Canadian charged with drug trafficking who allegedly shipped millions of methamphetamine and cocaine to major platforms | USAO-CDCA
LOS ANGELES – An investigation into an international drug trafficking organization has resulted in the arrest of a Canadian who allegedly orchestrated the shipment of narcotics from the Los Angeles area to Canada and is directly linked in court documents to the seizure over 1,000 pounds of methamphetamine and 333 kilograms of cocaine, the Department of Justice announced today.
Sam Nang Bou, 40, of Edmonton, Canada, was arrested Thursday evening by the FBI. Bou made his first court appearance on Friday afternoon and was held without bond.
A criminal complaint filed Friday in federal court alleges that for the past year, Bou traveled to Southern California to personally manage the delivery of large shipments of drugs to long-haul tractor-trailer drivers. couriers.
The criminal complaint specifically charges Bou with distributing cocaine in connection with a 105-kilogram shipment of cocaine that was delivered to a semi-truck in Hesperia on June 28 and later seized by law enforcement in Arizona. This cocaine trafficking offense carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment in federal prison.
The affidavit in support of the complaint describes a series of subsequent deliveries and seizures, most of which begin with Bou leaving one of the Alhambra’s two “hiding places”. Bou traveled to various locations in Southern California, where he delivered boxes and duffel bags filled with narcotics that were loaded into the passenger compartments of semi-trucks, according to the affidavit.
The complaint alleges that Bou made a total of eight deliveries of narcotics to tractor-trailer drivers, including a 500-pound shipment of methamphetamine that was seized on August 23. Additionally, concurrent with Bou’s arrest, law enforcement conducted multiple searches and recovered 48 kilograms of suspected cocaine inside two sophisticated hidden compartments in a van that Bou had recently locked away in a storage facility. in Pasadena.
Following seizures over the past year – a total of 1,008 pounds of methamphetamine and 333 kilograms of cocaine – the affidavit estimates that “Bou distributed drugs worth at least $9.8 million dollars in Los Angeles, and probably several times that amount”. amount if exported and resold in Canada.
A criminal complaint contains allegations that an accused has committed a crime. All accused are presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond reasonable doubt.
Bou is due in court on September 22.
The FBI and the Los Angeles HIDTA task force are investigating Bou and his alleged associates. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Los Angeles Violent Transnational Organized Crime Task Force, Metropolitan Las Vegas Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Barstow Police Department, Los Angeles Area General Narcotics Team Mohave and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office provided assistance in the matter.
The case against Bou is part of an investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OECDTF). The OECDTF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, multi-agency approach focused on intelligence, which leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement against criminal networks
Assistant United States Attorney Brittney M. Harris of the International Narcotics, Money Laundering and Racketeering Section is prosecuting the case.