Four men charged in complex drug investigation

B.C., Federal Serious and Organized Crime

2021-04-20 10:00 PDT

File # 2015-3518

Surrey – A lengthy, complex investigation lead by Kelowna BC RCMP Federal Policing has resulted in a variety of drug trafficking and/or conspiracy charges against four men.

In March of 2018, BC RCMP Federal Serious & Organized Crime investigators executed numerous search warrants throughout the Lower Mainland in connection to a complex, high-level MDMA (Ecstacy) trafficking and cocaine importation investigation. The investigation yielded the seizure of 12 kilograms of MDMA and $380,000 in cash, the latter of which was allegedly to be used as a down payment for 18 kilograms of cocaine to be imported into Canada. The investigation utilized in excess of 200 investigators, several RCMP units and US partner agencies.

Large bundles of cash and drugs in an insulated bag

Large bundles of cash in vacuum-sealed bags

This investigation is a great example of the work our members do to stem the flow of illicit drugs at home, and abroad, said Supt. Richard Bergevin, Officer in Charge of BC RCMP Federal Serious & Organized Crime - Major Projects.

Lower Mainland residents Martino Calabretti, Daniel Alexander, and Zlatko Gavric face charges of Conspiracy to import cocaine. Calabretti and Vincenzo Sansalone also face charges of Trafficking in MDMA and MDA (synthetic amphetamine). Calabretti is facing two additional counts of Trafficking in MDMA. All four men are scheduled to appear in Court on April 20, 2021.

Released by

Sgt. Kris Clark

Media Relations Officer
Federal Serious & Organized Crime (FSOC)
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, B.C. V3T 6P3
Office: 778-290-3961
Fax: 778-290-6092


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