Seven people have been arrested after guns, explosives and hundreds of marijuana plants were seized at a Langley farmhouse, police say.
Investigators searched a farmhouse off 240 Street near Fraser Highway early on Nov. 13.
During a two day search of the property, they found two improvised explosive devices, bulletproof vests, nine handguns, three assault rifles, seven stolen vehicles, more than 600 rounds of ammunition and more than 500 pot plants.
The assault rifles and some of the handguns are either restricted or prohibited in Canada.
Police detonated the explosives on site and seized the rest of the items.
“This would be a staging area where criminal prepare and get geared up before they go to commit their crimes elsewhere,” said Vancouver police Supt. Mike Porteous on Wednesday.
“This is directly related to a Lower Mainland organized crime group conflict actively involved in violent crime throughout Greater Vancouver.”
The Vancouver Police worked with B.C.’s anti-gang unit and police based in Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford.
Porteous said that while more forensic and ballistic testing is needed before they can link the weapons to any of the recent violence in region, he “would not be surprised to see that these things were involved in shootings that have already occurred.”
He said that although none of the suspects have been named because no charged have been laid, all seven people arrested are considered to be gang members or associates.
Anyone with more details is asked to call the Vancouver police at 604-717-0505 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.