Two of three United Nations Gang members arrested in Abbotsford as part of a 2009 undercover operation in the city have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic cocaine.
Daryl Robert Johnson, 33, of Abbotsford and Douglas Edward Vanalstine, 52, of Kelowna entered guilty pleas Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.
A charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking was stayed against each of them.
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 (CFSEU) of B.C.
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.
Vanalstine was considered a co-founder of the UN Gang along with Clay Roueche, the former leader currently serving a 30-year jail term in the U.S. on drug and money laundering charges.
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.