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Alleged former Duhre Group members plead guilty to drug charges

Two men who police have said were part of a gang that had broken away from the Duhre Group pleaded guilty this week to drug charges.

Aaron Somerville, 25, and his brother, Matthew, 26, were each charged with several drug possession and trafficking offences in October, November and December 2010.

Most of those charges were stayed in Abbotsford provincial court on Tuesday, when Aaron pleaded guilty to one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking from Nov. 11, 2010, and Matthew pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in cocaine from Oct. 29, 2010.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 19.

The pair were arrested last December following a police investigation into the activities of a group alleged to have broken away from the Duhres. Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich said last year that the Duhre Group is the prominent gang currently operating in the city.

The new group had been operating for about eight weeks at the time of the Somervilles’ arrests, according to police.

Two other alleged members of the splinter group were arrested and charged around the same time, and are still before the courts in relation to a violent home invasion in Abbotsford on Nov. 5, 2010.

Michael Lopeke, 23, and Jared Klade, 24, were each charged with two counts of robbery with a firearm, break and enter, unlawful confinement, assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.

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