RCMP announced today (December 3) that a new reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest of a Burnaby man who is wanted on an outstanding Canada-wide warrant from 2013.
Over the past few years, the RCMP, the California Division of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have been working on a joint investigation into a Vietnamese organized crime group that was allegedly involved in laundering approximately $2.7 million from trafficking cocaine and ecstasy.
The group had a network that allegedly transported cocaine north into Canada and ecstasy and cannabis south to the U.S., entailing affiliations in California, Mexico, Australia, Vietnam, and Canada.
As part of the investigation, 32-year-old Minh Nguyen of Orange County, California, was arrested in 2010 and pled guilty to money laundering and drug trafficking. He received an eight-year sentence in the U.S.
Burnaby’s 32-year-old Cong Dinh was also charged with five counts of laundering the proceeds of crime and one count of possession of property obtained by crime.
A Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest in 2013.
However, Dinh remains at large and is believed to have fled from Canada to Vietnam before charges were approved.
Dinh and the crime group allegedly laundered millions of dollars from drugs trafficked into Canada.
Dinh is described as an Asian male who is 170 centimetres (five-feet, seven-inches) tall and weighs 63 kilograms (141 pounds). He has black hair and brown eyes.
The Bolo Program, an awareness project about Canada’s most wanted, is launching a media campaign about Dinh and, in cooperation with Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers, is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information that will lead to Dinh’s arrest. The reward will be available until June 3, 2020.
Anyone who has information on the whereabouts Dinh is asked to contact local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
This RCMP announcement arrives one day after the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced, in a separate and unrelated case, that 28-year-old Brandon Nathan Teixeira was arrested in Oroville, California, on December 1. Teixeira had been charged with the first-degree murder of 28-year-old Nicholas Khabra on October 23, 2017, in Surrey.