NEWMARKET, ON, March 15, 2013 /CNW/ - On March 13th, 2013 in Newmarket, ON, Afshin Dastani, age 34, of Vaughan, ON, was
sentenced to two years less a day in custody and two years of
supervised probation for his role in a criminal ephedrine exportation,
money laundering and fraud operation. Mr. Dastani plead guilty to:
unlawful exportation of a controlled substance: to wit ephedrine; Laundering the Proceeds of Crime; Possession of the Proceeds of Crime
over $5000; and Fraud over $5000.
The investigation began in May, 2010 when the RCMP GTA Drug Section
executed a warrant at Dastani's residence and seized in excess of
$990,000 cash as well as evidence of offences contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the Precursor Control Regulations. The residence had been modified for the repackaging of ephedrine
tablets for exportation to the United States, Europe and Australia.
Investigation revealed Mr. Dastani was overtly operating an
internet-based business that yielded substantial profits from the
unlawful exportation of ephedrine sales from 2007-2011. Mr. Dastani was
using a sophisticated method of laundering the over $3 million in
proceeds of crime generated from his illegal ephedrine distribution
As part of his sentencing, Mr. Dastani forfeited all remaining proceeds
of his illegal ephedrine exportation business, including: $990,420
Canadian and $263 United States currency; a $354,000 bank draft;
$294,000. in funds that were used to purchase two residences; and
almost $200,000 that was contained in three other bank accounts. Mr.
Dastani also relinquished any claim to over $3 million in funds that
was deposited into bank accounts that was under the control of a law
"Working collectively enhances our efficiency in the identification and
detection of complex criminal activities," stated RCMP Inspector Mark
Pearson, the Officer in charge of the Toronto Integrated Proceeds of
Crime Unit. "As greed and amassing illicit wealth is a central
motivator for many crimes, following the money is a fundamental
principle for criminal investigators to apply to ensure that crime is
disrupted. Bringing those who violate the law to justice and
confiscating their enrichments aids in the prevention future crime,
enhances respect for the law, and contributes to maintaining a just,
peaceful, & safe society."
Dastani has been released pending appeal.
Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to
contact their local police, the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or Crime
Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Sgt. Michele Paradis
RCMP Media Relations
905-405-3750 ex 238