Police say that as a result of a 2015 Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia investigation into the alleged drug trafficking activities of a crime cell operating primarily out of BC’s north that 36 accused persons had criminal charges against them approved, 21 have pleaded or been found guilty, and approximately 4,300 days of jail time has been handed out to the 15 accused that have been sentenced.
Arrest warrants remain outstanding for four of the accused — Alena Wallace, 28, Paul Del Grosso, 39, Danick Leger, 23, and Jamie Cormier, 27. Police say it's currently unknown where these individuals are and ask that anyone with information contacts your local police or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
“In July 2015, investigators with the CFSEU-BC’s North District Office began an investigation into street and mid-level drug traffickers operating in BC’s Peace Region,” reads a release by the CFSEU-BC.
“The CFSEU BC North District investigators conducted a total of 5 search warrants during this lengthy investigation, seizing over $57,000 in cash and a quantity of illegal drugs. These drugs included, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, Percocet, GHB, and the deadly drug fentanyl. A number of firearms were also seized including a .22 caliber rifle, a loaded 12 gauge shotgun and an AR15 assault-style rifle.”
Of note, on December 5th, 2015, investigators arrested Jamie Christopher St. Denis and Christina Marie Mackay in Dawson Creek for attempting to sell 24 ounces of cocaine for $39,000.
St. Denis, of Dawson Creek, pled guilty to charges of trafficking cocaine, trafficking a firearm, and possession of an illegal firearm. He received 7.5 years in jail and is currently serving time for these offences.
MacKay, of Bay Tree, Alberta has been convicted of one count of trafficking cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, and is currently awaiting sentencing.
Ryan Holden of Dawson Creek pleaded guilty to unauthorized possession of restricted firearm, and received a two year jail sentence, three year probation order and lifetime firearm prohibition.
A total of 120 criminal charges were approved, six Accused are still to be sentenced, five Accused were either found not guilty or a stay of proceedings was entered on their charges by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, and six accused are awaiting trial or waiting for trial continuation.
“This investigation and the subsequent seizures has, and will likely continue to have, a significant disruptive effect on this group’s ability to conduct crime in B.C. and put people at risk,” says Chief Superintendent Trent Rolfe, Chief Officer of the CFSEU-BC.
“Regardless of where groups connected to gang and organized crime activity are located throughout British Columbia, the CFSEU-BC will continue to target them to suppress, disrupt, and dismantle their abilities to prey on the most vulnerable and cause violence.”
The CFSEU-BC say they thank Dawson Creek RCMP and Fort St. John RCMP for their assistance throughout the investigation.
A full list of those accused, subsequent charges, and sentences can be found here: https://www.cfseu.bc.ca/additional-charges-approved-against-thirty-six-individuals-connected-to-an-organized-crime-group-operating-in-b-c-s-north/.