Chilliwack dial-a-dope investigation leads to charges

Four people from Chilliwack face charges after being arrested during two RCMP raids in the spring of 2015.

Drugs seized by Chilliwack RCMP during raids last year. Four people are now facing charges.

Drugs seized by Chilliwack RCMP during raids last year. Four people are now facing charges.

Four people from Chilliwack face charges after being arrested during two RCMP raids in the spring of 2015.

Brian Leslie Schapansky, 42, of Chilliwack faces 11 charges under the Control Drug and Substance Act for unlawfully trafficking a controlled substance.  Schapansky also faces two Criminal Code charges of possession of a prohibited device, and two Criminal Code charges of transferring a prohibited device.

Dina Anthony, 52, of Chilliwack faces four drug trafficking charges and  four additional firearms-related charges.

Constantinos Gus Anthony, 51, of Chilliwack also faces four drug trafficking charges and  four firearms-related charges. .

Jamie Leanne Rogers, 31, of Chilliwack faces three drug trafficking charges, two charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, one Firearms Act charge of storing a firearm contrary to regulation, and one Criminal Code charge for possessing a firearm without a licence.

The four defendants are scheduled to appear in provincial court in late February 2016.

The charges stem from the RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) investigation initiated after police received reports in August and September 2014 of the alleged sale of heroin by a dial a dope organization from the 8100 block of Young Street.

Throughout November and December of 2014 CRU investigators were joined by undercover officers from the RCMP E Division Support Services who covertly purchased heroin from a male suspect.  As police pursued their investigation the quantity of drug’s sold in each covert sale increased along with officers also being offered brass knuckles equipped with built in conducted energy weapons for purchase.

From January to March of 2015 police conducted six undercover drug purchases from the suspect while gathering further evidence through surveillance which led investigators to identify two Chilliwack addresses as the alleged heroin suppliers.

On March 10, 2015 Chilliwack CRU search a home in the 10000 block of Woods Avenue, seizing approximately six grams of methamphetamine, over 490 grams of Phenacetin, 570 pills containing both MDMA and TFMPP, approximately 360 grams of TFMPP, four firearms, a conducted energy weapon, cash and further evidence of drug trafficking activity.  Dina Anthony and Contstantinos Anthony were arrested at the address and later released from custody by police.

On April 2, 2015 officers from the Chilliwack CRU executed a Controlled Drug and Substance Warrant in the 9300 block of Nowell Street.  Police seized a loaded carbine rifle, four grams of crack cocaine, seven grams of methamphetamine, a half gram of heroin, bear spray, and evidence of drug trafficking during the search of the residence.  Rogers and a 48-year-old male from Chilliwack were arrested by police during the execution of the warrant and later released from custody.

“The covert operation drew RCMP resources from across the Lower Mainland during which officers purchased over three ounces of heroin valued at approximately $11,600 from the suspect.   Police have taken another step in reducing organized crime and removing illegal drugs and weapons from our streets to ensure the safety of the residents of our community,” said Cpl. Mike Rail.

Police remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should they wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).