UPDATE: Man linked to Townline Hill conflict was charged in Calgary home invasion earlier this year

Police found two handguns, a mini assault rifle and a variety of ammunition and marijuana during a curfew check on Aug. 26 in Abbotsford.

This small assault rifle was seized by police

One of the men arrestedl last week after police seized a variety of drugs and guns was charged earlier this year in connection with a home invasion in Calgary.

Police arrested two men and seized drugs and guns during a check on two men connected with the ongoing Townline Hill conflict.

Two handguns, a mini assault rifle, a variety of ammunition and marijuana, heroin, fake oxycodone and cocaine were seized from a home in the 3200 block of Sisken Drive on August 25, according to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU). Scales, packaging, cell phones, a laptop computer and brass knuckles were also seized, and two men have now been charged. 

The CFSEU says members of its uniform gang enforcement team were checking bail conditions and curfews of individuals at the home when one noticed an assault rifle. Two men were arrested and a subsequent search yielded the various items.

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Gagandeep Singh Sandhu, 23, faces a number of charges, including two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon with ammunition and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a restricted/prohibited weapon, and possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized.

Sukhvir Singh Sidhu, 24, has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Earlier this year, Sandhu was charged along with five others in connection to a home invasion in which a disabled man in a wheelchair was seriously assaulted.

On Feb. 25, police were called to a home for a report of armed men breaking into a house. According to a police news release, “the men allegedly tied up the two residents in the home, seriously assaulted a disabled man who was confined to a wheelchair, stole a number of items from the home and fled.” It took around an hour for the victims to free themselves, and the disabled man was taken to hospital in stable condition.

Police said they believed the home was targeted for its small medical marijuana grow operation, although the victims weren’t believed to have any criminal ties.

Later that day, police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle believed to be tied to the home invasion. A search turned up a pistol with a high-capacity magazine and a small amount of marijuana. Sandhu, who police said was from Sherwood Park, Alta., was one of two occupants of the vehicle. He and the other person in the vehicle were charged with four “firearm related offences,” along with possession of marijuana, break and enter, committing an offence while disguised and forcible confinement.

The incident was investigated by the Calgary Police Service Gang Enforcement Team.

“If individuals show disregard for the law and the safety of the public, our officers will be there to ensure that these individuals are dealt with by disrupting their criminal activities and taking their guns and drugs off the streets,” Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton, spokesperson for the CFSEU-BC, said in a press release. “Having charges approved against these individuals will now hold them accountable for their actions which have negatively impacted the residents of Abbotsford.”

The conflict is named for Townline Road and adjacent neighbourhoods in which two groups of young men – primarily of South Asian descent – are battling for drug turf.

Three killings have so far been linked to the Townline Hill conflict – the October 2014 drive-by fatal shooting of 18-year-old Harwin Baringh on Sparrow Drive; the September 2015 death of innocent man Ping Shun Ao, 74, who was struck by a stray bullet which had been intended for his neighbour on Promontory Court; and the March 2016 shooting of a 22-year-old man while he was outside a home on Hawthorne Avenue.

In July, police said a shooting that left an SUV pockmarked with bullet holes and sent the occupant to hospital had “all the earmarks” of the conflict.

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