Drug sting snares UN gang co-founder
A former Kelowna resident credited with co-founding the infamous United Nations gang, pleaded guilty to a trafficking charge Wednesday.
Douglas Edward Vanalstine, 52, of Kelowna, along with Abbotsford resident Daryl Robert Johnson, 33, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to trafficking cocaine in B.C. Supreme Court Wednesday.
Charges against a third alleged UN Gang member, Nicholas Christopher Wester of Abbotsford, were dropped as part of a plea bargain.
The three were among five arrested in Abbotsford in November 2009 following an undercover operation, known as Project E-Pintle, that was headed by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.
Also arrested that day were Red Scorpions member Jarrod Bacon and associate Wayne Scott, who both went on trial for conspiracy to traffic cocaine and were found guilty in February of this year.
Bacon received a 12-year sentence, which the Crown is appealing, seeking a longer term.
Scott's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 19 in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.
CFSEU Chief Officer Dan Malo said that during the course of the investigation, Vanalstine and Johnson met with a police agent on several occasions to facilitate the purchase of 100 kg of cocaine from Mexico.
The pair provided a $100,000 down payment and took delivery of 100 kg of placebo cocaine.
Their sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 5.
Vanalstine is believed to have co-founded the UN gang along with Clay Roueche, who's currently serving a 30 year prison sentence in the United States for drug charges. He was arrested in the U.S. in May 2008.