Marihuana Exportation Ring Broken Up between Canada and the United States



    TORONTO, July 25 /CNW/ - As a result of an investigation instigated in
Pittsburgh, P.A., entitled Operation Golden Triangle by the Organized Crime
Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), involving the Bureau of Immigration and
Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, a Canadian exportation and trafficking network of
Marihuana was alleged to be operating from Canada to the United States with
proceeds of crime being brought back into Canada.
    The RCMP Greater Toronto Area Drug Section combined with Canada Border
Services Agency (CBSA) and the Toronto Police Service Asian Organized Crime
Task Force (AOCTF) began a cooperative investigation with the OCDETF in
Pittsburgh, P.A., dubbed Project OPENGUIN. As a result of this investigation,
several Canadian citizens were identified in the exportation and money
funnelling network.
    On July 24, 2008, members of the RCMP Greater Toronto Area Drug Section,
AOCTF, CBSA and OCDETF Pittsburgh, conducted a coordinated takedown of the
investigation. Numerous persons have been charged by the U.S. authorities for
Conspiracy to Possess Distribute a Controlled Substance and are facing
extradition to the U.S..
    Arrested on Extradition Warrants and charged with Conspiracy to Possess
and Distribute a Controlled Substance in the U.S. are:

    
    1.  CAO, Kieu Dang, age 40, of Johnswood Crescent, Maple, Ontario
    2.  CHU, Karen Yau Tai, age 50, of Saddlecreek Drive, Markham, Ontario
    3.  LE, Thang Dinh, age 36, of Purcell Crescent, Vaughan, Ontario
    4.  LEUNG, Wen Jing Maggie, age 23, of Caron Avenue, Windsor, Ontario
    5.  SAMPLE, Gordon R, age 39, of St. Catharines, Ontario
    6.  THAI, An Nguyen, age 47, of Valeria Boulevard, Woodbridge, Ontario
    7.  THOMAS, Evan W., age 56, of Ohsweken, Ontario
    

    Overall, the investigation led to the seizure of approximately 524 pounds
of Marihuana and approximately $1,046,000.00 of cash.
    "This investigation is an excellent example of many enforcement agencies
working in co-operation to dismantle an international criminal network", said
Insp. Rick Penney, Officer in Charge of Operations for the Greater Toronto
Area Drug Section. "Canadian law enforcement agencies along with their U.S.
counterparts in our continuing cooperative enforcement efforts were able to
effectively disrupt and bring to prosecution this criminal enterprise that was
operating on both sides of the border."





For further information:

For further information: RCMP Sergeant Marc LaPorte, Media Relations,
Office: (519)640-7302, Cell: (416) 992-4409 or Agent Rob Ambrosini, Federal
Bureau of Investigations, Media Relations, Office: (412)432-4017


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