in Maple Ridge and one in Mission, B.C. As a result of the search warrants one man was arrested and the following was seized as part of the investigation;

Currency:

Drugs:

Weapons:

On July 16, 2020, Christopher Leigh Harmes, of Maple Ridge, attended Provincial court in Port Coquitlam and was charged with the following nine offences:

"To put this in perspective to the sheer volume of drugs that were seized, this is the equivalent of one potentially lethal dose per person for an entire Vancouver Canucks sold out home game crowd...four times over," states Inspector Aaron Paradis. "No community should have this amount of drugs on their streets."

This week Ridge Meadows RCMP is forwarding 11 further drug related charges in this investigation.

Mr. Harmes has been previously convicted for drug trafficking offences in 2010, 2012, and 2015.

Released by
Cst. Julie Klaussner
Media Relations Officer
Ridge Meadows RCMP
Email: julie.klaussner@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
 

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