B.C. man accused of dark web fentanyl trafficking linked to U.S. Navy deaths

Man was arrested in 2018 at West Vancouver home where large quantity of fentanyl was seized

Evidence bags containing fentanyl are displayed by RCMP in Surrey, B.C. in 2020. An American investigation into the fentanyl overdose deaths of two sailors led authorities to discover packaging material allegedly linked to a B.C. man. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

A British Columbia man has been indicted on U.S. federal charges for allegedly trafficking fentanyl over the dark web that resulted in the deaths of two American navy sailors.

RCMP said in a news release they began their investigation in 2017 as part of joint crime probe into an internet drug trafficking operation operated by a person with the online name “Canada1.”

Mounties say an American investigation into separate fentanyl overdose deaths of the sailors led authorities to discover packaging material allegedly linked to Canada1.

Police say they went to a home in West Vancouver in March 2018 to arrest a B.C. man and a British resident, and seized a large quantity of fentanyl.

Police say since the most serious offence is alleged to have happened in the United States, it was decided the prosecution would take place in the state of Georgia and both men are in custody awaiting extradition proceedings in their countries.

The American indictment alleges the men conspired to import drugs from China and Hungary to distribute across the United States, and they have been charged with trafficking and money laundering.

B.C. RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Corporal Arash Seyed announces the indictment of a B.C. resident on U.S. federal charges of dark web trafficking leading to the overdose deaths of two U.S. sailors. (BC RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime)

Thomas Cannizzo, a special agent in charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, says the importation of illicit narcotics into the United States poses a significant threat.

“Upon initiating this investigation, NCIS quickly recognized the incredible benefit of our valued collaboration with U.S. and international law enforcement partners. We are grateful for their extraordinary efforts to bring to justice those responsible for importing and distributing the illicit narcotics that led to the tragic overdose deaths of two U.S. Sailors,” Cannizzo says in a statement issued by the Department of Justice in Georgia.

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