Alleged leader of global drug ring targeted, nabbed by VPD
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A massive international drug smuggling ring based out of Vancouver has been busted after a multinational joint police investigation, the RCMP announced yesterday.
More than 100 arrests have been made worldwide, half of them in Richmond and Vancouver.
One of the men arrested, 40-year-old Yong Ye of Vancouver, has been identified as the ringleader of the group.
Police said the sophisticated network of organized crime groups netted millions of dollars and were involved in the production and distribution of methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, ecstasy and cocaine.
Insp. Dean Robinson with the Vancouver Police Department’s drug squad, said officers targeted crime bosses.
"This project is significant because it’s integrated (and) it’s global," he said. "In essence we’ve chopped the head off the snake."
He added that Vancouver is an ideal hub for a drug cartel. "It’s a port city, it’s a trucking centre, there’s rail cars, airlines, large international airports and smaller airports around it, with waterways there’s ships coming and going," he said. "All the features ... required to move products."
The 14-month-long investigation began after information out of Los Angeles was passed on to the British Columbia-led Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. It was conducted in conjunction with police agencies in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, India and China.