Smuggler’s messages reveal how drugs easily pass through Vancouver’s port

How could the Port of Vancouver be misused by organized crime?

It’s not that hard, according to encrypted messages intercepted by police that detailed an exchange between one Vancouver man and the Ontario-based leader of a major international drug ring three years ago.

Mohamed Reza Amin Torabi told gang boss Nick Nero he had a contact person within the port who could control the movement of containers full of South American cocaine.

All he needed was the name of the company shipping the container to Canada and the actual container number, Amin Torabi explained.

“Hi bro. I am with my buddy. He is ready any time. All the ship come from south come to port here. I need transporter name and container number when U ready,” Amin Torabi, nicknamed ‘Big Guy,’ said in a May 2012 BlackBerry message.

A Vancouver Sun investigation has found at least 27 Hells Angels, associates, criminals and other gangsters work on the Port Metro Vancouver docks. And The Sun has obtained government and police documents that show an unaddressed organized crime problem on the waterfront dating back more than 20 years…

I seem to recall reading about this some time ago. As the article says, it is not a new problem.

h/t Marvin

  • DMB

    We lost the war on drugs. Its time to treat drug addicts as sick people who need treatment rather than criminals unless they actually commit another criminal offense. In some native communities there is a problem of people sniffing gas to get high since other more common form of illegal drugs are not available. It is highly unlikely they will ban gas that is why they need to address the root of the problem that is driving people there to sniff gas.

    • El Martyachi

      That’s mostly already the case (the treating addicts as sick people part). What isn’t sorted out is what to do about the traffickers.

    • lolwut?

      The problem is a lot of addicts are just plain old ego driven asshole trash with or without the drugs.

      I deal with junkies every single day in Vancouver, You can tell the difference between the ones who turned to drugs to bury abuse and the ones
      who are just poor versions of Charlie (Tiger blood) Sheen.

      The ones breaking into homes, stealing cars, boosting etc are the ones who willingly started using drugs to feed their egos, the abuse ones tend to stick prostitution, panhandling… and are generally decent people.

      Not all addicts are created equal.

      • Frau Katze

        I have little experience in the area, thank goodness.

        Someone has to work them though.

        • lolwut?

          I think the focus and bulk of the work/moneyshould be on people who got involved in drugs as a result of abuse or trauma from things like group homes,

          The coke snorting, ego driven narcissists ones should be jailed for long periods of time and kept on a short leash.

      • k

        Drug addiction centres ARE NOT DEALING WITH ALL THE ISSUES!
        1) 60’s generation made DRUGS ‘cool’ = break this IMAGE!
        2) Lots of kids begin using to solve a mental illness ie anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia …. age 15 to 25 is WHEN MOST MENTAL ILLNESSES HAVE APPEARED BY
        3) WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS are what keep the kids ON THE DRUGS = these kids WANT help … and there are ways but METHADONE is not effective for many of these kids=back to the drawing board
        seems I have partners 16:10

  • just a thought
    • Frau Katze

      Yes, I believe it goes back for centuries. Millennia.

  • Jay Currie

    The strangest thing about this article is the idea that this is anything new. The Port of Vancouver has been used since the 1800’s as a drug port. HA, tongs, various middle eastern and far eastern gangs – they have been doing it for years.

    Part of the reason is that the sheer volume of cargo and containers makes it fairly easy to have the occasional “box” go un-inspected. And that is not going change any time soon.

  • lolwut?

    Drugs in Vancouver?…

    No way

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    “I seem to recall reading about this some time ago.”
    This story turns up every few years and has forever. HA run the Port. Everybody knows that.
    Now, everybody also knows that its just not true that the FedLibs got rid of the port police to make things go even smoother, nor that the RCMP here are so corrupt VPD tell them nothing about anti-HA ops, so why nothing gets done about this is just a mystery. 😉

    • Frau Katze

      What is HA?

      • El Martyachi

        Hell’s Angels

        • lolwut?

          In partnership with certain members of the VPD.

          The “Odd squad” in Vancouver is just a cover for members who actively feed intel to the Angels… Toby Hinton is well known as being a closet HA member.

          • El Martyachi

            Careful you don’t wanna get BCF in trouble.

          • lolwut?

            He’s been outed many times before over the years online
            including a blog outing gang members posing as legitimate business owners.

            I found out about his HA connections when I worked at the Ivanhoe in the early 90’s. It wasn’t even a real secret back then.

            If drugs were legalized the whole BC economy would collapse.

          • David


          • lolwut?

            The economy or the cop?