Mounties in the Fraser Valley say they have dismantled a major drug operation after a seven-month investigation.
Officers found suspected cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin, loaded handguns and blasting caps after executing search warrants in both Chilliwack and Abbotsford.
Upper Fraser Valley RCMP Cpl. Mike Rail said six people have been arrested as part of the investigation, which began last November when police in Chilliwack targeted a person suspected of supplying product to local traffickers.
All six have been released as investigators prepare their report to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, which decides on charges.
Mounties in the Fraser Valley released photographs showing firearms, drugs and two three-piece motorcycle gang patches — one for the Lost Soulz and the other for the Kings of Destruction. handout
Photo of drugs, paraphernalia and cards seized by Mounties during the execution of search warrants in Chilliwack and Abbotsford.
Someone wearing the Lost Soulz patch in 2017. Special to Postmedia
“This complex investigation has led to the seizure of a very substantial quantity of illegal drugs and firearms which were destined for the streets of our community,” Rail said. “Criminals do not work within jurisdictional boundaries and neither do police, we are dedicated to the safety of our community no matter the jurisdiction.”
He said the first search warrant was executed on Feb. 28 at a residence in the 46000-block of Princess Avenue in Chilliwack, followed by a March 31 search at a second location in the 10000-block of Ponderay Street.
Investigators learned of a locker tied to the case where “police later seized a cache of rifles, ammunition, and handgun magazines,” Rail said.
On May 7, Chilliwack Mounties, aided by Abbotsford Police Emergency Response Team and front-line officers, executed another warrant at a residence in the 4600-block of Dixon Road, Abbotsford.
“Drugs believed to be cocaine and methamphetamine, cutting agents, paraphernalia associated to drug trafficking, and cash were seized by police,” Rail said.
Police released photographs showing firearms, drugs and two three-piece motorcycle gang patches — one for the Lost Soulz and the other for the Kings of Destruction.
The “patches” were found at the Ponderay Street house, Rail confirmed.
Postmedia first obtained photos of someone wearing the Lost Soulz patch more than three years ago. Sources said Monday that the group was created by Clayton Eheler, who is now serving a nine-year sentence for trafficking.
While Eheler has Hells Angels connections, the HA never sanctioned the Lost Soulz as a support club, the sources said. Eheler and his associates attended the December 2018 funeral of murdered Hells Angel Chad Wilson, but they did not wear patches.
Sources say that no one has worn either the Lost Soulz or the Kings of Destruction patches at any event with the Hells Angels in B.C. to date. Usually, new support clubs first surface during the spring and summer when the HA hosts a number of commemorative rides to mark anniversaries of various chapters, as well as the slayings of club members.
Sgt. Brenda Winpenny of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said Monday that the sanctioned support clubs are important to the Hells Angels because they are used to “infiltrate non-criminal segments of society” to legitimize the HA “or further their criminal enterprises.”
Anyone who wears a three-piece patch publicly in B.C. “must seek and receive permission from the Hells Angels,” she said.