Meantime.....at the other border a major sting involving exchanging Mexican drugs for Canadian ecstasy

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canadiana
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B.C. men among 13 charged in massive cross-border drug ring

Kim Bolan
 
1 day ago
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Canadian cash seized during the cross-border investigation.© U.S. Department of Justice Canadian cash seized during the cross-border investigation.

  Several Metro Vancouver men are among the 13 arrested in Canada and the United States for their alleged role in an international drug smuggling operation that moved ecstasy into the U.S. in exchange for cocaine and methamphetamine.

  And three of the B.C. accused — Dario Antonio Baruca, Tenny Guon Lim and Vincent Yen Tek Chiu — have also been the subject of drug trafficking investigations on this side of the border.

  Baruca was targeted in a 2017 Vancouver Police investigation into heroin and fentanyl trafficking. Charges were recommended but not approved.

  Earlier this year, Lim was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking. He had been nabbed in 2014 with 35 kilograms of heroin smuggled through Vancouver International Airport with the aid of a corrupt Air Canada employee.

  And Chiu was one of the subjects of the VPD’s Project Tar probing drug traffickers that allegedly laundered cash through Silver International — the illegal Richmond bank that was the subject of the RCMP’s ill-fated E-Pirate investigation.

  Neither Chiu nor his brother Richard were charged in the VPD case. Richard Chiu was found murdered and burned in Colombia in June — a day after he arrived in the South American country for meetings.

  Lim was arrested in prison on the new U.S. indictment and appeared in a Vancouver courtroom Friday, his lawyer Chris Johnson confirmed Saturday.

  Johnson, who also represents Chiu, confirmed he is already in custody in California after being arrested while vacationing in Mexico.
 Drugs and cash seized during cross-border smuggling investigation© U.S. Department of Justice Drugs and cash seized during cross-border smuggling investigation
  U.S. authorities said in a Thursday news release that the alleged drug conspiracy involved hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, smuggled from Mexico through Southern California and into Canada.

  Those charged were arrested in Los Angeles, Seattle and Vancouver. The RCMP and other Canadian police services assisted the FBI and other American law enforcement agencies in the investigation.

  Two indictments unsealed Thursday allege those charged were members of related international drug trafficking organizations that worked together to traffic bulk quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico to Canada through Southern California in exchange for cash or Canadian ecstasy.

  “The drug trafficking organizations included members of Canadian, Mexican, Serbian, Chinese and Sudanese organized crime groups,” court documents say.

  “The defendants allegedly used modified cellular devices with military-grade end-to-end encryption to communicate with each other regarding their drug trafficking business, including the transportation of narcotics between the United States and Canada.”

  The devices were “manufactured primarily by Canadian companies that remove most functionality from the phones, leaving only an encrypted email system,” court papers state.

  Police seized about 428 kilograms of cocaine, nine kilograms of heroin, 47 kilograms of methamphetamine and 46 kilograms ecstasy — as well as $811,000 in Canadian cash during the investigation.

  The U.S. indictment suggests Lim was one of the Canadian leaders of the drug ring, working with an unknown accused nicknamed Orange Tang and a third man dubbed LB to “arrange the purchase bulk quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine from the U.S. for importation into Canada and other locations for resale in exchange for bulk quantities of MDMA or for currency.”

  Lim was allegedly involved in the conspiracy throughout 2017 and 2018 when he was on bail on the Canadian heroin trafficking charge.

  The indictment says Baruca was “Orange Tang’s” partner in the operation.

a man smiling for the camera: Accused drug trafficker Dario Baruca in undated Facebook photoAccused drug trafficker Dario Baruca in undated Facebook photo   “On or about April 12, 2019, in a recorded phone call defendant Baruca told UC2 that defendant Orange Tang had instructed defendant Baruca to find out from UC2 how much cocaine he could provide to Orange Tang’s organization,” the court documents say.

  “Orange Tang assured UC2 that defendant Baruca was his partner who operates the organizations drug trafficking business in Vancouver.”

  In early 2018, Chiu was also meeting unwittingly with undercover police and others who were co-operating with U.S. law enforcement “to coordinate the exchange of cash and cocaine.”

  On Jan. 21, he asked for 150 kilos and offered a $100,000 down payment two days later. The cash was handed over by a Chiu associate in Burnaby on Feb. 1, 2018, the indictment says.

  There were other meetings throughout the spring and summer of 2018 and concerns expressed when some of the drugs were intercepted by police.

  At one point, Chiu demanded that his money be returned after police had seized a load.

Also watch: 3 people arrested in breakup of major drug smuggling ring in Ontario (Provided by Global News)

  Chiu was intercepted telling someone that one of the people he had been negotiating with might be working for Drug Enforcement Administration.

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El Guero
150 kilos for a $100,000 down payment.  Those terms are so good that a case could almost be made for entrapment.  Lol
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J
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Probably clients of Vincent Ramos aka Business, who pleaded guilty in 2018, and was sentenced to 9 years earlier in 2019.
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canadiana
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Awesome J!So this is an older case then?I don't recall this case on here or elsewhere. Is it just now a press release and if so why so long?I was thinking as I 1st read the article about those encrypted Blackberry phones.This was that Ramos case that guy from Vancouver who had sold all of Sinaloa Cartel these phones?Also they were already monitoring other drug traffickers like these guys.(kind of like killing a lot of birds with 1 stone)
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J
I think the case probably arose from the investigation into Ramos, since the times match, but it could be a number of things.  Even without Ramos, they seemed to have Confidential Human Sources and informants in the network since at least 2017.  
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texastee
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Vancouver Old head.here.

This case is laughable and these guys are total idiots/clowns. THEY. TALKED to eachother via jail video and telephone calls and even visited eachother in jail? If you read half way thru paperwork in the indictment...j posted.


Also why trust a undercoved agent and have the boss deal with him directly? Why didnt LB the boss.. Get a lower level guy do meet and do negotiations threw him?

No need for the boss to talk to the agent on california side. Leads me to believe these guys are nomads or lone wolf type traffikers. Most traffikers in vancouver are chinese triad and hells angels. They never use phones and only deal with people within the family /organization. Indo canadians are involved as well but to a lesser extent.


They call it the "circle of trust". It takes decades to get in. Everyone i know involved with organized crime  has done large prison sentances and where cellys /bunk  with hells angels . they are brothers and well trusted. They dont do biz with outsiders and only deal in heroin.

I remeber one friend of mine had a bunk/cell mate that was a hells angel city president. 4 years living together they built a strong bond.
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texastee
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Also most are related by blood and would not inform on eachother. Destroy family
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Another Canadian named in this bust.
http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/real-scoop-new-indictment-in-us-drug-smuggling-case/ar-AAJqWzh?li=AAggNb9&ocid=iehp#page=2
After reading this article I have 2 questions:Why is ectasy being smuggled from Canada to the US?Is it made in Canada or China and shipped to Canada and if that is the case why isn't it just shipped to US?The other question I have is why the agent (DEA posing as a buyer/seller) can bust them considering it wasn't real cocaine but a substitute?Wouldn't that be something like entrapment?
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Aussie Observer
Question 1 I'm sure about But Question 2 " It doesn't matter if it's a substitute as the intent was still there so therefore you can still be charged Meaning as you wanted to Buy Coke but I sell you Flour it doesn't matter because you wanted Coke......Hope that helps...Much love from the Land Down Under
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J
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Asian organized crime are more prevalent in Canada, with better connections to Asia, for precursor chemicals and labs for processing ectascy.  Southern California drug traffickers, have a better line on cocaine, meth and heroin, straight from Mexico.  They often work with their counterparts in LA or San Francisco, which have traditional bastions of Asian organized crime.

"The deal was made in Orange, California on Feb. 20 after the courier showed a bill with the serial number that Chiu had allegedly texted down before hand."

I don't know if that's a Canadian thing or an undercover op thing, but I have seen that at least 2 times now, in Canada related investigations.  I have never read that technique by Mexican money laundering or trafficking networks.
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J if you are alluding to the ripped note it was common practice for somebody who was the World's most wanted Money Launderer Altaf Khanani A Pakistani whose now serving 68 months I'm an American Federal Prison. His organisation was Active in Australia and numerous countries. Check out YouTube for a Doco called " Catching The World's Most Wanted Money Launderer"
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Part of a Hawala network, no? I know the case
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Aussie Observer
Yes it was, the easiest way for all to move money while they Prey for another opportunity like Colombia's "Narco Window".
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Thanks Aussie Observer and J for answering my questions and welcome to the forum at Borderland Beat.
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blanco puro
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canadiana - in reply to your 2 questions, #1 extacy, or rather pure MDMA is smuggled into the states because yes it is made her locally in Canada, not China. precursors are shipped to Canada from China. #2 you can be busted for buying fake drugs just as you can be busted for selling fake drugs. The intent was to traffic drugs.