Individuals Connected to a Fraser Valley Crime Syndicate with ties to B.C.’s North are now being Sentenced

Sentences have now been handed down to four individuals involved in a 2014 Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) investigation into the drug trafficking activities of a Fraser Valley crime cell operating primarily out of the Upper Fraser valley and B.C.’s north. The investigation resulted in the arrests of several people and the seizure of millions of dollars worth of illegal and potentially deadly drugs.

In November of 2014, CFSEU-BC executed a search warrant on an apartment building in Chilliwack. The suite was occupied by both Mathew THIESSEN and Clayton EHELER at the time of entry. The search resulted in the seizure of eight (8) kilograms of powder cocaine and 1 kilogram of crack cocaine; along with a large cocaine press, cutting agent and packaging materials.

In February 2015, the CFSEU-BC executed search warrants on two properties in Chilliwack and arrested four males and one female. The search of two residences and three storage lockers resulted in the seizure of eight firearms, prohibited magazines, silencers, and more than $200,000 in cash. Also seized was over $2 million dollars worth of drugs, which included a large quantity of the dangerous drug Fentanyl.  See original release.

In May 2015, the CFSEU-BC North District investigators observed a meeting that occurred in an isolated area just outside of Fort St John, B.C. A subsequent search of an associated vehicle resulted in the arrests of two more men connected to this investigation, and the seizure of approximately 1.8 kg of powdered cocaine, 1.6 kg of crack cocaine, and $138,000 in cash.  See original release.

In December of 2015, Crown Counsel approved charges against three of the men originally arrested in connection to this investigation.  See original release.

On February 15, 2016, Federal Crown Counsel approved a total of 50 more criminal charges against five additional men arrested in this investigation.  See original release.

The below listed individuals have now been sentenced in relation to this investigation;

  • Clayton Archie Eheler, 9-year prison term.
  • Mathew Jordan Thiessen, 6-year prison term.
  • Kyle Harrower, 18-month prison term.
  • Andrew Vithna Va, 3-year prison term.

The CFSEU-BC will update with another media release on two more expected sentences later this week.

“This was a complex, multi-jurisdictional investigation affecting several areas throughout the province,” says, Sergeant Brenda Winpenny, the CFSEU-BC spokesperson. “Illegal drugs, more specifically Fentanyl, is an extremely dangerous drug that is proving to have widespread consequences in our province.   This investigation is a testament to the dedication and tenacity of our investigators to hold those, who deal in drugs and are involved in criminal activity, to account and brought to justice.”

CFSEU-BC worked closely with several investigative bodies and would like to thank the UFVRD RCMP, Fort St. John RCMP, Dawson Creek RCMP, Prince George RCMP, and Quesnel RCMP.

Media Spokesperson: Sergeant Brenda Winpenny

Desk: (778) 290-4677

Cell: (604) 838-6800


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