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Vancouver mayor's former foster son taken into custody by RCMP

Jinagh Navas-Rivas (left), the foster son of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson (right), has been charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of transferring a .22-calibre Ruger pistol and ammunition without authorization. - courtesy CTV BC
Jinagh Navas-Rivas (left), the foster son of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson (right), has been charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of transferring a .22-calibre Ruger pistol and ammunition without authorization.
— image credit: courtesy CTV BC

The highest profile suspect in a local dial-a-dope-and-gun investigation linked to the former foster son of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has now been taken into custody.

Richmond's Jinagh Navas-Rivas, 21, who lived with the Robertson family for two years until 2009, was taken into custody on Thursday around 2 p.m, a day after Raymond Ma turned himself in to the Richmond RCMP on Wednesday.

RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen said investigators located Navas-Rivas, and opened a line of communication with him, after which a location was selected for him to surrender himself. He remains in custody.

At virtually the same time, Vinh Hoang David Le turned himself in to the Vancouver Sherrifs Department. Le also remains in custody.

Ma was released on strict conditions and was scheduled to appear in Richmond provincial court on Thursday.

Navas-Rivas, who was on the stage next to Gregor Robertson on the night of the municipal election on Nov. 19, had just a day earlier been involved in transferring a firearm in New Westminster.

As first revealed by The Richmond Review, Navas-Rivas was named as part of an 18-count criminal indictment on Dec. 23.

In an investigation launched last June by the local drug squad, police seized a quantity of cocaine, ecstasy and steroids, along with weapons.

Navas-Rivas is charged with transferring a firearm and two counts of cocaine trafficking.

After learning of the RCMP investigation on Dec. 29, Gregor Robertson issued a statement asking that Navas-Rivas turn himself in.

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