Burnaby man arrested in shut-down of dial-a-dope operation

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A Burnaby man is among four people arrested in connection with a dial-a-dope operation, say Langley RCMP.

The investigation against the organized crime group started in 2012. Police allege the group was trafficking crack, powder cocaine and heroin in Langley and was so busy with its first dial-a-dope phone line, a second number was started up.

The group's activities were monitored for nearly a year while drug squad officers identified suspects and their roles in the operation.

The drugs were kept in rented "stash houses" throughout the Lower Mainland which police allege were used for cooking crack, packaging of drugs and counting and processing money. Five such houses were used within a one-year period.

On four separate occasions drugs were seized by police, including nearly 600 grams of crack cocaine, 100 grams of powder cocaine, and 230 grams of heroin.  Just over $8,000 in cash was seized for a total value of cash and drugs of over $140,000.  Four vehicles were also seized with two already referred to the Civil Forfeiture process, and police seeking criminal forfeiture for a third. The fourth vehicle was returned to the leasing company.

Four people were arrested on June 26, including Mikhail Marinov, 30, of Burnaby.  Both he and Ruslan Makhmudov, 38, possibly of Richmond, were charged with one count each of instructing an offence-trafficking in cocaine and heroine for the benefit of a criminal organization, and conspiracy to traffic cocaine and heroin.

Two Langley residents, Tyson Tull, 39, and Ashley Smits, 20, are each charged with one count of committing and offence-trafficking cocaine and heroin for the benefit of a criminal organization and conspiracy to traffic cocaine and heroin.

Tull faces an additional two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. Smits is also charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking.

Marinov and Makhmudov were remanded in custody for a bail hearing on July 10 at Surrey Provincial Courthouse. Tull and Smits were both released on bail and are to next appear in court on July 22.

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