On December 18, 2008, Ravi Shanker, 46, a Canadian citizen of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, along with Varinder Sahota, 48, of Caledon, Narinder “Ladi” Singh, 43, also of Brampton, and Thi Mong Huyen Tran, 45 of Montreal were arrested by the Greater Toronto Area Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) and RCMP. (1)
The arrests were based on Extradition Act warrants as a result of a lengthy international criminal investigation that lead to drug related charges laid by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Los Angeles, California. (2)
CFSEU 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 December 13, 2010, Shanker was extradited to the U.S. to stand trial and on March 17, 2011 he plead guilty to conspiracy to import narcotics into the U.S. and received a sentence of 252 months in Federal prison.
On January 13, 2012, Ravi Shanker BOP Register Number 57920-112 was successfully treaty transferred back to Canada. (4)