Top B.C. gang leader arrested in Texas sting
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
One of British Columbia's Top Gang Leader "Clayton Roueche" of the United Nations gang, is enjoying US hospitality this evening, and if I know US hospitality, this Gang Leader maybe enjoying US hospitality many lifetimes over. The United Nations Gang prominent in the BC Drug Trade and noted for gangland violence is comprised as it's name say, a rag tag group of criminals of every ethnic makeup, a real diversity of criminal characters.
Why this Gang leader chose to go the States, which also have been following the UN Gangs activities is anyones guess. Regardless he was captured in a Texas Sting by law enforcement and enroute to Seattle where he will stand trial and may face up to 220 years in jail.
Thank Christ the United States Justice System got to him first. Just imagine if British Columbia Justice system ever got him in front of a British Columbia Judge.
We all know what would happen next, a stern finger lashing a modest fine, a weekend in jail and the free on bail until his trial, and perhaps in a year or two of lawyers fighting for his case to every last cent he has. it would eventually go to trial. By then Roueche would have seen all the Simpsons Cartoon and Family Guy Reruns, and most likely the courts would hand him probation as they would tack on triple credits for time served at home as we know he would make bail or some other such nonsense, and at worst a halfway house and probation.
Think I am kidding? Remember this is BC who brought you Mass murders who are allowed to have My Space Pages in order to reach out and terrorise someone.
Check it out for yourself on similar crime cases where criminals are walking our streets.
The internet is your resource, use it.
We're not the "Super Duper Super Criminal Underworld of the World". We couldn't get that Honour with people like Rouche and credit must also go to our elected provincial government representatives who must be peeking out of their curtains at home knowing, we know, they were ultimately responsible for this "Title" and did nothing to stop it!
The leader of a powerful British Columbia gang has been arrested in Texas, CTV News has learned.
Clayton Roueche, who heads up the United Nations gang, was picked up on May 19, according to documents filed in the United District Court in Fort Worth.
He has been charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine, conspiracy to import marijuana, and conspiracy to engage in money laundering.
The man's arrest and pending transfer to Washington State, where the crimes were allegedly committed, could create a vacuum at the top the United Nations, which police say has grown to become a formidable rival to the Hells Angels in B.C.
Roueche and his gang have become so powerful, they were being watched by authorities in Canada and the U.S., a move that led to his arrest on Monday.
"These groups are developed as a shelter for the drug trade, so they can say 'I'm a member of the UN gang so you should fear me or be intimidated',"said Supt.John Robin, of the RCMP's Integrated Gang Task Force.
Court documents indicate that Roueche will be flown back to Seattle where he has been indicted for conspiracy to distribute and export cocaine, conspiracy to import marijuana and conspiracy to engage in money laundering.
Details of this investigation are just coming to light. But CTV News has learned that Roueche's arrest is part of an international police operation.
Police say as far at the illegal drug trade goes in B.C.'s Lower Mainland, the UN gang is in control.
Police say the UN is now more powerful than the Hells Angels and even feared by senior members of the infamous biker gang.
Investigators believe the UN is responsible for many of the shootings in the Lower Mainland. Yet there have been few arrests.
"They are well aware how we do business, they are well aware of how we follow people, how we intercept their communication,'' Robin said
If Roueche is found guilty, and given maximum penalty, he could be sentenced to up to 220 years in jail and be handed $8 million in fines.
Roueche's lawyer Mathew Nathanson did not return calls to CTV.
With a report by CTV British Columbia's Lisa Rossington