One of the Fraser Valley’s highest level drug dealers faces as many as 14 years in jail.
Clayton Archie Eheler is currently in custody convicted of cocaine trafficking one year ago.
He was out on bail until July when that bail was revoked after he applied for a passport in his cousin’s name.
Eheler and co-accused Mathew Jordan Thieessen were caught processing nine kilograms of cocaine in a Brett Avenue apartment in 2014. After a long-drawn out trial they were found guilty of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Eheler, a former Bacon brothers associate, was out on bail under strict court-ordered conditions when he tried to get the fraudulent passport in March of this year. The passport was issued to him on April 9, but facial recognition software used by Global Affairs Canada led to the identification of Eheler as the individual applying for the passport in someone else’s name.
On June 20, CFSEU-BC was notified of the fake passport picked up by Eheler and six days later a search warrant was issued for his Chilliwack Mountain residence. During the raid Eheler was caught leaving the house with a large amount of cash, a valid passport in his own name. Inside the house members of the anti-gang unit, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC), found ammunition, firearms, fake birth certificate, and a press used for cocaine processing. All of which amounted to violations of his bail conditions.
He was brought into custody after the application to revoke his bail in July.
In September in provincial court in Surrey, Crown counsel Joshua Cramer began the sentencing hearing at which time he asked the court to jail Eheler for 14 years, and impose a lifetime weapons prohibition.
That hearing is not over and is scheduled Oct. 23 in Surrey for continuation of sentencing submissions.