Feature Story                                                           Thursday, August 24, 2017


Drug Raids Get Huge Haul

RCMP reveal what was confiscated

by Staff/Voice photos


Cpl. Mike Rail (l to r) Sgt. Darren Stevely, Plain Clothes Commander and Supt. Deanne Burleigh, Officer in Charge, UFVRD speak Wednesday about raids on Peach Road and Sapper's Way Friday.


t’s no fun being a crook, even less so for a pair of drugtrepreneurs nailed by police last Friday in raids that amounted to be some of the largest busts the city has ever seen.


On Wednesday, Chilliwack RCMP Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment (UFVD) revealed the haul.


Two residences were involved in this syndicate; one in the 5800-block of Sapper’s Way and the other in the 5400-block of Peach Road.


It was so much cash there were two counting machines. Between the two, police recovered $130,000 cash, and other big ticket items like a Porche and a Harley and took several guns off the street including; two sawed-off shotguns, a rifle and a handgun. Also seized, was a wheelbarrow full of cocaine, heroin and enough fentanyl to kill every addict in the city.


This was a big factory in a small city. Sooner or later the cops are going to hone in on the source.


Two sawed-off shotguns, a rifle and a pistol were seized.


Undercover CRU officers supported by the Chilliwack RCMP Serious Crime Unit (SCU) gathered enough evidence to arrest Lucas Benjamin Thiessen, 23, and Antonio Dillan Nolasco-Padia, 21, on multiple charges under the Chilliwack Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA).


Thiessen remains in custody and faces one charge of trafficking in a controlled substance, two charges of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, and two charges of a possessing a prohibited firearm without a licence.


Nolasco-Padia faces a charge of unlawfully possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking was released but is now being sought by police who issued a BC-wide warrant for him.


Sgt. Darren Stevely holds a photo of Antonio Dillan Nolasco-Padia wated by police.

He is described as:

• Hispanic

• Height: 170 cm (5’7”)

• Weight 95 kg (209 lbs)

• Blue eyes

• Black hair

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, announced Wednesday the government would be committing half a million dollars from civil forfeiture grants to weed out gangs and crime in Surrey under the National Crime Prevention Strategy.


Part of the seizure were these two bags holding $130,00 CAD.


“As part of our commitment to tackle gangs and gun violence and create safer communities for people, we are delivering on our promise to increase support for Surrey Wrap by $500,000,” Farnworth said. “Wrap is a successful program that identifies at-risk youth to help keep them out of gangs in the first place. It should have stable and secure funding, not waitlists.”


Farnworth went on to say that “People want to feel safe where they live and know their child won’t be lost to the dead-end path of gang life,” Farnworth said. “It’s time to target gang violence in our neighbourhoods head-on. Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction.”

An expensive Porche was confiscated.


Superintendent Deanne Burleigh, Officer in Charge of the UFVRD, assured local residents that their safety wasn't compromised as a result of the bust.


“Our priority is always the safety of the community which we attain when we reduce a significant drug trafficking network by removing illegal drugs and weapons from our streets,” says Superintendent Deanne Burleigh.


Bricks of cocaine, a bag of fentanyl and crack "rock" cocaine were some of the items seized.. 


As with Surrey, Corporal Mike Rail told The Voice that the UFVRD will be making an application for the forfeiture of this particular crime.


The RCMP caution the public not to apprehend Nolasco-Padia if he’s and to call Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).


A Harley Davidson was seized.


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