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UPDATE: Well-known Chilliwack gangster busted in Richmond

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Clayton Eheler.
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A Chilliwack gangster with a long criminal history faces serious charges in connection with a drug trafficking syndicate working in B.C.’s north.

Clayton Archie Eheler was arrested in Richmond two weeks ago by B.C.’s anti-gang agency, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC), after a long investigation into a Fraser Valley crime cell dealing drugs in Fort St. John.

Also charged is 59-year-old Raymond Morrissey of Chilliwack and 29-year-old Mathew Thiessen of Chilliwack. As of Wednesday, both men were at large and wanted by police.

The investigation that led to the December arrest began in August 2014 when the CFSEU-BC began investigating a drug distribution network out of Chilliwack.

In March of this year, the unit announced the seizure of cash, weapons and more than $5 million worth of illegal drugs, including fentanyl. Then on May 8, CFSEU-BC’s North District investigators intercepted Morrissey, an alleged drug runner, as he drove into Fort St. John.

After observing him meet up with two other people in an isolated area just outside town, the CFSEU investigators, with the help of the Fort St. John RCMP, took the three into custody.

A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately 1.8 kilograms of powdered cocaine, 1.6 kilograms of crack cocaine, and just under $138,000 in cash.

The recent arrest of Eheler in Richmond and these new charges against the three men were part of a complex, multi-jurisdictional investigation, according to CFSEU-BC spokesperson Const. Jordan McLellan.

“The removal of potentially deadly street drugs like fentanyl makes our communities safer,” McLellan said in a press release. “Our investigations span the province and the arrests and seizures we have had in Northern B.C. are further examples that the CFSEU-BC will turn its attention anywhere criminal activity is taking place.”

Eheler is charged with one count of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He was released from custody on conditions and is due in court in Chilliwack on Jan. 5.

Eheler is well-known to the criminal justice system in Chilliwack and is a former associate of the Bacon brothers with connections to the Independent Soldiers gang. He has, however, tried his hand at a number of presumably legitimate businesses as well. He was involved with a Chilliwack used car dealership, a promotional ad for which features Eheler and his partner posing as if in jail with the tagline: “Prices so low, we should be Behind Bars!”

And earlier this month he was listed as general manager of a business in Abbotsford called “yup, it’s free!” that was promoted on Facebook. “Whole new concept that’s never been done before,” said the invite to the Dec. 12 grand opening, which was later cancelled after his arrest. “You buy a membership with a monthly fee. Then come once a week and get a load of free stuff that u want.”

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