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2 charged in B.C. drug busts

01/07/2012 05:18 EST | Updated 03/08/2012 05:12 EST

Charges have now been laid against two men in drug busts in Vancouver and Burnaby last summer, according to an RCMP press release.

The Waterfront Joint Forces Operation unit raided two homes — in the 7600 block of Burris Street in Burnaby and the 2700 block of East 16th Avenue in Vancouver — in July and seized more than 28 kilograms of methamphetamines, one kilo of cocaine, one handgun and some ammunition.

"The Waterfront Joint Forces Operation team took a huge shipment of dangerous drugs and a firearm off the streets and made our communities safer as a result," RCMP Sgt. Duncan Pound said in the release.

"This is a prime example of how integrated units combine strengths to effectively target criminal activity across the Lower Mainland, British Columbia and abroad."

The Waterfront Joint Forces Operation includes the RCMP, Vancouver Police Department, Delta Police Department and the Canada Border Services Agency. The unit specializes in port investigations and marine security.

Drug charges have been laid against a 44-year-old Burnaby man and a 44-year-old Vancouver man. The Burnaby man also faces an additional weapons charge.

Police say the drug seizures were the culmination of a "complex investigation involving trafficking in methamphetamines."

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