(This story originally appeared in the Feb. 25, 2016 Chilliwack Times.)
A B.C. gang task force investigation has led to dozens of charges filed against eight Chilliwack men in connection with an alleged drug trafficking syndicate operating in B.C.’s north.
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC) investigation resulted in the arrests of several men dating back to December, as well as the seizure of cash, weapons, and over $5 million worth of cocaine, crack cocaine, fentanyl and other dangerous drugs.
The investigation goes back to 2014, but it was Feb. 15 that Federal Crown counsel approved 50 charges against Jordan Anthony Ramos, aged 29; Dana Mikael Hendrick Schaper-Kotter, 25; Darcy Horvath, 23; Lucas Benajmin Thiessen, 22; and Kyle Harrower, 25.
All are from Chilliwack. Ramos is in custody in Grande Prairie, Alta., on unrelated charges. Harrower and Horvath were arrested on Feb. 15, and arrest warrants were issued for Thiessen and Schaper-Kotter, the latter of whom turned himself in soon after.
Both Horvath and Schaper-Kotter had video court appearances in Chilliwack Provincial Court this week.
Horvath is next due in court March 3, Schaper-Kotter was due in court Feb. 24 afer the Times went to press.
Harrower is currently out on bail.
The charges filed Feb. 15 were the latest in this complicated and ongoing investigation by the CFSEU-BC. Charged in December 2015 in connection with the same investigation was Clayton Archie Eheler, 33; Raymond Morrissey, 59; and Mathew Jordan Thiessen, 29.
At that time, arrest warrants were issued for Morrissey and Thiessen, but both were subsequently found and released on bail.
Eheler, Morrissey and Mathew Thiessen are due in court March 15.