Police executed a search warrant at a home on Summit Drive in November 2015. Two men have now pleaded guilty to drug charges in relation to that warrant and to another one at a home on Curlew Drive. (Vikki Hopes file photo)

Guilty pleas issued in Townline Hill drug charges

Two men arrested in Abbotsford in November 2015

Two men who were among the first people to be charged in relation to the Townline Hill conflict in Abbotsford have pleaded guilty to drug offences.

Herman Sidhu, 27, has pleaded guilty to three of the 13 counts that he initially faced of trafficking in a controlled substance. His sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 8 in Chilliwack.

Bhavdeep Deol, 28, has pleaded guilty to two such charges, and his sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 15 in Chilliwack.

The pair were arrested on Nov. 26, 2015 after drug search warrants were executed at their homes on Curlew Drive and Summit Drive.

At the time, police said they had seized two pounds of MDMA (ecstasy), 26 ounces of cocaine and a small amount of heroin from the two homes.

They said the drugs had an estimated street value of $70,000.

Investigators also seized drug paraphernalia, $6,000 cash and two vehicles.

Sidhu and another man – David Elliott – were apprehended in the Highstreet shopping centre parking lot, while Deol was arrested at his home. Elliott faced one charge of drug trafficking, but that was later dropped.

Police referred to the arrests as a “major disruption” to the drug trade that fueled what was then known as the Townline Hill conflict. The conflict has grown over time, and police now refer to it as the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

The battle has resulted in numerous shootings and killings, including four this year in Abby.

 

Bhavdeep Deol was arrested outside his west Abbotsford residence in November 2015. (Kevin MacDonald file photo)

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