Chilliwack-based crime group’s alleged members busted in Fort St. John

Sgt. Lindsey Houghton
Sgt. Lindsey Houghton

THREE more people have been arrested and significant quantities of drugs and cash have been seized, this time in Fort St. John, in relation to the Chilliwack-based crime group that was targeted by an investigation earlier this year, say police.

As the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) continues to investigate the criminal cell that saw the CFSEU-BC arrest numerous people and seize millions of dollars worth of drugs and guns, information came to light late last week that one of the group’s alleged drug runners was heading north, to B.C.’s Peace region, to restock their distributors.

The CFSEU-BC’s North District investigators quickly mobilized and were able to locate the 58-year-old alleged drug runner as he drove into the Fort St. John area on the evening of Friday, May 8. After observing him meet up with two other people in an isolated area just outside town, the CFSEU-BC’s investigators, with the help of the Fort St. John RCMP, took the three into custody.

A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately 1.8 kg of powdered cocaine, 1.6 kg of crack cocaine, and just under $138,000 in cash.

The 58-year-old, along with a 25-year-old man and a 19-year-old man, were later released from custody pending the approval of drug-related charges. Charges have yet to be laid against the previous five arrested in this ongoing investigation.

As mentioned on March 18, this crime group, while hailing from the Fraser Valley, operates the overwhelming majority of their alleged drug trafficking activities in cities and towns in B.C.’s central and north regions.

“We will continue to investigate and disrupt this group as they repeatedly show a complete disregard for the safety and well-being of British Columbians,” said CFSEU-BC’s spokesperson Sgt. Lindsey Houghton. “By removing these drugs and the cash associated to them, we are taking away not only their ability to commit crimes but to fuel their future criminal ventures.”