Crown approves charges following $400K drug bust last summer

Two members of a gang with ties to Fort St. John face a dozen drug trafficking charges following a massive drug bust last summer in the Lower Mainland.

The province’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC) announced this week that Crown prosecutors have approved charges against Leonard Alan Joseph Pelletier, 48, and Jason Francis Wallace, 26.

Pelletier faces five counts of possessing a controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking, and another count of resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

Wallace has been charged with six counts of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of tracking.

Pelletier and Wallace, both of Langley, are believed to be senior members of the 856 Gang, which the CFSEU-BC says has members reaching as far as Fort St. John and the Yukon, among other provinces.

The two men were arrested July 22, 2014, after drug investigators raided a Langley apartment and seized $400,000 worth in hard drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and Oxycontin.

Officers also seized more than $5,400 in cash, along with a 20-ton press used to press cocaine into bricks at a second apartment on July 23.

Police say the 856 Gang has been operating for nearly 10 years, and takes its name from the 856 phone prefix in the Aldergrove area. Membership stretches as far as the Lower Mainland to northern British Columbia, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alberta, and Ontario, police say.

Wallace and Pelletier will appear in Surrey Provincial Court on July 15.