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Man arrested in connection to illegal after-hour clubs in BC

A crackdown on illegal after-hours clubs operating in Surrey has resulted in an arrest.

The investigation began after the RCMP received complaints about a number of after-hours clubs and parties springing up at commercial properties in Whalley.

Police were able to identify a man who was allegedly using leased commercial space to host unlicensed events.

Upon further investigation, it was found that the man may have also been hosting large gatherings in commercial properties that he accessed by breaking and entering.

Furthermore, investigators believe he’s the operator of the hookah lounge that Fraser Health identified as the spot of a COVID-19 exposure on Aug. 4.

Police arrested the man for break and enter, as well as uttering threats, but he’s since been released on strict conditions as the investigation continues.

“We want to strongly caution the public, particularly young people, to avoid these types of illegal parties, especially during a pandemic,” says Cpl. Bob Keay, of the COVID-19 Compliance and Enforcement Team.

“These types of events are often not compliant with local bylaws, fire codes, and public health orders that have been put in place for your safety.

Keay added that there are potential COVID-19 exposures at events that are linked to this investigation.

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