Canada Charges Laid Against 'major Player' In Organized Crime Bust Spanning Alberta, B.C

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Charges laid against 'major player' in organized crime bust spanning Alberta, B.C.

By Stephane Massinon, Calgary Herald - October 24, 2012


Police executed search warrants at eight separate locations in connection with this investigation
on May 18. A week later, a proceeds of crime restraint order was granted and registered against
this $1.5 -million property in Rocky View.

Photograph by: Handout, ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams)

Eight people from the Calgary area and the Lower Mainland have been arrested and face over 100 charges in a significant organized crime bust announced today by police.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team said it has seized drugs, guns and cash from a suspected cocaine and marijuana trafficking operation between both provinces. They’ve also used proceeds of crime legislation to seize a $1.5 million home in Rocky View, cash, jewelry and seven vehicles.

It’s alleged the group was bringing drugs from B.C. for sale in Alberta for several years.

It’s also alleged they paid people for use of their identities to cover their financial tracks and launder their proceeds of the drug sales.
“This group is a major player in the local drug trafficking scene,” said Insp. Gerry Francois.

“By dismantling their organization, I think we’ve had a major impact on the supply of drugs coming into this city. You could say we’ve cut the head off the snake.”

Parvinder Singh Bagri, 24, of Rocky View and Lower Mainland residents Kalwarn Singh Dhillon, 23, Apraj Singh Bassi, 22, and Keerit Singh Brar, 20, face multiple drug trafficking, firearm, criminal organization and proceeds of crime charges.

Rajvinder Bagri, 22, Gurdawar Bagri, 50, Jatinder Bagri, 52, all of Rocky View, and Kanwal Gill, 36, of Chestermere face charges of laundering the proceeds of crime.

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