SURREY, B.C. — More than 50 charges have been laid in what RCMP in Surrey, B.C., say is the successful conclusion of a drug investigation linked to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.
Between April and August of last year, Mounties say their officers worked with the Vancouver Police Department looking into a drug trafficking network in Surrey and Langley.
Police say they worked with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and that resulted in 51 charges against eight people.
The charges include trafficking in fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine.
Two of those charged were youth at the time of the alleged offences, while the six others are adults ranging in age from 27 to 53.
Surrey RCMP Insp. Mike Hall says drug trafficking is a significant factor in gang-related violence and police are working to target those networks connected to the illicit drug trade.
Those charged are:
– Jeffrey Donald Lessard, 31, of Coquitlam
– Janet Lynn Horvath, 53, of Langley
– Jonathon Joseph Thomas, 37, of Langley
– Garrnett Thadeous Flannigan, 35, of Langley
– Joshua James Pellerin, 33, of no fixed address
– David John Hudon, 27, of Surrey
– 18-year-old female from Delta (who was a youth at the time of the alleged offence)
– 17-year-old male youth from Surrey
Lessard is also facing eight additional charges for trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl and cocaine from an unrelated investigation.
“Drug trafficking remains a significant contributing factor in gang related violence across the Lower Mainland,” said Surrey RCMP Pro-active Enforcement Officer Inspector Mike Hall. “Together with our partners, we will continue to strategically target individuals and networks connected to the illicit drug trade.”
Anyone with information which may assist with this investigation is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.