An alleged gun smuggler, thought to be responsible for dealing American handguns to Canadian gangs, was arrested in Langley at the end of August.
Tyler Ryan Cuff, a 30-year-old Osoyoos man, was arrested by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, a B.C. anti-gang squad.
Officers with the CFSEU, working undercover, were allegedly sold a semi-automatic assault-style Norinco MAK-90 rifle, and several steroid kits, all near the intersection of 88th Avenue and 200th Street in Walnut Grove.
Cuff was arrested, and has now been released to await his next court appearance on Sept. 13 in Surrey.
The investigation began in May and centred around Cuff’s home in Osoyoos, said Sgt. Lindsey Houghton, spokesperson for the CFSEU.
A tip claimed that a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen was smuggling guns over the border at the crossing between Osoyoos and nearby Oroville, Wash.
Investigators now believe that the suspect was buying possibly dozens of guns, mostly Glock automatic handguns, at gun shows in the United Sttaes. The guns were purchased legally, then smuggled into Canada, where they were sold to various gang-related groups in the Okanagan and Lower Mainland, Houghton said.
Cuff has no previous criminal record and was not known to police. He has now been charged with two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, one count of careless use of a firearm, contravening storage regulations, and firearm trafficking.
The investigation, dubbed Project E-Passkey, is ongoing and is now working on determining how many guns were brought into Canada, and to whom they were sold.
The CFSEU is also looking into whether this investigation has connections to any other police inquiries.
“We all know that guns in the hands of gangsters put everyone at risk,” said Houghton.
The CFSEU also worked with Canada Border Services, the RCMP’s Integrated Border Integrity Team, the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team, and American agencies including the BATF and Homeland Security.
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