Seizure of ammunition and a gun from a Langley home this week have translated to a myriad of charges against a 33-year-old Abbotsford man.
It started Tuesday evening (Nov. 29), when members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C.’s gang enforcement team tried pulling over a vehicle in Abbotsford, explained Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton.
The team “observed individuals in a vehicle that was believed to be connected to Abbotsford’s ongoing Townline Hill conflict, engaged in behaviour consistent with drug trafficking,” Houghton said.
During a traffic stop by the gang unit, the vehicle initially pulled over, “but then tried to flee,” Houghton explained.
The vehicle was relocated and one man spotted running away from that vehicle, as it sped away.
The suspect fleeing on foot was “quickly” located and arrested.
A police dog was brought in to search the area, and discovered a loaded 9 mm handgun.
The vehicle, Houghton elaborated, was not found.
Since the man’s arrest and the seizure of the gun, police obtained a search warrant for his home in the 19300 block of 83rd Avenue in Langley.
During the search, police found ammunition and a small pistol they believe has been modified to shoot 0.22-calibre ammunition.
Barinder Singh Dhaliwal has subsequently been charged with one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm, one count of possession of a prohibited loaded firearm, one count of possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, and one count of possession contrary to an order.
Dhaliwal has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Abbotsford court on Dec. 8,
“This arrest shows the full capacity of the CFSEU-BC and successfulness of an integrated approach to working with our police partners,” Houghton said.
“Without a carefully coordinated plan, we would not be able to disrupt the criminal behaviour of individuals who are engaged in the most violent acts and take them and their guns off the streets.”