Gang enforcement officers arrest prolific offender with help of police dog


2022-09-14 10:27 PDT

File # 2022-133655

Surrey RCMP is advising the public of a recent arrest of a prolific offender who fled from police and was located with the help of a police dog.

On September 3, 2022 at 9:00 p.m., Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s Uniform Gang Enforcement Team (UGET) were conducting proactive patrols as part of their ongoing violence suppression efforts in Surrey.

After initiating a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 6400 block of 121 Street, the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed. Officers were able to deploy a spike belt to quickly stop the vehicle.

With assistance from the Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS), a male suspect was located and taken into custody. A search of the male and vehicle revealed two replica handguns and bear spray. Police also discovered modifications to the vehicle that appeared to mimic police vehicle emergency lights.

On September 4, 2022, 29-year-old Justin Mercieca was charged with multiple offences including: flight from police, dangerous operation of motor vehicle, three counts of possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, possession of an identity document that relates or purports to another person, and driving while prohibited under the Motor Vehicle Act. He remains in custody awaiting his next court appearance.

photo of replica firearms 

Gang enforcement officers from Surrey and CFSEU-BC are out conducting roving patrols, targeting dangerous offenders and those involved in criminal activity like Justin Mercieca, who put the safety of other’s at risk in our community, says Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer, Cst. Sarbjit K. Sangha.

Anyone with information about this incident is 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


Released by:

Cst. Sarbjit Sangha
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
Office: 604-599-7776


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