Police recover stolen vehicles, drugs in Downes Road raid

A Maple Ridge man is facing multiple charges following Jan. 4 search

  • Jan. 10, 2018 9:15 a.m.

A 43-year-old Maple Ridge man is facing multiple charges after police found stolen vehicles, tools and drugs while executing a search warrant at a property in the 27600 block of Downes Rd. on the Aldergrove/Abbotsford border.

Robert Allen Vrban has been charged with one count each of Possession of Stolen Property over $5,000, Operate a Motor Vehicle while Disqualified, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Officers from Langley Traffic Section obtained a search warrant on Jan. 4 for the property as part of a stolen vehicle investigation from earlier in the week. The search was carried out with the assistance of Air One and the Abbotsford Police Emergency Response Team.

As police staged outside the property, it is alleged Vrban left in a stolen Dodge Challenger that had been reported stolen in Surrey earlier that day.

Vrban attempted to evade arrest but was confined by two Lower Mainland Police Dog Services vehicles.

He was then arrested without incident. A subsequent search found substances believed to be cocaine, marijuana and a large quantity of methamphetamine, for which he received a trafficking charge.

It took Abbotsford Police Department’s ERT team over four hours to do a safety clearing of the farm property before Langley investigators were able to enter and continue the search.

In total, there were six stolen vehicles, one boat trailer, tools and a truck canopy recovered from the property.

“This is a classic case of ‘You never know what is going to happen during your day in policing,’” said Superintendent Murray Power, Officer in Charge of the Langley Detachment.

“Our Langley members were engaged in a fairly straight forward search warrant execution that quickly turned into a multi-agency event over two days. The co-ordination with Abbotsford PD ERT, Air One and Police Dog Services was seamless and extremely professional. All arrests were made and searches completed with no one being injured on either side. The Fraser Valley residents were well served by their police on this day.”

Vrban has been remanded in custody and will appear in court today (Jan. 10).



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

By-invitation meet-and-greet for Township council candidates draws flak

Organizer rejects complaint it amounted to a slate, calls suggestion a ‘conspiracy theory.’

Updated: Major power outage affects 1,400 Hydro clients in Langley

Cable fault cited, power not restored till late in the evening, Hydro says

Langley rower captures silver at world championships

The women’s eight makes a come-from-behind charge for back to back world championship medals

Fraser River First Nations say they aren’t getting their share of sockeye

Shortage is a result of decisions made by DFO, not a shortage of sockeye, complaint says

Aldergrove Mall site becomes election issue

Letter from developers supporting current Township council sparks flurry of responses

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Vancouver, Delta police won’t use new roadside saliva test to detect pot

The Dräger DrugTest 5000 is designed to find THC, the high-inducing part of marijuana

Canada aiming for the moon, and beyond, with new space technology efforts

With an eye on future lunar exploration, Canada’s space agency is calling on companies to present their ideas for everything from moon-rover power systems to innovative mineral prospecting techniques.

New Brunswick Premier meets with lieutenant-governor as Tories, Liberals vie for power

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said the only other leader he had spoken with since results came in was Green Leader David Coon.

Trudeau looks to restart Canada’s UN charm offensive in New York City

Freeland says the question of job retraining in the 21st century — and the uncertainty that surrounds it — is the federal government’s central preoccupation.

Calgary mayor seeks person who leaked details of closed-door Olympic meeting

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he will ask the city’s integrity commissioner to investigate a leak of details from an in-camera council meeting.

South Surrey boy, 10, to help kids in need

Ronin Bulmer, 10, is going door-to-door asking for donations

B.C. MP Cannings spared brunt of Ottawa tornadoes

MP Richard Cannings was spared the impact of the tornadoes that hit the Ottawa region

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

Most Read