Friday, April 06, 2007
Island drug investigation led to raid on the B.C. legislature
Nine people charged during that probe; here's what happened to them
Friday, April 06, 2007
The investigation into political fraud and corruption that led to the raid on the B.C. legislature in 2003 stemmed from information gathered during a drug investigation that started in July 2002.
The Vancouver Island RCMP District Drug Section commenced the drug investigation, code-named Project Everywhichway, which targeted the criminal activities of Jasmohan Singh Bains and his associates.
The Crown alleges Bains was the head of a Victoria-based criminal organization that was shipping kilograms of cocaine to the Toronto area. The money was then shipped back by Federal Express in vacuum-sealed bags stuffed with fabric softeners to "disguise" the contents.
Police seized 20 kilograms of cocaine during a three-month period ending December 2003. As well, police intercepted courier shipments of cash, including one shipment of $189,000, which police learned through wiretap was from the sale of five kilograms of cocaine in Toronto.
Here's a summary of what happened to the nine people charged during the drug investigation:
- Jaspal (Tony) Singh and Mandeep Sandhu were charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana between Sept. 30 and Dec. 9, 2003 and with possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking on Oct. 9, 2003. The case involved a total of six kilograms of marijuana seized from a Surrey warehouse.
Singh pleaded guilty on Nov. 18, 2005, in Surrey Provincial Court to possession for the purpose of trafficking. He was given a three-month conditional sentence and fined $10,000. Singh also was ordered to forfeit $26,385 seized from his vehicle on Oct. 9, 2003 and $71,380 seized from his residence on Dec. 9, 2003.
The charges against Sandhu were stayed but ...
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This summary by Neal Hall is recommended for the fresh detail on each line. Many thanks to Neal and Vancouver Sun. - BC Mary.
CanWest has disappointed me too many times in the past. I simply will not do it again. Now will I buy their dead tree copy any more.
Sorry Mary, sorry Neal. This is one excustomer that is not comming back.
Several people have brought up the topic of a New Democrat premier's modest back porch. That small porch was not only prime time TV news from BEFORE the police arrived to seize documents but it also was written up for months afterward. Ask why.
Fast forward to the image of 32 policemen carrying file boxes out of the B.C. Legislature one Christmas Sunday morning. Each policeman was a sergeant, signifying that this search and seizure was something to be handled skilfully. It had never happened before in Canada. Seizing documents from the People's Legislature -- Crime? In the Legislature? That was something to scare the bejaypers out of every citizen of B.C.
But after a brief flutter of surprise, CanWest media fell silent. Ask why.
I'm damsure that in The Great Book, journalism isn't set down as "all the news that benefits The Porkchop Party" or "all the news skewed to promote Enron".
I'm fairly certain that the basic role of a news medium in a democratic society is to seek out and present the issues and events in as fair and thorough a way as possible, without fear or favour.
And I'm also pretty sure that CanWest has become way too big, too monopolistic, and too confused to be able to do that. It has become an obstacle to a fair and democratic society.
But I don't regret having purchased an online subscription in December when we thought the Basi, Virk, Basi trial was going to happen. Ask why? Because you learn a lot by noting what ISN'T reported.