30 convicted in an alleged drug ring that used Canada-made, military-grade phones
U.S federal drug charges were raised against 30 individuals after police raided a major drug smuggling ring that linked the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
The declaration was made on the 5th of September that they captured 10 of the defendants at their den in Vancouver Seattle territories and 3 more in the neighborhood of Los Angeles in which all now face federal charges.
The suspects are accused to have been associated with a ploy to send out several kilograms of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and several other addictive drugs from Mexico to Canada via California as per two federal grand jury indictments. In exchange for other drugs, the drug trafficking syndicate, also supposedly bring in MDMA, or Ecstasy, from Canada to Southern California.
Based on the court archives, the suspects are linked to groups of organized criminal activities in Mexico, China, Canada, Serbia, and Sudan.
A part of the syndicate that was arrested met to plan different drug business in areas of B.C’s Lower mainland, which comprises of Burnaby, Langley, and Vancouver.
Associates of the RCMP, in conjunction with homeland security and the FBI, acted as drug and money carriers in those urban areas and assisted to get sufficient data which aided the capture and indictment of the suspects.
The examiner claimed that the suspects worked in different Californian urban communities, intending to circulate these drugs all through the rest of Canada by smuggling drugs to B.C.
The drugs would be traded for either huge amounts of Canadian cash or packets of ecstasy.
The suspects supposedly spoke to one another utilizing military-grade encoded messages on mobile phones which were modified.
The court archives uncovered that these mobile phones were fundamentally made by Canadian organizations and they would remove any other useful features from the phones leaving only an encoded email framework.
San Diego issued an arrest warrant on Vancouver tech businessman, founder, and CEO of Phantom Secure, Vincent Ramos, arrested last year in Bellingham Wash and charged him of giving those encoded phones to the accused recorded in the current monthly prosecutions.
One of those suspects is currently facing federal convictions due to charges related to drugs. However, none of the claims in the unsealed prosecution has been demonstrated in court.
Also, police held onto about 430 kilograms of cocaine, 50 kilograms of methamphetamine, 9 kilograms of heroin and over 46 kilograms ecstasy, in most recent activities.
Also, the authorities confiscated CAD811000.
The charges on the accused 30 are a conspiracy to spread, export and import controlled substance. Afterward, 13 defendants showed up in a federal court on the 5th of September with court dates fixed throughout the year.
If the defendants were convicted of the charges, they are looking at the possibility of going to prison for life with a compulsory lower sentence of about 10 years.
Prosecutors recognize the fact that the police in Sudbury, Toronto, and Hamilton, as well as the Peel Region Police, actively supported the investigation.