The RCMP dismantles a network of yakuza linked to organized crime in China
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On June 12, 2020, investigators seized, among other things, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and MDMA, approximately $100,000 in Canadian and American currency, a prohibited firearm, two Tasers, and a fake handgun. They also found a radio jamming device in addition to 15 electronic devices, including multiple cell phones, a laptop computer and storage devices.
Charges have been laid against three residents of Richmond, B.C., for “multiple drug and firearm offences”, says the Mounted Police Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
In August 2019, according to the RCMP, customs officers from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) intercepted 12 kg of methamphetamine bound for Japan.
This is the start of an international investigation led jointly by the Major Projects Team of the Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit (GFCGCO), the British Columbia RCMP, the ;Japan National Police Agency and other partner agencies.
The investigation identifies three main suspects based in Canada, and another in Japan, the latter with confirmed links to the notorious Japanese transnational organized crime syndicate the yakuza, according to an RCMP press release.
The shipment of the 12 kg of methamphetamine was followed by another 7 kg to a second Chinese associate in Tokyo, police say national.
After gathering sufficient evidence […] the partner international agencies coordinated the execution of a set of mandates and the taking of measures to law enforcement in Japan and Canada, says RCMP.
The suspect with yakuza connections was arrested by the Prefectural Police Department in Nara, Japan, and charged with drug importation offences.
[…] The suspect of Chinese origin based in Tokyo tried to leave Japan through Haneda airport and go to Hong Kong. However, he was also arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police and faces charges of importing drugs, the RCMP continues.
On June 12, the Major Projects team seized a variety of drugs, approximately $100,000 in Canadian and U.S. currency, an illegal firearm, two Tasers and a fake weapon fist at a residence in Richmond, a city neighboring Vancouver. Officers also found a radio jamming device and 15 electronic devices, including multiple cell phones, a laptop and storage devices, RCMP said.
The three arrested British Columbians face multiple charges for drug offenses under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDRAS), as well as numerous firearms offenses under the Criminal Code, adds the RCMP press release.