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Police Joint Venture Smashes Drug Cell – City Council Candidate Nabbed in Police Sting

RCMP Supt Len Del Pino & WPS Supt Danny Smyth hold press conference (Photo JGJ)
RCMP Supt Len Del Pino & WPS Supt Danny Smyth hold press conference (Photo JGJ)

RCMP and Winnipeg Police brass held a press conference today releasing results of a fifteen (15) month covert operation dubbed Project Distress.

Over the course of the investigation several search warrants were executed and charges have been laid against fourteen (14) individuals.

One of those individuals was a former Winnipeg City Council prospect who campaigned in #wpg14.

Raymond Paul Ulasy (50) years of Winnipeg, who campaigned in the Transcona ward, has been charged with Firearms Trafficking x 2, a crime that comes with a mandatory minimum three (3) year sentence.

The investigation was coordinated by the Manitoba Integrated Organized Crime Task Force (MIOCTF) comprised of Winnipeg Police Service, RCMP and Brandon Police Service investigators.

The project targeted high-level drug trafficking and organized crime activities in the province of Manitoba, with connections to Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

On December 10, 2014, MIOCTF, along with assistance from more than 200 police officers from the RCMP (Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia), WPS, BPS, Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) in Edmonton, Peel Regional Police Service, and CBSA agents began making several arrests as part of the operation.

The suspects collared in the investigation face variety of charges associated to drug trafficking, proceeds of crime and weapons offences.

The investigation was initiated in October 2013 and focused on high-level members of drug trafficking cells in the province of Manitoba.

During the investigation, police made several seizures that included;

  • six (6) kilograms of cocaine
  • eight (8) kilograms of methamphetamine
  • quantities ofdilaudid, steroids,oxycodone,percocet, and cannabis marihuana

    MIOCTF seizures (Photo JGJ)
    MIOCTF seizures (Photo JGJ)

In addition, over $70,000 in cash, three (3) handguns, seventeen (17) long barrelled guns, and ammunition were also seized.

Two suspects remain at large.

Police indicate the investigation involved the use of judicially authorized wiretaps to allow for the interception of private communications of several people throughout Canada.

More than 80,000 private communications were intercepted during the course of the investigation.

All arrested persons have been remanded in custody pending their first court appearance.

RCMP Superintendent Len Del Pino stressed that people who traffic in illicit drugs destroy lives, homes and communities.

He further stressed police forces in Manitoba remain fully committed to enforcing laws against illicit drugs to their fullest extent.

The mandate of the MIOCTF unit is to disrupt and dismantle organized crime in the province of Manitoba.

INSIDER COMMENTARY:

This is not the first rodeo for certain players snagged in the MIOCTF web.

Several of the arrestees have long and storied histories with the Winnipeg Police Service.  Unfortunately, as shown by the sizeable cash and drug seizures, illicit drug trafficking in the Province of Manitoba continues to be an extremely lucrative business.

Until Canadian Justice finds a way to impose meaningful deterrents the reward will likely continue to outstrip the risk.

It’s called the revolving doors of justice.

Police investigate, arrest and detain the same players over and over while the justice system and courts continue to play to the rights and needs of the offenders.

These are not victimless crimes.

Drug addiction fuels the majority of crime in the YWG.

Addiction keeps the boosters (shoplifters), chronic B & E offenders, robbery offenders, sex trade workers, young offenders and gang bangers doing what they do.

The Ulasy Connection

Ray Ulasy (FB)
Ray Ulasy (FB)

I’ve known Ray Ulasy for over three decades.

Long before I worked for the WPS I was employed by JM Schneider filling orders, working in the freezer and humping sides of beef on my back.

Ray Ulasy was hired as an order filler and worked the loading dock.

Ray was a charismatic, likeable guy with a good sense of humour and a penchant for partying.

We didn’t really hang around much.  I was five years older than Ray, married and was long over the party scene.

About a year or so ago Ray sent me a friend request on Facebook and we reconnected.  I was happy to hear from him and was pleased he was taking a run at Wyatt’s job on City Council.

Now this.

If you creep Ray’s FB page you will see he’s an avid hunter and firearms enthusiast.

How is it he got himself caught in the MIOCTF web?

Although the Police never clarified, many suspect the investigation centered on a paid agent who purchased narcotics and firearms from the suspects charged in the investigation.

It seems Ulasy may have fallen into the trap.

Sometimes it comes down to bad associations and a lack of discretion.

Trafficking firearms to members of Organized Crime is a serious offence that must come with consequences.

The guns that fall into the hands of these criminals are often used in cold-blooded murders.  That’s why these crimes come with mandatory minimum sentences.

The sordid details will eventually be known when the defendants proceed through the court process.

These cases are often built on extremely strong foundations complete with overwhelming audio and video evidence.

It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

The Players

On December 10, 2014, investigators executed five residential search warrants in Winnipeg, one in the RM of MacDonald, Manitoba, and one in Port Coquitlam, BC.

Arrest warrants were executed on the following persons for the following offences:

Jared Romeo DEVLOO (35) RM of MacDonald

  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
  • Trafficking Cocaine

Jason Morris ONG (28) of Winnipeg

  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
  • Trafficking Cocaine X 3
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime X 3

Ryan Christopher MARTINEZ (24) of Winnipeg

  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
  • Trafficking Cocaine X 2
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime X 2

Marlon DELIM (35)

  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
  • Trafficking Cocaine
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime

Michael HIDALGO (32) of Winnipeg

  • Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  • Conspiracy to Possess Proceeds of Crime
  • Trafficking in Methamphetamine X 5
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime X 5

Reighner DELACRUZ (25) of Winnipeg

  • Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  • Conspiracy to Possess Proceeds of Crime
  • Trafficking Methamphetamine X 5
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime X 6
  • Possess Cocaine for Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of Methamphetamine for Purpose of Trafficking

Kara Lynn PERALTA (22) of Winnipeg

  • Possession of Cocaine for Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime

Randy BALDOVI (31) of Port Coquitlam, BC

  • Trafficking in Methamphetamine
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime

*former resident of Winnipeg

Michael Tuan Van NGUYEN (25) of Mississauga, ON

  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
  • Trafficking Cocaine
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime

*former resident of Calgary

Alexey SHUSTER (27) of Edmonton, AB

  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
  • Trafficking Cocaine
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime

Raymond Paul ULASY (50) of Winnipeg

  • Firearms Trafficking X 2

Darren Raymond COLOMY (40) of Winnipeg

  • Trafficking in Steroids
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime

Police indicate the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests and charges may be contemplated.

The following suspects remain at large:

Sean Frederick Demchuk
Sean Frederick Demchuk

Sean Frederick DEMCHUK (31) of Winnipeg

  • Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine
  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime X 2
Christopher Houston Gordon
Christopher Houston Gordon

Christopher Houston GORDON (30) of Winnipeg

  • Trafficking Cocaine X 3
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime X 3

PHOTO GALLERY:

To view photo gallery of seizures please go to The Police Insider’s Facebook page.

2 Comments

  1. Glenn,

    I believe most of the charges were dealt with via way of plea bargain…

  2. Whatever happened to this case? Was there a trial?

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