B.C. Hells Angels linked to cocaine bust 0
Two men, including one Hells Angel, are charged with cocaine trafficking Monday after police seized a kilo of cocaine from the pair in March 2011. (24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
Just days after Mounties publicly vowed to keep the Hells Angels out of Surrey, an organized crime police unit announced that two men - including a Hells Angels associate - were charged with cocaine trafficking at the conclusion of a 17-month long case.
Thirty-one-year-old Maple Ridge resident Kristopher Pfeifer - who police believe is linked to the long-established Hells Angels' Haney Chapter in Pitt Meadows - was charged with trafficking in cocaine. Chilliwack's Constantinous Anthony, 41, was charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
"Biker gangs are no different from other organized crime groups that often distance themselves from direct criminal activity by using associates to facilitate their crimes," Sgt. Bill Whalen said.
"I wish I could say it's a big hit (but) I don't think it's a significant hit for the Haney Chapter at one kilo. I would think they deal in significantly more than that but I think anytime you take away something that you could probably sell for between $35,000 and $40,000, it's is a big enough hit," he added.
Police busted the pair and seized a kilogram of cocaine in March 2011 when one of the accused was seen exchanging a package with another man.
The two appeared in court Friday and were released on conditions.
The case was part of an ongoing B.C. Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) file targeting drug brokers and traffickers with links to the Haney Chapter - established in 1987 and one of the oldest chapters in B.C.
"The objective was to disable drug-based trafficking activity in the Lower Mainland and in particular in the Maple Ridge area," Whalen said.
Hoping to prevent the Hells Angels from getting a foothold in his territory, Surrey RCMP's top cop Supt. Bill Fordy declared Friday he'd use "every lawful means" at his disposal to keep the gang out. He announced Mounties had put more resources in place and were working with partner agencies.
In May, police seized almost a kilogram of cocaine and $26,000 cash at a Abbotsford, B.C. residence, and recommended charges against a "full-patch" 50-year-old Hells Angels member.
"It's somewhat coincidental but CFSEU has a fairly large outlaw motorcycle gang team and they're quite active and they do quite a bit of work on outlaw motorcycle gang groups," Whalen said.