A lottery winner who accuses his monetary adviser of shedding half of his jackpot and a driver who says he inherited $14 million are among the many 10 individuals charged in an alleged multimillion-dollar drug trafficking community between B.C. and Winnipeg.

Court docket paperwork, together with a sworn affidavit from a Winnipeg police detective-sergeant, lay out a few of the particulars of the investigation police name Challenge Riverbank.

It culminated within the arrests and the seizure of practically $three million price of medicine and different property, which police introduced on Nov. 1.

Not one of the allegations towards any of the 10 accused have been confirmed in courtroom.

The affidavit from Det.-Sgt. Ravi Misir, filed in Manitoba Court docket of Queen’s Bench on Nov. 1, describes an elaborate, large-scale community that allegedly funnelled hundreds of thousands of {dollars} of medicine from B.C. to Winnipeg over eight months in 2018.

Mohammad Shakil Khan, 39, who police mentioned was reported to have received practically $Four million in a 2007 lottery, is accused of being an “instrumental operator” of the community.

His lottery win is a part of a separate lawsuit — Khan is within the technique of suing his monetary adviser for allegedly shedding $2.three million of his winnings.

As a result of a 10-month investigation that involved five police forces, police say they have busted a complex drug network that was operating across the western provinces, resulting in $2.7 million in drugs, cash and vehicles being seized.

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On account of a 10-month investigation that concerned 5 police forces, police say they’ve busted a fancy drug community that was working throughout the western provinces, leading to $2.7 million in medicine, money and autos being seized.

“Khan was routinely delivery a number of kilograms of cocaine and ketamine from British Columbia for distribution within the Winnipeg space,” says Misir’s affidavit, which was used to argue for the seizure of property belonging to Khan and his co-accused underneath the Manitoba Legal Property Forfeiture Act.

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Police allege Khan has ties to the Impartial Troopers avenue gang in B.C. and is a member of the Wolfpack, an alliance of the Impartial Troopers, Hells Angels and Crimson Scorpions in B.C. Amongst Khan’s belongings, they discovered a belt with a wolf’s head on it and Impartial Troopers clothes, the affidavit says.

Police imagine the Wolfpack fashioned as early as 2010 and Khan has been a member since 2012. Members of the Wolfpack additionally preserve their memberships of their respective organizations, Misir mentioned.

“Wolfpack members have been recognized in all provinces, apart from those east of Quebec,” Misir’s affidavit says. “Wolfpack members are recognized to be violent and concerned in multi-commodity drug trafficking.”

‘Stash areas’

Police allege Khan, who’s from Vancouver, was behind an operation by which semi drivers Allan Ronald Rodney, 70, and Shontal Kathleen Vaupotic, 32, each of Surrey, B.C., trucked medicine throughout the Prairies to Winnipeg. There, they had been stashed at quite a few properties, diluted with reducing brokers and distributed on the market by sellers, police say.

Khan and Winnipeggers Mason Joaquin Burg, 24 and Daniel Jason Finkbeiner, 30, together with Herbert Mejia-Orellana-Delgado, 29, of Edmonton, met Rodney and Vaupotic after they arrived in Winnipeg with the medicine, Misir’s affidavit says.

After his arrest, Rodney advised police he was paid $1,500 per journey and he made 20 journeys from March 14 to Oct. 18, the affidavit says. 

The drivers, Rodney and Vaupotic, had been paid for the medicine, Misir alleges, which had been then taken to what police known as “stash areas” — homes on Boyd Avenue, Centennial Road, Cartwright Highway and Crescent Drive, and flats on Assiniboine Avenue, Elizabeth Highway and Kennedy Road.

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The Cartwright and Crescent properties are two of the properties police are asking the courts to grab underneath proceeds of crime laws.

Insp. Max Waddell, commander of the Winnipeg police organized crime unit, shows some of the drugs seized to media.

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Insp. Max Waddell, commander of the Winnipeg police organized crime unit, reveals a few of the medicine seized to media.

Police went into the stash areas at numerous instances and noticed an estimated 30 kilograms of cocaine, 7.5 kilograms of meth, 4.6 kilograms of MDMA (also referred to as ecstasy), a kilogram of heroin and greater than three kilograms of marijuana. The medicine have an estimated avenue worth of greater than $2 million, the affidavit says. 

Reducing brokers had been additionally seen, so Misir believes the medicine had been diluted and bought for greater than that.

Judging by the variety of journeys Rodney mentioned he made, Misir estimates the shipments truly introduced in 10 instances that quantity of medicine throughout the eight-month investigation, the affidavit says.

Police imagine Khan, who has a number of financial institution accounts and in addition flips homes, was incomes $640,000 to $720,000 monthly. The home flipping could have allowed cash laundering, Misir says in his affidavit.

10 charged

Khan, Burg, Rodney and Vaupotic had been arrested on Oct. 18 whereas making an trade of money for medicine in Oak Bluff, simply exterior Winnipeg, the affidavit says. Police seized a kilogram of cocaine and $100,000 from a semi-trailer truck at that location.

The identical day, police searched eight properties in Winnipeg, three in B.C., 4 in Regina and one in Edmonton as they busted the alleged drug community.

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After Khan’s lottery win, he put the cash into an funding company that solely had $150,000 left in it on Sept. 30.

Nevertheless, police say Khan has a number of financial institution accounts, owns the Cartwright and Crescent Drive properties the place medicine had been stashed and owned a $2.25 million residence in B.C. that he transferred to his dad for $1 in March 2017.

Rodney advised police after he was arrested that he had inherited $14 million, though Vaupotic mentioned he’d solely inherited a pair million and did not have entry to it, the affidavit says.

Rodney mentioned his respectable revenue is about $10,000 monthly.

He owns a $650,000 residence in B.C. and a slew of autos. He lately bought the semi he was driving, and in addition owns:

  • A 2016 McLaren valued at $280,000.
  • A 2017 Porsche valued at $160,000.
  • A 2018 Dodge Ram valued at $90,000.
  • A 2018 Dodge Durango valued at $50,000.
  • A 2018 BMW valued at $78,000.
  • A Harley-Davidson bike valued at $25,000.

Police have laid a complete of 156 prices towards 10 individuals in reference to the alleged drug-trafficking community. Along with Khan, Rodney, Vaupotic, Burg, Finkbeiner and Mejia-Orellana-Delgado, the next individuals are charged:

  • Lisa Daybreak Hallson, 32, of Winnipeg.
  • Amanda Marie Borges, 27, of Winnipeg.
  • Darci Ann Geiger, 33, of Winnipeg.
  • William Junior Fuller, 22, of Winnipeg.

The accused face prices associated to conspiracy and trafficking managed substances, proceeds of crime and firearms.

Police say Allan Ronald Rodney, 70, recently bought the truck he's accused of using to take the drugs to Winnipeg.

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Police say Allan Ronald Rodney, 70, lately purchased the truck he is accused of utilizing to take the medicine to Winnipeg.


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