Drugs seized by Mounties made a difference

Chilliwack, BC – A question ‘would this seizure make a difference?’ asked during a RCMP press conference was answered in Provincial Court.

Shortly after noon on August 18, 2017, during an investigation into a drug trafficking operation, Chilliwack Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) officers witnessed an exchange of illegal drugs between two men.

The ensuing police investigation led to the execution of Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) search warrants and the two men charged under the CDSA.

The RCMP seized 3.60 kilograms of cocaine, 228.35 grams of heroin / fentanyl, 3.6 kilograms of marihuana, drug trafficking paraphernalia including a cocaine press, two sawed-off shotguns, a revolver, rifle, cash, and two vehicles during the investigation.

On September 18, 2018 in Provincial Court Antonio Dillan Nolasco-Padia, 21, of Chilliwack was sentenced to time served after he entered a guilty plea to a charge of unlawfully possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Lucas Benjamin Thiessen, 23, of Chilliwack was sentenced to 8.75 years of incarceration after entering a guilty plea to charges for 3 counts of unlawfully possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking in a controlled substance and 2 counts of possessing a prohibited firearm on October 25, 2018 in Provincial Court.

“This case is a testament to the quality of investigation that was put forth from UFVRD CRU investigators,” says Superintendent Bryon Massie Officer in Charge of the UFVRD. “The efforts and diligence of our investigators made a difference with a direct impact to this criminal enterprise and the local drug trade.”

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

File # 2017-20228

Chilliwack RCMP

BACKGROUND

2017-08-25 10:53 PDT

File # 2017-20228

Two men face charges following the execution of Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) warrants by RCMP on Friday.

The raids stemmed from a police investigation of drug trafficking in the community. Evidence gathered by plain cloths officers of the Chilliwack Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) during their investigation of the reports led to the arrest of the two men from Chilliwack.

On August 18, 2017 CRU officers supported by the Chilliwack RCMP Serious Crime Unit (SCU) executed search warrants in the 5400-block 0f Peach Road and the 5800-block of Sappers Way.

The police seized vehicles, and what investigators believe to be approximately 4 kilograms of cocaine, 2 sawed off shotguns, a rifle, a handgun, cash and drug paraphernalia during the searches.

Lucas Benjamin Thiessen, 23, faces one charge of trafficking in a controlled substance, two charges of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, and two charges of a possessing a prohibited firearm without a licence.

Thiessen remains in custody.

A British Columbia wide warrant has been issued for Antonio Dillan Nolasco-Padia, 21, who was released from custody, and now faces a charge of unlawfully possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Our priority is always the safety of the community which we attain when we reduce a significant drug trafficking network by removing illegal drugs and weapons from our streets, says Superintendent Deanne Burleigh Officer in Charge of the UFVRD.

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



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