Alleged Chilliwack drug traffickers serviced Williams Lake

Several arrested in Chilliwack for alleged drug trafficking in Northern B.C. towns, including Williams Lake.

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia has made several arrests after a seven-month investigation into the alleged drug trafficking activities of a crime cell based out of the Fraser Valley that operated primarily in northern B.C. cities and towns from Williams Lake and as far north as Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.

“There have been several search warrants and the seizure of millions of dollars worth of illegal and potentially deadly drugs,” said CFSEU-BC media relations officer Sgt. Lindsey Houghton during a press conference Wednesday. “This investigation and the subsequent seizures will likely have a significant disruptive effect on this group’s ability to conduct crime in B.C.’s central and north regions and put people at risk.”

The announcement follows a seven-month investigation that began in late August 2014 and led investigators to execute search warrants at three residences in Chilliwack in November and February, where they found an estimated $5.15 million street value worth of drugs including cocaine, crystal meth, crack cocaine, fentanyl and cocaine cutting agents.

Officers also seized three semi-automatic rifles, two sub-machine guns, handguns, a revolver, a prohibited magazine and ammunition.

“We have all heard of the dangers that drugs like Fentanyl pose to users and we are extremely pleased that we could make B.C.’s streets safer,” Houghton said.