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Two alleged B.C. drug traffickers may plead guilty

The offences are alleged to have taken place in Vancouver, Richmond, Maple Ridge and Vernon.
A Hells Angel vest was seized by police as they executed search warrants.

Two of eight B.C. men charged with multiple drug charges may plead guilty, Vancouver provincial court documents indicate.

Allan Beatima Arcangel and Matthew Shaw were on the court’s docket for May 31 with impending guilty plea notations. The notations were listed next to charges each of commission of an offence for criminal organization, conspiracy to commit indictable offence and trafficking in a controlled substance.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in Vancouver, Maple Ridge and Vernon.

Shaw is also facing another charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The charges came in December after the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. executed 12 search warrants at locations throughout Metro Vancouver and the Okanagan.

Police seized about $650,000 in Canadian currency and about two kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of MDMA, one kilogram of fentanyl, 200 grams of ketamine, 10 kilograms marijuana and 16 kilograms of drug-cutting agent.

Also seized were three rifles, a shotgun, three prohibited magazines, ammunition, body armour, two vehicles and a cocaine press. Inside one residence, police seized a Hells Angels Motorcycle Club vest and various items of Hells Angels support clothing.

In addition to the counts faced by Arcangel and Shaw, Jonathan Louis Lutar is charged with being part of a criminal organization that is alleged to have included  Arcangel, Shaw, David Oppenheim and others.

Lutar, Courtenay James Lafreneiere, Arcangel, Shaw, Oppenheim and others were also initially charged with trafficking at the direction or for the benefit of the organization made up of any three of Lutar, Arcangel, Shaw, Oppenheim and others.

Lutar, Lafreniere, Arcangel, Shaw and Oakley Lain Charest were also initially charged with conspiring together to traffic in controlled drugs.

Lutar, Lafreniere, Arcangel, Shaw and Charest were charged with trafficking in fentanyl, carfentanil and cocaine. Court documents show Lutar and Shaw are charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Charest was charged with having a Ruger 45 calibre P90 gun with readily accessible ammunition. In connection to a July 5 incident in Vernon, he also allegedly possessed a Walther P38 handgun and five firearms magazines without a licence. He was charged with allegedly possessing the guns while prohibited from doing so.

Two other men alleged to be connected and facing narcotics trafficking-related charges have been moving toward trial.

Lukas Sam Fox Tassone is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking while Roman Gabriel Fox Tassone faces two counts of the same charge. All three offences are alleged to have occurred in Richmond.