U.S. police have eye on powerful B.C. gang
Published Friday, May 23, 2008 8:15PM PDT
New details have emerged about the alleged activities of a powerful British Columbia gang that police have been trying to dismantle as part of the battle against organized crime in the province.
Those details have come to light following the recent arrest in Texas of Clayton Roueche, the alleged leader of the United Nations (UN) gang.
For the past five years, authorities in the United States have been watching members of the UN gang and Roueche, according to documents released Friday by Washington State authorities.
An October 2007 indictment obtained by CTV indicates that Roueche is charged, along with others, of conspiring to export through the United States five kilograms or more of a substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine.
He is also charged with money laundering and conspiring with others to import into the U.S. 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
On Friday, American authorities revealed there are now warrants outstanding for eight others, including two men who are alleged to be Roueche's closest allies, who are also facing drug charges. The warrant names Doug Vanalstine and Daniel Russell.
Roueche, Vanalstine and Russell attended a funeral last week in Abbotsford, B.C.
Arrested in Texas on May 19, Roueche is expected to be flown back to Seattle to answer to the charges.
The UN gang is made up of many ethnicities. Gang members are Persian, Asian and Caucasian. They sport dragon tattoos , garish jewellery and designer hoodies.
They are brazen enough to carve their insignia right onto tombstones.
Canadian police are not commenting on the U.S. investigation.