Three men have been arrested and nearly $400,000 worth of drugs seized following an investigation into the Langley-based “856” gang.
Members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (CFSEU-BC) began their investigation into the gang’s alleged drug trafficking earlier this month and arrested the men last week.
One suspect was arrested outside an apartment building on July 22, in the 4600 block of 236th Street in Langley. He was found with “significant quantities of both cocaine and methamphetamine,” according to a media release from the CFSEU-BC.
While officers were still on scene, two more suspects in the investigation arrived. One man was arrested, but the other fled on foot and was caught several hours later.
The following day detectives executed a search warrant at the building where the arrests were made and found large quantities of drugs and drug-related items, including a 20-ton press used for re-pressing kilogram bricks of cocaine after it has been diluted (buffed) with other substances. Officers believe the suite was being used as a drug processing and repackaging facility.
“This seizure represents a significant quantity of drugs that will now not make it onto the streets and into the hands of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities,” says CFSEU-BC spokesperson Sergeant Lindsey Houghton.
“By taking quick enforcement action against a group known for their violence across British Columbia and beyond, we have made a serious impact on their ability to further victimize people and make our communities safer.”
In addition to $5,464 cash and the 20-ton press, the total amount of drugs seized and their estimated wholesale price (according to CFSEU-BC) is listed below:
- Cocaine: 2.514 kg ($150,000)
- Methamphetamine: 3.846 kg ($100,000)
- Heroin: 522 g ($55,000)
- Oxycontin: 123 tablets/pills ($3,700)
- Cocaine cutting agent/buff: 44.062 kg ($80,000)
All three men arrested, aged 23, 25, and 47, were interviewed by police and released from custody pending charges. They are all believed to be high-ranking members of the 856 gang.
The CFSEU says the 856 gang originated in the Aldergrove area – hence the telephone prefix – and is made up of members and associates living and operating in the Lower Mainland and as far away as Fort St John, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Alberta, and even Ontario. They have been in existence for close to a decade and have been featured in local and other media for their involvement in assaults, drugs, weapon-related, property-related, and other types of crimes.