Friday, April 06, 2007


These are the nine other people charged during the B.C. Legislature probe

Island drug investigation led to raid on the B.C. legislature
Nine people charged during that probe; here's what happened to them

Neal Hall
Vancouver Sun
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.

Many thanks for what you were able to share here with us but I simply cannot bring myself to pay up to cross their cash wall.

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.
Why go back. A lot of the stories arn't behind a key. I even check Norman Spectors pages for items of his nad others that he lists. They show up elsewhere with restrictions and they show in plain view. Our T/C subsciption gors way back since I started tracking treaty stuff and found out it can be used to access other papers acroos the country. Besides better to know what they are saying rather than guess they are shafting someone.Read the enemy was an old expression. If you figure canwest is a bit short in telling stuuf try follwing the ins and outs of treaty dl
For many years, I never subscribed to a CanWest newspaper, either, geo; never even bought a newsstand copy. But then came Basi, Virk and Basi, and I swear: sometimes it's extremely significant to see what's not being reported as well as what's plainly published.

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.
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