Northern B.C. drug runners sentenced

Four men involved in a Fraser Valley crime syndicate with ties to northern B.C. have been sentenced, B.C.'s gang task force says.

Clayton Archie Eheler, Mathew Jordan Thiessen, Kyle Harrower, and Andrew Vithna Va were all recently sentenced for drug trafficking, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia said Wednesday.

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The agency began its investigation in Chilliwack in 2014, and which ran for more than a year with the help of RCMP in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Prince George, and Quesnel.

The investigation led to the arrests of several people and the seizure of millions of dollars worth of illegal and deadly drugs, the CFSEU said.

The investigation came to Fort St. John in May 2015, when investigators intercepted a drug deal just outside the city and seized 1.8 kilograms of powdered cocaine, 1.6 kilograms of crack cocaine, and $138,000 in cash. Two men were arrested.

Investigators also seized in more than $200,000 in cash and more $2 million worth of drugs, including fentanyl, during a bust at two properties in Chilliwack in February 2015. Eight guns, prohibited magazines, and silencers were also seized. Four men and a woman were arrested.

In November 2014, investigators seized eight kilograms of powder cocaine and one kilogram of crack cocaine, along with a cocaine press, cutting agent, and packaging materials from an apartment in Chilliwack. Both Thiessen and Eheler were in the apartment at the time.

The CFSEU said the following sentences have been issued:

- 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.

Two more sentences are expected this week.

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