RCMP arrest 11 for Money Laundering and Drug Trafficking in International Ring



    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
Integrated Proceeds of Crime section arrested eleven residents of Canada as a
result of a ten month investigation with the United States Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE). The persons were arrested in relation to an
investigation dubbed Operation "OTincan". ICE arrested twelve persons
throughout the United States as part of the international criminal
organization.
    This investigation began as a result of information received from the
Houston office of ICE. Working in cooperation law enforcement agencies on both
sides of the border seized drugs and monies throughout the course of this
investigation. In Canada, police have seized approx 325 lbs of marihuana, 9
houses, 9 vehicles and over $350,000 CDN in cash.
    Authorities in the United States have seized approx. $5.7 million in
cash, 76 kgs of cocaine and 800 lbs of marihuana.
    Authorities are alleging that marihuana and cocaine were destined for
transport across the Canada-United States border and that millions of dollars
in funds from the sale of the drugs were then used to acquire assets or sent
off-shore.
    Arrested and charged with conspiracy to launder proceeds of crime and
conspiracy to traffic in marihuana are:-

    Nguyen Thi Dai VO, age 42, of Toronto, Ontario
    Huyen Thi Mong TRAN, age 41 of Mississauga, Ontario
    Hongkhai NGUYEN, age 50, of Mississauga, Ontario
    Anh Quoc TRAN, age 39, of Mississauga, Ontario
    Thuy Tran Dan PHAM, age 20, of Mississauga, Ontario
    Cong Pham TRANG, age 44, of Mississauga, Ontario
    Thi Hoi NGO, age 36, of Toronto, Ontario
    Dat Van NGUYEN, age 53 of Brampton, Ontario
    Nikolin GJOKA, age 33, of Toronto, Ontario
    Truc NGUYEN, age 34, of Brampton, Ontario
    Diep LE, age 38, of Toronto, Ontario

    "Our Integrated Proceeds of Crime unit seeks to ensure that criminals
will not be able to profit from their criminal activities," stated Inspector
John Ibbotson, A/Officer in Charge of the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit.
"Greed is the primary motivator with criminal behaviour and when we have the
ability to seize and restrain monies or properties or luxury goods then other
people may think twice about a life of crime."
    The arrests in Canada were the direct result of inter-agency cooperation.
Assisting in this file on the Canadian side of the border were Canada Border
Services Agency, the Ontario Provincial Police, Toronto Police Service, Peel
Regional Police, Canada Revenue Agency and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
    Arrest warrants have been issued for further persons and the
investigation is on-going.
    The accused will appear in Old City Hall Courthouse later today for bail
hearings.





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For further information: Media Contacts: RCMP Sgt. Michele Paradis, NCO
i/c Corporate Communications and Media Relations, (416) 715-2375 (pager),
(416) 992-4409 (mobile)


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