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Dial-a-dope operation took drugs, guns off streets: RCMP

Mounties are looking for these two men in connection with a dial-a-dope-and-gun operation linked to the former foster son of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Jinagh Navas-Rivas. Navas-Rivas, charged with cocaine trafficking and weapons charges, also remains at large. - courtesy RCMP
Mounties are looking for these two men in connection with a dial-a-dope-and-gun operation linked to the former foster son of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Jinagh Navas-Rivas. Navas-Rivas, charged with cocaine trafficking and weapons charges, also remains at large.
— image credit: courtesy RCMP

More details were released today about the police investigation that netted the former foster son of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

As first revealed by The Richmond Review Thursday afternoon, Jinagh Navas-Rivas is currently wanted on an arrest warrant by local RCMP following a six-month investigation by the local detachment's drug squad into a group trafficking in drugs and guns.

Friday's press conference included the release of photos of the four men still wanted by police. A fifth was initially arrested on Dec. 23.

One of those four men—Willie Sing Cheung Truong, 23, of Vancouver—turned himself into police on Friday, leaving three at large, including Navas Rivas, 21, Raymond Kwok Pui Ma, 47, and Vinh Doang David Le, 25, all from Vancouver.

Police seized a loaded .40 calibre gun, a .22 calibre pistol, a .38 calibre Smith and Wesson revolver, 15 ounces of cocaine, a pound of marijuana, many vials of steroids and street level amounts of ecstasy.

"The seizure of these firearms has ensure that they are not used for any criminal acts such as what we have seen in the Lower Mainland over the recent Christmas season," RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen said.

Judging from the seizures, undercover police seem to have arranged controlled purchases of the drugs from the dial-a-dope group. Dial-a-dope operations involve a phone number through which drug users and addicts can request the type and quantity of drugs sought, and arrange a meeting spot for the exchange, often in public places like convenience stores to avoid rip-offs.

Police are anticipating that three more suspects will be identified, charged and arrested as the investigation continues, Thiessen said.

Anyone with information about the dial-a-dope ring or the whereabouts of the suspects is asked to call Richmond RCMP Const. Chris Pyper at 604-278-1212, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477, if they wish to remain anonymous.

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