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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Abbotsford man arrested in synthetic drug ring bust

    An Abbotsford man is arrested following an extensive investigation by the RCMP’s Federal Greater Vancouver Drug Section involving Asian organized crime and synthetic drug production.

    The 32-year-old suspect was one of nine arrested in connection to the large scale importation of chemical precursors used in producing drugs such as crystal meth and ecstacy.

    The other suspects, six men and two women, hailed either from Richmond or Vancouver.

    Officers seized three kilograms of MDMA powder (ecstacy), 14,000 ecstasy pills, six kilograms of ketamine and chemical precursors as methylamine hydrochloride, iodine and red phosphorus.

    Investigators also found $250,000 cash, pill presses, and seven guns: one .22 calibre weapon, two shotguns and four rifles.

    Police are recommending Crown approve the charges of conspiracy to produce a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance , and trafficking a controlled substance.

    December 22, 2009 3:00 PM


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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    VANCOUVER — RCMP drug cops have made a dent in B.C.’s synthetic-drugs trade.

    At Vancouver’s E-Division Tuesday morning, police displayed 14,000 ecstasy pills, $250,000 in cash and seven guns, after busting a drug operation in Richmond following an 18-month investigation.

    Nine people from Richmond, Vancouver and Abbotsford, including two women, face numerous drug charges, and are linked to Asian organized crime.

    Mounties said the investigation has links to the seizure of 19 kilograms of ketamine in Edmonton, which led to trafficking charges being laid early this month against Tu Thanh Nguyen and Viet Quoc Chung, both 27, in Edmonton.

    “This is a bust that is very significant,” said Supt. Brian Cantera, who heads the RCMP’s drug enforcement branch.

    B.C. Solicitor-General Kash Heed said he’s asked the federal government to restrict the availability of so-called ‘precursor chemicals,’ such as pseudoephedrine.

    "It’s not a crime to possess it, even though it’s a key ingredient in ecstasy production. And that’s a key reason why B.C. leads the country in this illicit trade.

    “These illegal drug networks threaten the security of our communities and must be absolutely destroyed,” said Heed, a former top drug cop at Vancouver Police Department.

    Heed has also asked for background checks on all those who come into possession of the chemicals, along with more inspections.

    In a recent United Nations report, B.C. was singled out as a hub for the global trade in synthetic drugs such as ecstasy, MDMA and crystal meth. Gangs import the chemicals from India and China, make the pills here, and then ship them back to Asia and to the U.S.

    “Canada is an export country,” said Chief Supt. Bob Harriman, who promised more busts ahead, as RCMP try to intercept the production before the pills are manufactured.


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