Drug raids in Kamloops included business owned by Hells Angel associate

Sunshine Gardens Superstore in Valleyview was one of three locations targeted by police this week. It is owned by Zale Coty, a close associate of Hells Angel Chad Wilson, who was gunned down in November 2018

A Kamloops gardening store owned by a close associate of a slain Hells Angels’ member was raided on Tuesday, Nov. 26, by anti-gang police as part of a drug trafficking investigation.

Kamloops RCMP and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said the searches were conducted on the Sunshine Gardens Superstore in the 1700-block of Kelly Douglas Road in Valleyview, as well as at two residences — one in the 100-block of Knollwood Drive in Valleyview and the other in the 1000-block of Kinross Place in Aberdeen.

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Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said two men — ages 50 and 24 — were arrested, but have been released while the investigation continues.

Shelkie said police seized “over $350,000 in Canadian currency, substantial amounts of illicit drugs including what is believed to be cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl and marijuana, a 40 calibre handgun with ammunition and various items relating to drug trafficking.”

Corporate records show that Sunshine Gardens Greenhouse is owned by Zale Coty, a close associate of Hells Angel Chad Wilson, who was gunned down in November 2018. The 50-year-old Coty incorporated the business in 2000 and is the sole director, according to the B.C. Corporate Registry.

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Zale Coty (right) with others in the Throttle Lockers motorcycle club. Coty’s Kamloops business was raidethis weekby police as part of a drug trafficking investigation. - Facebook

Sunshine Garden’s website boasts “over 6,000 square feet of hydroponics, nutrients and equipment to serve all of your indoor and outdoor growing needs! We’re one of the fastest growing hydroponics and gardening suppliers and you’ll find many high-performance products that you may not find anywhere else.”

Coty is also a member of the Okanagan’s Throttle Locker biker gang, which police have identified as a support club of the Hells Angels. The Throttle Lockers were created in August 2009.

Before Coty’s Facebook page was taken down on Wednesday (Nov. 27) afternoon, he regularly posted photos of himself attending events with the Hells Angels, including a pig roast at the Surrey clubhouse of Wilson’s Hardside chapter.

He also lamented the Nov. 18, 2018, murder of Wilson, whose body was found under the Golden Ears Bridge in Maple Ridge. No one has yet been charged in the slaying, which happened nine months before another Hardside Hells Angel — Suminder (Allie) Grewal — was gunned down in South Surrey this past August. Two Edmonton men have been charged in connection with Grewal’s murder.

Land title records show that Coty also owns a property at 173 Knollwood Dr. — the same block where police executed one of the warrants. He purchased the Knollwood property, currently assessed at $410,000, in March of 2017.

He also owns two other properties — one in Tappen, east of Kamloops in the Shuswap and assessed at $1.23 million, and another one on Inskip Road in Westsyde assessed at $339,000.

Cody’s only convictions in B.C. are for two instances of driving when his licence was suspended in 2007 and 2017, according to the B.C. online court database.

Kamloops Mounties did not release the name of the suspects in the drug trafficking probe.

“The next stage of the investigation will include reviewing all of the evidence seized and forwarding all investigative information to the B.C. Prosecution Service who will determine if or what charges will be forthcoming,” Shelkie said. “There will be no further updates on this file until charges are approved.”

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