Former Hells Angel loses appeal of extradition ruling

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A former Hells Angel has lost his appeal of a 2020 BC Supreme Court ruling that said he should be handed over to the Americans for prosecution in a drug trafficking case.

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BC’s highest court released a statement this week saying that it had dismissed the appeal of David James Oliynyk, a one-time sergeant-at-arms of the Hells Angels White Rock chapter.

The Appeal Court’s statement also said that “the full reasons for judgment and the record of proceedings in this court and in the Supreme Court of British Columbia are subject to sealing orders necessary to protect privileges and confidential information.”

A redacted ruling is expected to be released later.

Two years ago, the 71-year-old was ordered committed to the US to face trial as the alleged leader of a conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into Canada.

The Americans began investigating Oliynyk after the arrest of an associate in the US “for involvement in a conspiracy to move cocaine from California to Vancouver,” according to a 2019 bail ruling in the case.

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That man agreed to be a confidential witness. He told US agents that he had been smuggling drugs on behalf of Oliynyk’s brother-in-law.

“The confidential witness said that shortly before his arrest, he met with Mr. Oliynyk at a gas station in Abbotsford and Mr. Oliynyk provided him with contact information for persons in the USA from whom the confidential witness was supposed to pick up drugs for transport. into Canada,” the bail ruling said.

“With the knowledge of Homeland Security, the confidential witness subsequently conversed on a regular basis with Mr. Oliynyk and through that interaction, is said to have arranged a number of drug transactions.”

An American undercover agent posed as a member of the drug organization and retrieved cocaine and heroin in Washington state from the two Canadian transporters.

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Oliynyk has previous trafficking convictions on both sides of the border.

In 1989, he was sentenced to 10 years in Washington state after he was caught south of the border trying to buy 13 kilograms of cocaine.

Just two years after that sentence was done, he was arrested again as the leader of a conspiracy to import and traffic cocaine. In 2006, he was handed another 18 years in prison after a BC judge found him to be “primarily in charge” of the scheme to bring 32 kilos of cocaine across the border.

While on parole in 2014, Oliynyk was picked up a third time on the current charge — this time by Vancouver police who were aiding the investigation by US Homeland Security.

Two co-accused on the latest charges — Wayne Hollaus and Gurpreet Sandhu — are fighting their extradition to the US

Three other Canadians charged in the same case — Nikolai Terletsky, William Carruthers and Charles Pak — have already been convicted and sentenced.

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