REAL SCOOP: Charges laid against Burnaby man and Surrey step-dad

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In many criminal cases these days, charges are not brought until months or even years after the police investigation is complete. In this case, charges were only recently approved, almost two years after the BC anti-gang agency issued search warrants.

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Man, stepfather charged with human trafficking; The organized crime investigation led to the seizure of weapons, cocaine, heroin and cash

Vancouver Sun.
Fri April 9, 2021
Page: A5
Section: City
Byline: Kim Bolan
Source: Vancouver Sun.
A Burnaby man and 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, has been charged with human trafficking in Surrey.


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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.

Police also confiscated cash, jewelry and three vehicles valued at $ 111,878.

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.

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 people” to conduct illegal drug transactions, the court documents say.

The government’s lawsuit said Borden and Wang’s Burnaby apartment, as well as seized cash, jewelry and three vehicles, were to be forfeited as alleged crime proceeds.


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While searching the couple’s Burnaby home, police found a black safe worth more than $ 25,000 that was “bundled with rubber bands … and not packed according to banking standards,” the director alleged.

They also confiscated a “chart that documents the cost and expense of growing marijuana, equipment, harvest cycles, and profits for 244 plants.”

A pistol was in an unlocked dresser drawer.

The Cannings’home 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. “Kark 1030” was written on the cocaine.

The civil forfeiture director said the property, vehicles and money were “used by the defendants in illegal activities … likely to cause serious injury”.

Borden and Canning are involved in human trafficking, possession of illegal firearms, non-declaration of taxable income and money laundering of the proceeds of crime, the director said. [email protected]

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