Two Canadians get life sentence in Philippines over illegal drugs

  • Page Views 2243
  • A Metro Manila regional court has sentenced to life imprisonment two Canadians over illegal drug charges.

    The two Canadians are believed to have links with a Mexican drug cartel, and they were arrested for possession of $20 million worth of illegal drugs in 2014.

    On February 28, 2018, the regional court in Makati City imposed life sentences on James Riach and Ali Memar Mortrazavi Shirazi.

    Riach is said to be a member of the Independent Soldiers gang in British Columbia, Canada.

    Riach and Shirazi were found guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violating the country’s Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

    The court also ordered Riach and Shirazi to pay a fine of $10,000 each for possession of $20 million worth of cocaine, Ecstasy tablets and shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride (crystal meth).

    Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested the two Canadians in a sting operation involving P100 worth of illegal drugs in Makati on January 8, 2014.

    Follow-up operations led to the recovery of a big stash of illegal drugs including Ecstasy tablets, cocaine and shabu inside two units occupied by the Canadians in a luxury condo in Makati.

    The NBI agents were armed with a search warrant issued by a Makati regional court following reports that the Canadians belonged to a notorious Mexican drug cartel that wanted to expand its operations in Southeast Asia.

    During the trial, the accused claimed they were legitimate businessmen.

    The two Canadians also claimed that the assorted drugs seized from their condominium units were planted by the raiding team.

    The court ruled that the evidence recovered from the Canadians was “substantial and not common substances to assume them to be planted evidence”.

    Riach survived a targeted shooting in August 2011 in Kelowna, B.C. that killed gangster Jonathan Bacon.

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 20 June 2024
      6 hours ago No comment

      Surrey Fiesta Extravaganza: A Celebration of Culture, Music, and Fun!

      Surrey, BC – Get ready to experience a weekend filled with vibrant culture, exciting music, and fun for the whole family at the Surrey Fiesta Extravaganza! This highly anticipated event will take place on June 29 and 30, 2024 at the Surrey Civic Plaza. Mark your calendars and prepare to ...

    • 13 June 2024
      1 week ago No comment

      Mayor Locke wants a Filipino cultural centre in Surrey, endorses June 29-30 Surrey Fiesta Extravaganza

      The Filipino community in Surrey has a strong advocate in city hall, and it’s none other than Mayor Brenda Locke. In a townhall with members of the community at the central branch of the Surrey public library on June 11, 2024, Locke said that she wishes Filipinos to be ...

    • 06 June 2024
      2 weeks ago No comment

      BMO signs on as Title Sponsor for 2024 Surrey Fiesta Extravaganza

      Left to Right:  M. Hernandez, Ray Lino (Mid-Market Relationship Mgr, Commercial Banking), Yvette Castro (Mid-Market Director & Team Lead, Commercial Banking), Hayley O’Donnell. (Regional Program Mgr – Customer Segments, BC&Yukon), R. Fortaleza, Aminmohmed Sunderji (Regional Vice President, Personal Banking), Mike Calingo (Associate Director, Commercial Banking – Cross  Border), Stacey ...

    • 01 June 2024
      3 weeks ago No comment

      Mable Elmore: let’s honour our diversity and stand up against hate

      In addition to her role as Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of British Columbia for Vancouver-Kensington, Mable Elmore is also the province’s Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives. On May 27, 2024, Elmore released a statement urging everyone to continue the fight against racism whenever and wherever hate and ...

    %d bloggers like this: