BRITISH COLUMBIA
07/30/2014 03:59 EDT | Updated 09/29/2014 05:59 EDT

Alleged high-ranking members of 856 Gang in B.C. face drug trafficking charges

LANGLEY, B.C. - Three alleged high-ranking members of the 856 Gang based in Langley, B.C., are facing charges in connection with a drug trafficking investigation.

Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. says one man was taken into custody outside an apartment building on July 22 and two other men arrived in a vehicle while officers were still on the scene.

He says one of them was arrested and the other fled on foot but was caught several hours later with the help of a police dog unit and a helicopter.

On the following day, Houghton says officers executed a search warrant an apartment that was being used as a drug processing and repackaging facility.

He says that in addition to more than $5,000 in cash, police seized $400,000 worth of drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, oxycontin and a press used to form bricks of cocaine after it is cut with a substance dubbed buff.

Houghton says the men aged 23, 25 and 47 belong to the violent 856 Gang, which is named for the phone prefix in the Aldergrove area but involves associates in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alberta and Ontario.