Vancouver Sun

Gangster sentenced in absentia for role in dealing date rape drug

- BY KIM BOLAN kbolan@ vancouvers­un. com Read Kim Bolan’s blog at vancouvers­un. com/ therealsco­op

If missing West Vancouver gangster Omid Bayani turns up, he will probably be heading straight to an Ontario jail cell.

Bayani has been sentenced in absentia by an Ontario Superior Court judge to seven years for his role in traffickin­g the date rape drug GHB along with members of the Hells Angels.

Bayani, 36, was reported missing to West Vancouver police in September, two days before his sentencing was scheduled to go ahead.

West Vancouver police Det. Tom Wolff von Gudenberg said at the time that Bayani, who is linked to the United Nations gang, was on his way to the gym when he vanished, leaving his family extremely worried.

Bayani’s first sentencing hearing was adjourned because of his disappeara­nce, which his lawyer attributed to possible “foul play.” At a second sentencing hearing, Judge Robert Clark issued a warrant for Bayani’s arrest, noting the lawyer “had no further intelligen­ce concerning the whereabout­s of his client.”

Both Bayani and Haney Hells Angel co- accused Vincenzo ( Jimmy) Sansalone were convicted of conspiring to traffic GHB in July 2011 in connection with the largest seizure ever of the ‘ date rape’ drug in Canadian history.

The investigat­ion dates back to the fall of 2005 when Bayani sold 600 litres of GHB to Mehrdad Bahman, a prospect with the Toronto chapter of the Hells Angels. Bayani was not paid at the time. A police agent later told authoritie­s that Bahman had a large quantity of GHB stored in a garage in Toronto, which police seized in a raid in February 2006.

“To maintain the integrity of their ongoing investigat­ion, the officers made it appear as though the garage had been burgled. As a result of the seizure, Bahman was unable to pay Bayani and a dispute arose in connection with the outstandin­g debt; that dispute lasted many months,” Clark noted in his reasons for sentencing, a copy of which was obtained by

The Vancouver Sun.

In June 2006, at the direction of a vice- president of the Toronto Hells Angels, the agent came to Vancouver with Bahman and Zavisa Drecic, a fullpatch member of the Woodbridge, Ont., chapter to mediate the dispute with Bayani.

Sansalone met them at the airport and took them to the Haney clubhouse. The next day, Drecic and the agent met Bayani at a restaurant in downtown Vancouver and hammered out a repayment plan for the GHB debt.

Sansalone was sentenced to six years for his part in the conspiracy.

Bayani, 36, was a major player who deserved a stiffer sentence because “there was an undercurre­nt of violence in the aftermath of the drug transactio­n,” Clark said.

He said the nature of the drug itself was an aggravatin­g feature that had to be taken into account.

“This drug is particular­ly pernicious. Albeit it has uses other than as a ‘ date rape’ vehicle, it is meant, for the most part, to be given to innocent, unsuspecti­ng third parties, mainly women, so as to render them unable to effectivel­y resist men who seek to take sexual advantage of them,” Clark said.

“It is one thing for a person to sell a willing buyer an illegal drug when the buyer knows what he is buying and the risks associated with taking it. It is quite another to sell someone a drug that the vendor knows is going to be administer­ed to an unsuspecti­ng third party.”

He noted that Bahman had already sold 250 litres of GHB by the time the police seized the rest.

 ??  ?? Gangster Omid Bayani was reported missing two days before he was to be sentenced.
Gangster Omid Bayani was reported missing two days before he was to be sentenced.

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