Charges Now Laid Against Two Southern Vancouver Island Men Arrested In June 2013 Drug Bust

Criminal charges have now been laid against two alleged high-level Vancouver Island drug traffickers following their arrest last June in an investigation led by the Vancouver Island team of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia.

The pair were originally arrested following a search at an apartment in the 2700-block of Peatt Road, Langford on June 6, 2013. Two more search warrants were executed on the same day in the 500-block of Heatherdale Road, Saanich and in the 2700-block of Claude Road, Langford on Vancouver Island. Significant quantities of various drugs were seized during the searches along with other items.

Ali Arash Ziaee, a 26-year-old Saanich man, has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and four counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Zachary Scott Matheson, a 36-year-old Langford man, is charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Matheson has a lengthy criminal record for property, drug, and violence-related offences and is well-known to police for his criminal associations on Vancouver Island.

The first court appearance for both men is scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 13th, 2014 at the Western Communities Provincial Court.

CFSEU-BC Media Spokesperson: Sgt. Lindsey Houghton
Desk: (778) 290-3099
Cell: (604) 764-9085

CFSEU-BC Communications Strategist: Geeta Reddy
Desk: (778) 290-2873
Cell: (604) 499-4199

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