Former B.C. gangster arrested for drug operation in India

Jimi Sandhu, deported in 2016, accused of owning drug-manufacturing facility

Jimi Sandhu

A former Abbotsford man who was previously identified as the leader of a local gang has been arrested for allegedly running a drug operation in India, according to online media reports from that nation.

Jimi Sandhu, 28, was the alleged factory owner and one of the key players involved in the manufacturing of the drug ketamine, as well as hash, cocaine and opium, according to the Hindustan Times and The Times of India.

The reports indicate that Sandhu was arrested last Friday in Delhi and is the owner of Vijay Industries in Goa, India.

A press release from the investigating agency, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), stated that the DRI dismantled four manufacturing facilities that were controlled by an international drug syndicate with close ties to southeast Asia and Canada.

The agency seized 308 kilograms of ketamine, 1.5 kg of opium, 7.8 kg of hash and 2,000 kg of raw material.

Sandhu was the 11th person arrested in connection to the case.

Sandhu, who moved to Canada from India at the age of seven, has been living in India since being deported in early 2016 due to his criminal history.

He is one of three people who were the subject of a public warning by the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) in 2015.

The APD said at the time that Sandhu, along with Sandeep Sidhu and Gavin Grewal, posed a “significant harm to the safety of the community and anyone who may associate with them.”

The three men were described as having “a criminal lifestyle that includes violence, drugs and weapons.”

Grewal – who was gunned down last December in a North Vancouver apartment – was identified by Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich, in an interview with the Abbotsford News, as the leader of one of two rival gangs in the community.

Sandhu and Sidhu were identified by Rich as the leaders of the other gang.

Sandhu has two criminal convictions – for assault with a weapon and possession of an unauthorized prohibited or restricted weapon.

According to court documents, the convictions were related to Sandhu beating a man with a brick outside of a pub and later using brass knuckles to threaten someone he believed had stolen money from him.

Sandhu was charged in 2014 with second-degree murder in the killing of Red Scorpions gangster Matt Campbell, who staggered into a Fraser Valley Auto Mall business bleeding profusely from a stab wound to his neck.

But charges were later dropped against Sandhu, due to what Crown said was an unlikelihood of conviction.

According to court documents related to his 2015 deportation hearing, Sandhu argued that he should be permitted to remain in Canada because he had changed his life and had moved to a different province away from negative influences.

He said he was in a stable marriage, had stopped drinking, was attending AA meetings, and was gainfully employed.

However, the judge ruled that Sandhu should be deported because it had not been established in court that Sandhu was involved in any “regulated, ongoing program” that was “likely to generate positive rehabilitative outcomes.”

 

Police were at the Fraser Valley Auto Mall in January 2014 to investigate the murder of Matt Campbell. Jimi Sandhu was charged with the killing, but charges were later dropped. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Just Posted

Bella Coola RCMP appeal for public’s help in wake of suspicious fires

Four suspicious fires in the span of four months prompted local RCMP to bring in fire specialist

UBCM passes historic resolution brought forth by CCRD

If the resolution is successfully realized, it will mean groundbreaking change for local governments

Municipal spending outpaces population growth 4-fold in B.C.: report

Canadian Federation of Independent Business has released its annual operational spending report

Series of suspicious fires prompt Bella Coola RCMP to bring in special investigator

Police investigate four fires set between June and Sept. in 4-Mile

B.C. parents leery of HPV cervical cancer vaccine

Provincial registration uptake among lowest in Canada

U.S. congressman issues dire warning to Canada’s NAFTA team: time is running out

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to resume talks with the U.S.

B.C. marijuana workers may face U.S. border scrutiny

Cannabis still illegal federally south of the border

New political party holds an informational session in Vernon

Maxime Bernier’s The People’s Party of Canada draws about 2o interested patrons to Vernon pub.

B.C. MLAs reminded of rural school struggles

Finance committee hears of falling enrolment, staff shortages

B.C. VIEWS: ’Not photo radar’ coming soon to high-crash areas

ICBC deficit now largely due to reckless and distracted driving

Researchers tag great white shark in Atlantic Canada

Information will be used to learn more about where white sharks move in Canadian waters

Mix-up of bodies leads to funeral home reforms in Nova Scotia

One woman was was mistakenly cremated, another was embalmed and presented to family members during a visitation that went horribly wrong

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Cyclists finish North America trip to highlight Ukraine struggle

The 10,000 bike ride raised over $10,000 for victims of the war in Ukraine.

Most Read