UPDATE: RCMP seize crabs, vessel in Surrey

Charges pending against 50-year-old man

A B.C. man is under police investigation after RCMP searched a vessel at the Wards Marina, located on the Nicomekl River, and found three large coolers full of crabs.

According to an RCMP news release issued Wednesday, the Vancouver Pacific Shiprider Program observed a suspicious vessel being removed from the water at the South Surrey marina.

The suspect, who was pulling the vessel out of the water at the time police made contact, was arrested for illegal possession of crabs and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans were contacted to conduct a Fisheries Act investigation, Sgt. Mike Fox told Peace Arch News Wednesday.

Police seized 89 crabs and returned them to the ocean.

RCMP Shiprider members also conducted an impaired-driving investigation and served a three-day immediate roadside probation.

The driving suspension prohibits the suspect from operating both water and road vehicles for the duration of the ban.

A truck and 21’ Bayliner vessel and boat registered to the suspect were seized.

Police say charges are pending against a 50-year-old man.

Fox said police were unable to get an official city of residency for the suspect, but have confirmed that he lives in the Lower Mainland.

Fox said there are two teams within the Shiprider program, one based out of Surrey and the other based out of Victoria.

“It’s a specialized program, high-speed vessels that work hand in hand in direct partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard,” Fox said.

Both U.S. Coast Guard and RCMP members are specifically trained for Shiprider operations. U.S. Coast Guard officers and RCMP members carry out investigations on the same vessel.

While in Canada, Fox said, U.S. Coast Guard members are given a peace officer status and work under direction of the RCMP.

“It removes the barrier of law enforcement, really,” Fox added.

The Shiprider team targets any type of cross border criminality, Fox said, including illegal guns, drugs, human trafficking or fishing.

 

Just Posted

Surrey’s top cop says city ‘could be safer’ with more officers,

City’s proposed budget suggests no RCMP will be added to force in 2019

PSA ad campaign targets young women involved with gangs

Crime Stoppers campaign encourages girls to reject being lured into the gangster lifestyle

White Rock to allow dogs on promenade

Plans for a one-year pilot program would continue to ban canines on waterfront from May to August

In split vote, Surrey council gives early nod to draft budget

Councillors Locke, Pettigrew, Hundial and Annis vote against capital program

Delta man charged in relation to North Delta thefts

Taranjot Singh Grewal, 40, of Delta, is facing five theft-related charges

Heavy rain, wind cause power outages in White Rock

Chance of showers throughout the evening

B.C. Lions hire DeVone Claybrooks as head coach

Former Stampeders DC succeeds CFL legend Wally Buono

France shooting: 2 dead, several wounded in Strasbourg

A world-famous Christmas market was put on lock down on Tuesday

Canadian warship witnesses possible violations of North Korea sanctions

Crew members on HMCS Calgary took photos and collected other information

Christine Sinclair named Canadian Women’s player of the year again

This is the 14th time Sinclair has been named player of the year

B.C. man wants trapping laws changed after dog killed

Louis Seguin’s 10-month-old Australian shepherd died in a body-gripping trap last month

Nearly 8,000 homeless in B.C., first province-wide count reveals

Twenty-four seperate counts in B.C. cities found there are thousands of homeless in all corners of province

White Rock to allow dogs on promenade

Plans for a one-year pilot program would continue to ban canines on waterfront from May to August

Most Read