(File photo: Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Man arrested in ‘after-hours club crackdown’ in Whalley, Surrey RCMP say

Police say they received information about clubs, parties ‘springing up’ at commercial properties

Surrey RCMP say a 40-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly uttering threats and a break-and-enter in connection to an investigation into “illegal after-hours clubs” operating in Whalley.

Surrey RCMP and the COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team began investigating in August after receiving information “about a number of after-hours clubs and parties springing up at commercial properties in Whalley,” according to a release from Surrey RCMP Friday (Aug. 7).

READ ALSO: Surrey sets up joint COVID-19 team for enforcement, complaints, March 27, 2020

Police said that during the investigation, officers were able to identify the suspect who was “allegedly using a leased commercial space to host unlicensed events,” adding that investigators believe he may have hosted gatherings at commercial properties he allegedly accessed through break-and-enter.

In the release, Surrey RCMP also included a poster advertising an event at 10609 King George Blvd. for Friday (Aug. 7). The poster says the “First Fridays Party” would include several DJs and an open bar before midnight.

The party has since been cancelled, police added.

The address for the party is the same as a hookah lounge that Fraser Health issues a warning for a COVID-19 public exposure.

READ ALSO: Fraser Health warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Surrey hookah lounge, Aug. 6, 2020

Listed on the health authority’s public exposures page, it says people who were at a hookah lounge, located at 10609 King George Blvd., just before midnight on July 31 until 4 a.m. on Aug. 1 and just before midnight on Aug. 1 until 5 a.m. on Aug. 2 should self-monitor.

Surrey RCMP said that investigators believe the hookah lounge “was being operated by the same individual.”

The man was released from police custody, “with a number of conditions,” according to RCMP.

“We want to strongly caution the public, particularly young people, to avoid these types of illegal parties, especially during a pandemic,” said Corporal Bob Keay, of the COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team.

“These types of events are often not compliant with local bylaws, fire codes, and public health orders that have been put in place for your safety. In this investigation we have already had a link to possible exposures to COVID-19.”

Anyone with information regarding illegal after-hours parties asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or solvecrime.ca.



lauren.collins@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Lauren on Twitter

Coronavirussurrey rcmp

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

White Rock exhibit designed to ignite passion for the arts

Surrey Artswest Showcase to include semi-private lessons

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

Surrey denturist goes mobile

Dr. Sarwar Sarwari, of True Fit Denture Centre, has had the van up and running for a month

White Rock Playhouse, Bell Centre lit up red in support of entertainment workers

Facilities across Canada participated in national Light Up Live movement on Sept. 22

New 10-bed substance use program opens in Surrey

It’s described as a ‘soft landing’ for people who are coming out of detox

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

VIDEO: COVID won’t dampen Lower Mainland woman’s Halloween spirit

Langley’s Tanya Reid posted video offering suggestions of how trick-or-treating might look for her

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Most Read