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#21301 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 February 2024 - 09:16 PM

Outrage over Pickton T-shirt, death threats cause cancellation of New West comedy show

 

In just 24 hours, more than 1,600 people signed an online petition calling for the cancellation of the Danger Cats' comedy show in New Westminster.


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Posted 27 February 2024 - 09:54 PM

‘Lied to this court’: Defence calls Crown’s star witness in 2020 Langford murder unreliable

 

As the first-degree murder trial wraps up in Victoria, we finally hear from the defence and their theory on why they believe their 28-year-old client, Damien Medwedrich, is not guilty of gunning down a known drug dealer back in 2020.

 

In this trial, there’s really only one witness that matters: Crown’s star witness, whose identity is under a publication ban.

That’s exactly who Medwedrich’s defence lawyer Sarah Runyon took aim at Tuesday, calling him a liar who minimized evidence in attempts to downplay his own participation in what she says was a planned robbery gone wrong.

Most of the trial is based on the testimony of the only other person who was there at the murder scene — a man whose identity is protected by a publication ban. It’s that protected witness’ testimony and evidence, which most of the Crown’s case is based on. But Medwerich’s defence says he shouldn’t be trusted.

In addition to lying, she says the witness minimized evidence, like his relationship with the victim, and feigned a lack of memory to almost every question she posed to him until she referred him back to police statements. All that, she pointed out, despite his mother testifying he has a good memory.

She gave the judge a “Vetrovec warning,” suggesting that witness has a clear interest in the outcome of the trial by trying to absolve himself. As a result, Runyon says the judge should need independent confirmatory evidence to corroborate the protected witness’ testimony. Evidence, she says, doesn’t exist.

“There is a lot more in this room that is missing. This is the breeding ground for a wrongful conviction of first-degree murder,” argued Runyon to Jackson.

With the case based on circumstantial evidence and an unreliable witness, Medwerich’s defence says there’s not enough for the judge to convict on the charge of first-degree. Runyon says the only outcome she sees fit is the much-reduced sentence of manslaughter.

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Posted 27 February 2024 - 10:03 PM

‘Lied to this court’: Defence calls Crown’s star witness in 2020 Langford murder unreliable

 

As the first-degree murder trial wraps up in Victoria, we finally hear from the defence and their theory on why they believe their 28-year-old client, Damien Medwedrich, is not guilty of gunning down a known drug dealer back in 2020.

 

In this trial, there’s really only one witness that matters: Crown’s star witness, whose identity is under a publication ban.

That’s exactly who Medwedrich’s defence lawyer Sarah Runyon took aim at Tuesday, calling him a liar who minimized evidence in attempts to downplay his own participation in what she says was a planned robbery gone wrong.

Most of the trial is based on the testimony of the only other person who was there at the murder scene — a man whose identity is protected by a publication ban. It’s that protected witness’ testimony and evidence, which most of the Crown’s case is based on. But Medwerich’s defence says he shouldn’t be trusted.

In addition to lying, she says the witness minimized evidence, like his relationship with the victim, and feigned a lack of memory to almost every question she posed to him until she referred him back to police statements. All that, she pointed out, despite his mother testifying he has a good memory.

She gave the judge a “Vetrovec warning,” suggesting that witness has a clear interest in the outcome of the trial by trying to absolve himself. As a result, Runyon says the judge should need independent confirmatory evidence to corroborate the protected witness’ testimony. Evidence, she says, doesn’t exist.

“There is a lot more in this room that is missing. This is the breeding ground for a wrongful conviction of first-degree murder,” argued Runyon to Jackson.

With the case based on circumstantial evidence and an unreliable witness, Medwerich’s defence says there’s not enough for the judge to convict on the charge of first-degree. Runyon says the only outcome she sees fit is the much-reduced sentence of manslaughter.

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Interesting.

 

But the accused did not take the stand to say how it really went down.  Even though it's judge-only, that has to harm his defence.



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Posted 27 February 2024 - 10:45 PM

‘Jumped right in front of her car’: Maple Bay mom warning drivers after Monday incident

 

Julie Grimsson says she was sitting down for dinner on Monday around 6:45 p.m. when her daughter called.

“She called me frantically on her cell phone, really upset. I couldn’t really understand what she was trying to say,” Grimsson tells CHEK News.

“But eventually she got it out that she had been driving down the road and she saw two men on the right side of the road. One was on the road a little bit so she had to go around him and as she went to drive around him, he jumped right in front of her car.”

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Grimsson says her daughter slammed on her brakes to avoid hitting the man, at which point the second man came to her passenger side and tried opening the door, while the man in front of the car tried to open the driver’s side door.

“She said they were screaming and yelling at her,” Grimsson said. “She started crying and screaming and thankfully her intuition was to just floor it and drive away as fast as she could.”

She (later) heard from two other parents that a similar incident happened to their high-school-aged girls.

“Same time, same place and had the same experience as my daughter,” Grimsson said. “So it appears that they were targeting young women for some reason.”

The faces of the man in the video and photo has been blurred because police have not confirmed a criminal investigation or that they are looking to identify those involved.
 


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Posted 28 February 2024 - 10:19 AM

Nanaimo man sentenced for sending intimate image several times following break-up

Feb 28, 2024

NANAIMO — A twisted form of revenge against a former partner resulted in a lifelong criminal record, house arrest and probation for a Nanaimo man.

The offender, who can’t be named to protect the victim’s identity, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Feb 27 in provincial court in Nanaimo to publishing an intimate image without consent.

Crown counsel’s Kaitlyn Tourangeau outlined the deceitful campaign by a 43-year-old man in the fall of 2021 after a long-term relationship fizzled.

Tourangeau said the victim began receiving social media messages from an anonymous account, including an intimate image she previously sent to the offender while they were dating.

“At some point Mr._____through this chat attempted to make her think he was a past abusive boyfriend, so the mental manipulation continued from there.”

He indicated a previous boyfriend was responsible for hacking into the victim’s phone to obtain the image.

The victim’s sister, mother and a mutual friend were then sent the picture: all of whom were convinced the offender was responsible.

Nanaimo RCMP tied the offender to the messages following a search warrant.

Defence attorney Babak Zargarian told court the guilty plea was made despite the possibility of acquittal due to a charter issue since his client was not given access to a lawyer upon arrest.

“He was drinking heavily, he was under financial strain and he was unable to deal with his emotions properly.”

The offender has undergone 15 counselling sessions, is remorseful, ashamed, had no prior criminal record and is otherwise a law-abiding citizen and good father with a strong employment background, Zargarian told court.

Judge Hodge accepted a jointly crafted sentence recommendation of a four month conditional sentence order (CSO) with around the clock house arrest. Exclusions for work, medical appointments and parental obligations were built into the house arrest provision.

A year probation follows the CSO, which includes no contact orders, counselling and not consuming alcohol or any illicit substances without a medical subscription.

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Posted 28 February 2024 - 05:53 PM

RCMP seek public help identifying assault suspects

West Shore, Can You Identify

2024-02-27 

File # 2024-3800


On February 26 at approximately 8:00 pm two male suspects knocked on the door of a residence in the 2400 Block of Sooke Rd. The two suspects got into an altercation with the homeowner which turned physical.

The suspects were not known to the homeowner; however, the incident appears to be targeted and there does not appear to be any concern for the safety of the general public.

Suspect 1 is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 5’8-5’10 wearing a blue hoodie, jogging pants and sandals and a dark baseball cap.

Suspect 2 is described as a darker-skinned Male of medium build wearing a dark jacket.

Please note that the night vision camera makes the suspects clothing appear much lighter than it actually is.
 
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If you recognize one or both of these individuals please call the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264

You can also report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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Posted 28 February 2024 - 06:16 PM

Drug trafficking investigation in Campbell River leads to sizeable seizure of fentanyl

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2024-02-28 

File # 2024-456


On February 21, 2024, the Campbell River RCMP Street Crime Unit with the assistance of the Major Crime Unit and Crime Reduction Unit executed a search warrant in the 600 block of Nursery Road in Campbell River, as part of a drug trafficking investigation.

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Police located substantial evidence which included over 2 kilograms of fentanyl, over a kilogram of cocaine, over a kilogram of methamphetamine and over 3500 Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) pills.

Dilaudid is a powerful opioid prescribed for severe pain or as a safe supply. Evidence was located during the search suggesting that these dilaudid pills had been diverted from safe supply prescriptions.

Investigators also located over $30,000 in cash, a significant quantity of liquid GHB and numerous other prescription pills at the location. Extensive documentation found on scene suggested a well-organized drug trafficking operation was being run from the residence.

Of note, some of the Fentanyl powder had been moulded into the shape of gummy bears and dinosaurs.

A 2022 Dodge Ram and a 1999 Jeep Cherokee were seized as offence related property.

A Campbell River woman in her 50s was arrested on scene and released with a court date in May. Drug trafficking charges will be recommended against the woman and charges will be also recommended against three others as a result of the investigation.

This investigation and sizable drug seizure is an excellent example of the ongoing efforts of our officers to hold the criminal elements of the drug trade accountable for their illegal activities in our community, stated RCMP Inspector Jeff Preston.

If you have information regarding ongoing criminal activity in our community, please contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221.

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Posted 29 February 2024 - 09:36 AM

SAANICH RESIDENTS FALL VICTIM TO ONGOING “GRANDPARENT SCAM”

February 28, 2024

With Fraud Prevention Month only a few days away (March), Saanich Police are warning the public of a “Grandparent scam” that has occurred three times in the last
two days. In total, over $20,000.00 has been lost.

The “Grandparent scam” involves a caller or person who targets an older person and claims to be a relative in trouble; they then ask for money to help them with the issue. If
you receive a call like this, do not send or give anyone money. Call your grandchild or another family member to verify the claims or requests.

The suspect in these cases is described as a Caucasian female in her twenties, with long blonde hair. The vehicle involved is described as a 2023 White Kia Sportage SUV,
BC Plate: TR906N, associated with a rental company.

“We currently have Detectives from our Major Crime Unit working on these investigations. If you have any information on the suspect or if you have been affected
by this scam, please report to Saanich Police,” stated Inspector Kowalewich.

Inspector Damian Kowalewich

 



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Posted 29 February 2024 - 06:39 PM

Vehicle seized in Cedar re: Fatal hit & run

Nanaimo RCMP have seized a vehicle suspected to have been involved in the fatal hit-and-run crash in Cedar this past weekend.

The vehicle was towed away from a Cedar home Wednesday night and now police are trying to determine who was behind the wheel.

Neighbours say they saw police converge on the property, paying a lot of attention to an SUV in the driveway.

 
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“They towed the vehicle out last night at 8:30 [p.m.] and me and my mom were just blown away by all the action next door. It’s not common to have a situation like this in this part of town,” said Alan Buchanan, a neighbour.

Neighbours say police remained in front of the property overnight.

Acting on a search warrant, police combed through a Cedar property on Gould Road East Thursday.

On Saturday night just before nine o’clock there was a fatal hit and run on Cedar Road which claimed of the life of a 90-year-old woman. A passing motorist saw the unconscious woman on the side of the road and called 911. Despite attempts to revive her, a paramedic determined she had died at the scene.

Police have since been searching for the vehicle involved. 

“They’re good friends of mine. I do not know what is going on over there but it’s very suspicious. They’re very good people,” said (neighbour) Buchanan.

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Posted 29 February 2024 - 11:15 PM

 

MAN ARRESTED WITH HUNDREDS OF ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION AND A LOADED REVOLVER

April 13, 2023


File #23-6462

Officers arrested a man in possession of hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a loaded handgun Tuesday night in the 4000 block of Cedar Hill Road.

On April 11, 2023, just before midnight, police received a report that a man had unlawfully gained entry to a residential complex in the 4000 block of Shelbourne Street.

When police attended, the man had left the complex but was located by an Integrated Canine Service (ICS) officer nearby. Upon arrest, he was found to be in possession of a bag of nearly 500 rounds of 9 mm and .22 calibre ammunition.

A search of the areas by the ICS officer and his Police Service Dog located a loaded .22 calibre revolver on the ground nearby, with the ammunition matching those found in the bag.

The revolver was determined to have been stolen from a break and enter in Port McNeil, BC in 2021.

The man, Raymond Bruce Beaton, 57, was held in custody and appeared in court Wednesday morning, where charges were sworn for possession of a restricted firearm while prohibited from possessing one, possession of a weapon obtained by the commission of an offence, possession of a restricted weapon, and possession of a restricted weapon with ammunition.

“The ICS officer and his partner, Police Service Dog Hitch, demonstrated their ability to secure important evidence from this scene in a very quick manner,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “Without their assistance, this loaded firearm could have ended up in the wrong hands, with the potential for serious consequences.”
 
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Posted 01 March 2024 - 06:04 AM

A man convicted of setting seven fires in Nanaimo, Saanich and Victoria has been sentenced to six years in jail.

 

Edwin Vikash Singh pleaded guilty to setting seven fires over the course of six months in 2023. The fires damaged vehicles at three locations, and merchandise in a Nanaimo Walmart that led to a multi-day closure of the store, a $1.8-million loss of merchandise and lost sales, Crown prosecutor Paul Cheeseman said during Singh’s sentencing.

 

Singh set the first fire in the diaper aisle of the Woodgrove Centre Walmart in February 2023. The following month he set fire to a Toyota Matrix at a Nanaimo auto repair shop, and in June, he lit a Ford Explorer on fire at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Victoria. A police officer driving by shortly after the fire started quickly extinguished the flames, Cheeseman said.

 

On July 12, Singh set two fires in Victoria, setting ablaze wood pallets at a cleaning supply business and a Mercedes convertible at a car dealership, which destroyed the car and spread to a nearby vehicle, resulting in a $94,000 loss to the business, he said.

 

In mid-August, Singh set two fires over three days in the parking lot of a Saanich Staples store, Cheeseman said. At that point, he was being watched by police, who saw him set the two fires and extinguished them.

 

 

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Edited by Victoria Watcher, 01 March 2024 - 06:04 AM.


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Posted 01 March 2024 - 06:04 AM

Crown pushes back against allegation key witness in murder trial is liar

 

In closing arguments, Crown prosecutor Clare Jennings challenged the defence’s characterization of the witness as a liar whose testimony required special scrutiny


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Posted 01 March 2024 - 05:42 PM

UPDATE: ARREST MADE IN “GRANDPARENT SCAM” INVESTIGATION
March 1, 2024
 

Saanich Police Major Crime Detectives have made two arrests in relation to the “Grandparent Scam” that victimized individuals from Saanich, and possibly other areas of Vancouver Island this week.

 

On Feb 29, 2024, with the assistance of the Richmond RCMP, a 26-year-old male from Montreal and 24-year-old female from Quebec City, Quebec were arrested at the Vancouver International Airport.

 

“Given the large financial losses from Saanich residents, and the high public interest, Saanich Police Major Crime Detectives worked diligently to secure evidence, support the victims, and ultimately locate the two suspects as soon as possible,” stated Inspector Damian Kowalewich.

 

Both will be appearing in court this afternoon in Richmond and are each facing two counts of Fraud contrary to section 380 (1) of the Criminal Code.

 

Inspector Damian Kowalewich

 



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Posted 01 March 2024 - 06:18 PM

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Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit are investigating a hit and run that happened between 5.45pm and 5.55pm on Monday 26th February in the parking lot of Maude Hunters Pub. The victim's vehicle sustained considerable damage to its front end.

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If you know anything about this or who caused the accident, tell us anonymously. Call 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online www.victoriacrimestoppers.ca

File: #24-3533

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Dear suspect,

Scoot over here so we can let you know that @saanichpolice are looking for you in relation to the theft of the scooter you are seen carrying.

The victim who you stole it from has now had their only independent means of transport taken from them. As they were working hard in the grocery store on Vanalman Avenue, you were working hard at cutting the lock off the scooter and stealing it.

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Fabulous followers if you know who our scooter stealer is or the lady who drove him away from the scene of the crime in a silver Jeep Cherokee then tell us. Call 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online www.victoriacrimestoppers.ca.

File: #24-1547

 



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Posted 02 March 2024 - 07:24 PM

Man arrested in connection to Sidney stabbing

2024-03-01

File # 2024-608


On Thursday, February 22nd, the Sidney RCMP Major Crimes section arrested a Victoria man for aggravated assault in connection with a stabbing that occurred in Sidney on the evening of February 3rd. Evidence collected during the course of this investigation has led police to determine that this was an isolated incident and that there is no threat to the public in relation to this assault.

"I can not say enough about the excellent police work that our Major Crime Section has put into this investigation thus far. There is still work to be done to ensure all available evidence related to this crime is processed and delivered to the Courts but we would like Sidney residents to know this was not a random act and that the man responsible has been arrested. said Staff Sergeant Wayne Conley of the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP."

This investigation is ongoing, no further details will be provided at this time.

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Posted 04 March 2024 - 04:32 PM

Project Halo | First Arrest Made In Covert Operation Highlights Prevalence Of Gangs Targeting Youth

Date: Monday, March 4, 2024

File: #23-40675


Victoria, BC – In January, VicPD’s Strike Force arrested a man with a known association to the B.C. gang conflict, after he was observed selling vape products to students just outside school property.  

As part of an ongoing covert operation, dubbed Project Halo, officers observed the suspect selling vape products and interacting with students on and near school property in and around the Greater Victoria area during the day.  

The suspect was seen selling to youth across from local schools including Esquimalt High School and Reynolds Secondary School, and was also observed interacting with youth on the property of North Saanich Middle School after school hours.

Items seized from the suspect include:

859 nicotine vapes
495 THC vapes
290 THC gummies
1.6 kilograms of dried cannabis
Four imitation firearms
Three knives
Two masks
Composite brass knuckles

 

Project Halo continues as investigators work to identify and build evidence against more individuals involved in gang and criminal activity who are targeting youth in Greater Victoria.

“I am proud of the work Strike Force has done in gathering intelligence and building evidence in order to make an arrest,” says Chief Del Manak. “This is not an easy task when we are on the outside looking in at schools, but our team is dedicated to taking action on gang activity. This is just one person of many who have been observed, and our message to those who are targeting our youth is ‘You are not welcome in our communities, you are not welcome in our schools. We see you, we are watching you, and we are coming for you.’”

Through intel gathering, crime analysts and investigators have been able to identify some of the tactics used by gang members and their affiliates to target and train youth and young adults into organized crime. Tactics include:

Targeting vulnerable youth, or those looking for a sense of belonging or connection. All youth regardless of gender, ethnicity or socio-economic status are being targeted.
Using newly recruited youth or young adults to recruit more youth
Using extortion as a primary tactic to recruitment: getting youth to sell vape products, setting up a scenario where they owe a “debt” to the provider and using threats of violence to get them to pay the “debt,” sometimes thousands of dollars.  

Youth victims are often fearful for their safety and are hesitant to report to police or cooperate with investigations for fear of a violent reprisal.  

The organized crime groups involved in selling vape products to youth are also involved in other criminal activities including drug trafficking, violence and weapons possession. These smaller, local gangs are often offshoots of larger gangs involved in the B.C. Gang Conflict.  

Integrated units like the Mobile Youth Services Team (MYST), which partners a police officer with a youth counselor to support high-risk youth that are often targeted for sexual exploitation or gang recruitment, have seen first-hand the impact this has on youth. “We have seen an aggressive shift in recruitment over the last year,” says Mia Golden, a counselor and one-half of the two-person MYST. “Now, gang members are targeting students in school as young as middle school, who are being groomed and recruited through selling products like vapes, designer clothing, or drugs.” Once the connection has been made, the youth are often tasked with selling the products and threatened if they do not comply.

This investigation is ongoing and further details are not available at this time.  


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Posted 05 March 2024 - 05:27 AM

The receiver overseeing disgraced Victoria mortgage broker Greg Martel’s bankruptcy expects it may soon be able to say definitively whether Martel’s investment business was actually a Ponzi scheme.

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers has told investors and creditors who claim Martel owes them in excess of $300 million that it’s now in possession of “a flood of information” through RBC financial transactions.

 

The receiver is working through the information to provide a report to the courts, and expects to be able to conclude whether Martel’s company My Mortgage Auction was a Ponzi scheme, the trustee wrote in an update to investors.

 

The funds-flow analysis will track more than 50,000 transactions through 40-plus accounts at various financial institutions, representing more than $295 million invested in short-term-loan investments Martel had been offering through My Mortgage Auction.

 

The analysis is expected to show where all the money Martel took from investors went, and to determine if the bridge loans he claimed to have arranged ever existed and if there is money sitting in an account somewhere that could offset investors’ losses.

 

To date, the receiver has found no proof the loans ever existed.

 

Pricewaterhouse believes there are other investors who have not yet come forward. It anticipates more than 1,300 investors could be tied up in the scheme, which it estimates involves nearly $300 million.

 

 

 

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Martel’s current whereabouts are unknown to the receiver, though PwC says it learned he had been exiled from Thailand after Aug. 30, and later travelled to Dubai.

 

Warrants for Martel’s arrest have been issued in both Canada and the U.S.

 

The B.C. Securities Commission is also investigating.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 05 March 2024 - 05:28 AM.


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Posted 05 March 2024 - 10:54 AM

Collision/Immediate Roadside Prohibition

 

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Posted 05 March 2024 - 03:38 PM

Nanaimo drug trafficker sentenced to 15 years in prison

Mar 5, 2024


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Kien Pham berated reporters for taking pictures of him prior to being sentenced to 15 years in prison for drug and weapons offences.

NANAIMO — Tears rolled down the eyes of a dejected man sentenced for leading a brisk and sophisticated drug dealing scheme which came crumbling down.

Kien Trung Pham was convicted on all 14 charges he faced linked to a May 2019 bust at Vancouver International Airport, as well as at his central Nanaimo apartment unit days later.

BC Supreme Court justice Robin Baird ruled the 44-year-old man “was in charge and control” of local and international level trafficking of hard drugs.

Justice Baird stated nearly 7.5 kilograms of New Zealand bound methamphetamine intercepted by Canadian Border Services Agency officers at YVR was found in containers disguised as fitness supplements under the cover of a fictitious nutrition company.

Six ounces of fentanyl and an ounce of cocaine were found in Pham’s Central Nanaimo apartment unit on Summerhill Pl. two weeks later, which justice Baird determined was specifically rented for packaging and distributing drugs.

“I was drawn to the conclusion on the basis of the substantial evidence presented at trial that Mr. Pham was running a lucrative drug trafficking operation serving local, trans-national and international dealers and users,” Justice Baird outlined during his nearly hour-long judgment on Monday, March 4 in Nanaimo.

Four firearms, two of which were prohibited, along with ammunition were found by police in Pham’s second floor unit.

“It does not require much imagination to conjure a scenario in which the other residents of Summerhill Place and innocent members of the public might have been caught in a violent cross-fire.”

Pham’s phones revealed pictures of large stacks of Canadian, New Zealand and European cash in large denominations.

Justice Baird said Pham insulated himself by using underlings to do his dirty work of shipping drugs on his behalf.

“…let it be emphasized, not an addict himself, not involved in this vicious trade to support his own habit, but a parasite – enriching himself by the immiseration and destruction of others…”

Pham has multiple previous criminal convictions, including a two year jail sentence for drug offences in 2008.

He was born in Vietnam and moved to Canada in 1992 with his sister and mother.

Claims by Pham of gainful employment were vague and non-specific, justice Baird said, who noted evidence showed the offender was involved in the illicit drug trade for many years.

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Posted 05 March 2024 - 06:22 PM

BREAK-IN @ SEARCH & RESCUE

Mar 5, 2024 

 
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NANAIMO — Numerous valuables were swiped from Nanaimo Search and Rescue during an overnight break-in.

It happened at the valued non-profit agency’s Fourth St. headquarters on Tuesday, March 5 at about 2:30 a.m. where an outdoor storage compound was accessed.

Nanaimo SAR fleet manager Grant Williamson said the items are worth thousands of dollars.

Williamson said manufacturer serial numbers and their own markings, some of which are engraved, are labelled on all of the valuables.

Two large yellow cases filled with various items from each trailer were stolen.

ipad
Spot X 2-way satellite communicator.
Stihl MS171 18” chainsaw
Zoll AED SN: X16J872850 and
Milwaukee 2621-20 Sawzall SN: G09CD232111795
Milwaukee 2558-20 ratchet SN: J20BH232900987
Milwaukee 48-11-1850 M18 batter SN: G29NHTBC
Milwaukee 48-11-2430 MN12 Battery SN: B32ADCFF
19 mm combination wrench and 19mm swivel impact socket
One Polaris key


Williamson said after the break-in the assailant walked down nearby Chesterlea Ave.

Anybody with information is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP’s non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and reference file number 2024-6920.
 


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