Huyen (Helen) Thi Mong Tran
Huyen (Helen) Thi Mong Tran, 45, along with several other co-conspirators were arrested on December 18, 2008, by a joint task force of the Greater Toronto Area Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), DEA, CBSA and RCMP. (1)
The arrests were based on Extradition Act warrants as a result of a lengthy international criminal investigation that led to drug related charges laid by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and ICE in Los Angeles, California. (2)
CFSEU, RCMP and Peel Regional Police Service started a two-year investigation in conjunction with the DEA which led to the seizure of 48 kilograms of cocaine in September 2007. The South Asian organized crime group has been involved in a large scale cross border trafficking of illicit drugs since 2005. (3)
On June 12, 2011, Huyen (Helen) Thi Mong Tran was extradited to the U.S. to stand trial on money laundering and conspiracy to import narcotics. The investigation leading to the charges were initiated in late 2006 after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) received information about a major international money laundering ring based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with associated individuals throughout the United States including Houston and was dubbed “Operation Tien Can”. (4)
On February 20, 2012, Tran plead guilty to conspiracy to import narcotics and to money laundering the proceeds of crime ($54.7 million USD) and received a sentence of 260 months in U.S. Federal prison.
On December 18, 2012, Huyen (Helen) Thi Mong Tran BOP Register Number 60455-112 was successfully treaty transferred back to Canada. (5)