Is­land drug in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to raid on the B. C. leg­is­la­ture

Nine peo­ple charged dur­ing that probe; here’s what hap­pened to them

Vancouver Sun - - Westcoast News - BY NEAL HALL

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 he was or­dered to for­feit $ 34,000 seized from his Saanich res­i­dence.

For­mer Vic­to­ria po­lice con­sta­ble Ravin­der ( Rob) Dosanjh was con­victed of ob­struc­tion of jus­tice last Oc­to­ber in Van­cou­ver Pro­vin­cial Court. He was found guilty of coun­selling his cousin Sandhu to make false state­ments to po­lice about the ori­gin of funds seized from Sandhu’s res­i­dence.

He re­ceived a con­di­tional sen­tence of house ar­rest.

John Scal­lon and Michael Doyle were charged with con­spir­acy to traf­fic co­caine and traf­fick­ing co­caine af­ter po­lice seized two kg of co­caine on Dec. 3, 2003 in Van­cou­ver. Scal­lon pleaded guilty in Vic­to­ria Pro­vin­cial Court to traf­fick­ing co­caine and was sen­tenced to five years in prison. Doyle pleaded guilty in B. C. Supreme Court in Van­cou­ver and was sen­tenced to 32 months in prison. Doyle is ap­peal­ing his sen­tence.

Jas­mo­han Bains, Brahm Mikol, John Scal­lon and Ari­anna Blythe Ver­non were charged with con­spir­acy to traf­fic co­caine in Van­cou­ver, Vic­to­ria and Toronto be­tween Sept. 19 and Dec. 9, 2003. The trial of Bains is sched­uled for 2008 in Vic­to­ria.

Mikol pleaded guilty in B. C. Supreme Court in Van­cou­ver to con­spir­acy to traf­fic and was sen­tenced to 41⁄ years in prison.

Ver­non, who stored the drugs and cash at her res­i­dence in Scar­bor­ough, Ont., pleaded guilty in B. C. Supreme Court in Van­cou­ver to con­spir­acy to traf­fic and was given a con­di­tional sen­tence of two years less a day. Her sen­tence took into ac­count her lower level in the crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion and the fact she is now the mother of a very young son.

Scal­lon, 43, was ar­rested in Toronto, in front of an el­e­men­tary school, with six kg of co­caine on Oct. 17, 2003.

He ad­vised Bains to take steps to pro­tect him­self. Scal­lon was caught two months later in Van­cou­ver with an­other two kg of co­caine. He pleaded guilty in Vic­to­ria Pro­vin­cial Court to con­spir­acy to traf­fic for the two kg and was sen­tenced to five years in prison, con­cur­rent with the five- year sen­tence he ear­lier re­ceived.

The sen­tenc­ing judge found Scal­lon was not a mere foot sol­dier but a trusted par­tic­i­pant in multi- kilo­gram sales of co­caine who man­aged to ap­pear as a le­git­i­mate busi­ness­man — he ran his own dec­o­rat­ing busi­ness and his wife ran a fit­ness busi­ness.

Dave Basi had been charged with the pro­duc­tion and pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana af­ter po­lice found a grow op­er­a­tion in a home he owned but rented out at Shawni­gan Lake, about 20 kilo­me­tres north of Vic­to­ria. Those charges were stayed June 30, 2005, by the fed­eral Crown.

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Ex- po­lice con­sta­ble Ravin­der Dosanjh was con­victed of ob­struc­tion of jus­tice.

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