TIMELINE OF CALGARY DRUG INVESTIGATION AND BUST – NOVEMBER 2007 – December 2008
Past info/articles condensed to one page for easy reference.
TIMELINE OF CALGARY DRUG BUST
SERIES of seizures spanning a YEAR – total of 80 Kilos. (Jan – Dec 2008)
“Staff Sergeant Bossley was lead investigator (a.k.a. the “Team Boss”) on a joint Calgary City Police and RCMP Investigation named “Operation High Noon” into suspected cocaine trafficking between British Columbia and Alberta. The investigation was conducted by the Drug Undercover Street Team (“DUST”) from NOVEMBER 2007 to December 2008.” (read more by clicking links)
“Officers had been WORKING on the investigation for about TWO MONTHS when, around 9:00 pm Tuesday, they witnessed what they believed was a drug transaction between TWO vehicles.” This vehicle search LED the officers to the home on Hawthorne Dr.
Operation High Noon began approx the same time frame the crime phone was purchased that was used in Lindsay’s murder.(often burner phones are purchased in bulk and used at a later date) Police from Victoria were also involved in this investigation along with other departments. The crime phone used in Lindsay’s case was activated 24 hours before she was murdered and traveled to the Island 24 hours before her murder. Erickson was denied bail February 1, 2008 the day before Lindsay was murdered. Erickson and Graham Scott Taylor were the first TWO arrested on January 22, 2008, while the remaining individuals were arrested MONTHS later. Someone snitched but it wasn’t Lindsay.
January 22, 2008 (total of 25 kilos of cocaine seized that night)($217,000 in cash)
January 28, 2008 (42 kilos of cocaine found in safe that was seized Jan 22/08)
months later (13 kilos seized)
total = 80 kilos
(ERICKSON DEL ALCAZAR AND GRAHAM SCOTT TAYLOR)
“A criminal organization that used hidden compartments in vehicles to funnel cocaine into Calgary has taken a hit, police said Monday, after wrapping up a year long investigation that led to charges against TWELVE Calgarians and TWO British Columbians.”
At approximately 9 p.m., on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, members of the CPS Drug Unit conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of Hawthorne Drive N.W. Inside the vehicle officers discovered five kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $150,000. An additional $105,000 in cash was also found.
Further investigation led drug unit officers to a home on the same block. A search warrant on the home revealed a further 20 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $600,000, as well as another $112,000 in cash.
Police seized three handguns and a rifle from the home.
During the execution of the search warrant at the residence, a large safe was located in the garage.
This safe was opened on Monday, January 28, 2008. Inside, police discovered 42 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $1.26 million.
“In the months AFTER that police found an additional 13 kg of cocaine cleverly hidden in VEHICLES in what was a sophisticated operation.”
“The active part of the investigation ENDED in DECEMBER 2008.”
“Police held off on announcing the ENTIRE SCOPE of the seizures until prosecutors were CERTAIN they could lay trafficking conspiracy charges – an offence rarely alleged by local authorities.”
Police also seized $330,000 in cash from the suspects in an investigation that involved police forces in BC and throughout Alberta.
THE FOLLOWING WERE CHARGED WITH DRUG OFFENCES IN CONNECTION WITH THE OPERATION:
– Alycia Lynn Faithful-Lebrun, 26, of Calgary;
– Christian Balmore Zepeda, 37, of Calgary;
– Thuan Xuan Ngo, 33, of Calgary;
– An Xuan Go, 27, of Calgary;
– Kayla Elizabeth Wright, 24, of Calgary
– Duncan Howard Bailey, 24, of Calgary;
– Kevin James Wambolt, 23, of Calgary;
– Miguel Ernesto Rivas Franco, 28, of Calgary;
– Leopoldo Fernando Rojo Beltran, 34, of Calgary;
– Anthony Raymond Middlekoop, 25, of Calgary;
– Carlos Enrique Aguirre, 41, of Calgary;
– Roberto Stanley Olmedo-Rajo, 26, of Surrey, B.C.
– Graham Scott Taylor, 30, of Calgary;
– Erickson Lopez Delalcazar, 28, of Victoria
– Miguel Rivas Franco and Alycia Faithful-Lebrun are also charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine. Conspiracy charges also incur stricter penalties; the Crown is looking for 15 to 20 year sentences for the two accused of conspiracy
(*NOTE*) Leopoldo Fernando Rojo Beltran is married to Miguel and Medardo Rivas’s sister. Edwardson aka SANDY Del Alcazar is best friends with Medardo Rivas whilst Miguel Rivas is the best friend of ERICKSON Del Alcazar.
“Police from Victoria, Vancouver and Lethbridge, along with RCMP officers in Cranbrook and Osoyoos took part in the operation.”
“Cave said investigators believe the operation disrupted in Calgary has links to a distribution network spread through the “United States, beyond that to Mexico and South America.”
“The involvement of police in Victoria suggests the cocaine may be transported from Mexico along the coast — avoiding the United States — and coming in through Victoria, he said, adding he believes the lack of marine border security on the coast leaves an “open gate for drug smugglers.”
Lindsay was murdered the day after ERICKSON DELALCAZAR was denied BAIL There was a rumor that Lindsay snitched on Erickson. Lindsay WAS NOT THE SNITCH.
Who knew Lindsay was going to Calgary and who was privy to people she would be in contact with while on that visit? ie: Rianne Gracia
Lindsay told her Dad in 2006 that “she saw something she shouldn’t have.” She mentioned this again in 2007 while visiting her Father in Calgary. From my understanding he wasn’t sure if Lindsay was referring to the same event(2006).
RE: Kayla Elizabeth Wright, Anthony Raymond Middlekoop and Roberto Stanley Olmedo-Rajo
Leopoldo Fernando Rojo Beltran, 34, was deported in 2000 and 2003, and now faces charges of returning without authorization.
Read bloggers comments below. (Some claim MC, Triad and UN ties) I guess you can’t believe everything you read or hear unless you know the facts yourself. It has been mentioned before that the composite sketch looked “Asian”. There is a large number of Ethnic groups throughout Asia. That would include “Filipinos” Numerous articles have been posted re: Asian connection.
The Real Scoop – Kim Bolan
“Police in Alberta Nab 14 in Massive Coke Bust”
June 10, 2009 at 3:53 pm
Does anybody know why it took our hard working police officers a whole year to bust this case???? It’s because this case was passed on from agency to agency and nobody wanted to take it….It’s not because they were hard at work. Victoria doesn’t have the budget for something this big…. read more of comment:
“In December 2007, Buziak visited her father in Calgary and, while there, met with old friends she grew up with. A month later, one of those men was arrested in connection with the largest cocaine bust in Alberta history.”
“Buziak’s boyfriend, Jason Zailo, was the source for most of what police know about the killing.”
Zailo, in his first media interview about the case, said he arranged to meet Buziak at the De Sousa Place house to drop off papers.
“We don’t know why she was murdered,” Fast says, adding that whoever plotted the murder used the fact she was an agent to lure her to the house. “That’s how it was set up.”
Police have determined that the cellphone was purchased under the name Paulo Rodriguez, an alias that investigators believe was “used as a diversion,” and brought to Vancouver Island from the Lower Mainland in the 24 hours before Ms. Buziak’s death.
“Investigators now know that the cell phone used to call Buziak was purchased in Vancouver in late November 2007. The phone was activated late January 2008 in Vancouver under a user name of Paulo Rodriguez with a Vancouver address. Police have since determined that while the address exists, it is not connected with the crime. Police also believe the Paulo Rodriguez name is an alias. Fast says police are interested in hearing from anyone who may also have encountered that name. The phone was deactivated after the murder.”
****Erickson Lopez Delalcazar and Graham Scotty Taylor were arrested January 22, 2008.
**** Crime phone used in Lindsay’s murder was activated late January 2008.
*****Erickson Lopez Delalcazar denied bail February 1, 2008
*****Crime phone used in Lindsay’s murder travels to the Island 24 hours prior to her murder
*****Lindsay murdered February 2, 2008