$400,000 worth of drugs are off the street as the result of an investigation into gang-related activities in Langley.
In early July, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC launched an investigation into the alleged drug trafficking activities of the Langley-based “856” gang.
On July 22, investigators arrested a man outside of an apartment building in the 4600 block 236th St in Langley.
He was searched, and significant quantities of both cocaine and methamphetamine were seized.
While officers were on scene, two other men arrived in a vehicle. Both were arrested.
The next day investigators executed a search warrant on an apartment inside the building on 236th St.
Inside, officers found large quantities of drugs and drug-related items, including a 20-ton press used for re-pressing kilogram bricks of cocaine after it is “cut” with “buff” (a cutting substance).
It is believed no one lived in the apartment, but the suite was being used as a drug processing and repackaging facility.
The total drugs seized include:
• 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)
Sergeant Lindsey Houghton with CFSEU-BC says the drugs were destined for outside the Lower Mainland.
“What we found with the 856 gang, they have looked to other communities where there might be gaps in the drug market. There might be supply and demand that they think they might be able to fill,” says Houghton.
WATCH: Sergeant Lindsey Houghton talks about the bust
The three men arrested, aged 23, 25, and 47, have all been released from custody pending charges. No charges have been laid yet.
All three are from Langley.
The men are believed to be high-ranking members of the “856” gang.
The “856” gang is named for the phone prefix in the Aldergrove area.
They are know for violent acts across B.C. and beyond, says Houghton.
The group reaches out as far away as Fort St John, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Alberta and Ontario.