Abbotsford Police were involved in the arrest of a full-patch member of the Hells Angels on Wednesday morning in Aldergrove.
Const. Ian MacDonald said the department’s drug enforcement unit executed a search warrant at about 7 a.m. at a home in the 27000 block of 28 A Avenue. The residence is adjacent to a daycare.
Police seized almost one kilogram of cocaine and $26,000 cash that were stashed in dresser drawers.
MacDonald said the street value of the drugs is estimated at $45,000.
A 50-year-old man was arrested and faces charges of possession for the purposes of trafficking. He cannot be named until charges are laid.
Assisting in the search were members of the Abbotsford Police’s gang suppression unit, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s outlaw motorcycle gang unit, and the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team.
MacDonald said the man is a member of the White Rock chapter of the Hells Angels, and Abbotsford Police began investigating him due to his activities in the community, although he resides in Aldergrove.
“The mandate of our gang suppression unit and drug unit are to deal with people who live in Abbotsford and deal in gangs and drugs, or who ply their trade in Abbotsford,” he said.
MacDonald said although the man has had “negative police interaction” in the past, he was not known for any other recent criminal activity.
The White Rock chapter of the Hells Angels has links to the fatal shooting of Jonathan Bacon of Abbotsford last summer in Kelowna.
Member Larry Amero was with Bacon at the time and was seriously injured in the incident, according to media reports.