Burnaby man charged for trafficking, firearms after anti-gang probe

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The charges stem from the 2019 CFSEU ​​investigation “into the operation of an organized crime group run by a man known for his criminal activities and gang ties”

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Kim Bolan In a 2019 lawsuit, the director of civil forfeiture moved Thomas Borden and his wife Vicky Wang's Burnaby apartment, which was forfeited as an alleged criminal offense.In a 2019 lawsuit, the director of civil forfeiture moved Thomas Borden and his wife Vicky Wang’s Burnaby apartment, which was forfeited as an alleged criminal offense.

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A Burnaby man and his stepfather face firearms and human trafficking charges after a two-year anti-gang agency investigation into an organized crime group.

Mathew Borden, 32, has been charged with two human trafficking counts and three firearms, while his 59-year-old stepfather, John Canning of Surrey, has been charged with human trafficking.

The charges stem from an investigation by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit that began in April 2019 “into the operation of an organized crime group run by a man known for his criminal activities and gang ties “Sgt. Said Brenda Winpenny.

CFSEU ​​officials carried out search warrants in two houses in August 2019, confiscating a loaded polymer semi-automatic pistol, an AR15 automatic rifle, around 200 rounds of ammunition, over two kilograms of cocaine, 700 grams of heroin and 5.5 kilograms of phenacetin.

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Police also confiscated US $ 111,878 in cash, jewelry and three vehicles.

Both men are expected in Vancouver Provincial Court on April 26.

“The removal of potentially lethal drugs and weapons from the hands of people ravaging our communities is important to CFSEU-BC and motivates our investigation teams every day,” Winpenny said in a press release.

“The CFSEU-BC is committed to doing everything possible to make our roads safer and to hold those people accountable who put the public at greatest risk of harm.”

Borden, his wife Vicky Wang, and Canning and his wife Vera had all been named in a 2019 civil forfeiture complaint filed by the director.

The lawsuit in this case alleged that neither Borden nor Wang seemed to work, but Borden regularly used large amounts of money to deposit into various bank accounts. And he would meet “unknown persons “ To do what looked like illegal drug transactions, the court documents said.

The government’s lawsuit said Borden and Wang’s Burnaby apartment had been confiscated Cash, jewelry and three vehicles should be forfeited as alleged criminal proceeds.

When the couple searched the couple’s Burnaby apartment, police found a black man for sure with more than 25,000 US dollars “Bundled with elastic bands … and not wrapped consistent with banking standards, ”claimed the director.

They also took a “A table that documents marijuana operating costs and costs, equipment, harvest cycles, and profits for 244 plants. “

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A pistol was in an unlocked dresser drawer.

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The Cannings house on 154th Street in Surrey was also searched. Inside, the police found 700 grams of cocaine and 5.5 kilograms of a cocaine cutting agent. There were scales such as those used in drug trafficking and sealing devices, the suit said.

In a 2016 Jaguar, police found a kilogram of cocaine wrapped in yellow and a sealed bag of heroin. “Neck 1030 “ was written on the cocaine.

The civil The Forfeiture Director said the property, vehicles and money “were used by the defendants to engage in illegal activities … that would likely cause serious physical harm damage.

Borden and Can are involved in human trafficking or possession of illegal firearms, error declare taxable income and wash the proceeds from crime, the director allegedly.

In Borden’s response to the lawsuit, filed in March 2020, he denied the allegations, saying the police search violated his charter rights.

“The defendant, Mr. Borden, is entitled to special charges as the unsubstantiated allegations in the civil suit are scandalous, which equate to the allegations of serious criminal misconduct. his answer said.

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