ALERT Edmonton’s organized crime and gang team have laid a total of 30 criminal charges against five suspects, with the most recent arrest taking place on January 4, 2023. Meanwhile, ALERT is seeking information on the whereabouts of David Nguyen who is believed to have fled the country.
The five suspects are charged with drug and firearm offences, and for being members of, and committing crime on behalf of, a criminal organization. These charges are in relation to a November 2021 drugs and firearms seizure that took place in Edmonton, and had connections to Red Deer and Grande Prairie.
The five accused are:
- Zachary Edwards-Swanson, 22 years old from Grande Prairie;
- Keegan Johnson-Thomas, 31 years old from Edmonton;
- David Nguyen, 31 years old from Edmonton;
- Michael Suksawat, 27 years old from Surrey; and
- Jason Suriyavong, 30 years old from Surrey.
One of the charges against Suriyavong is recruitment of members by a criminal organization, which is rarely laid in Canada. Suriyavong allegedly recruited people from B.C.’s lower mainland to traffic drugs in Alberta.
Organized crime charges are laid when it is established that three or more people are engaged in criminal activity for financial benefit. Participation in a criminal organization is punishable with a penalty of up to 14 years in jail.
The drug seizure was valued at over $1,000,000 and included more than 8.5 kilograms of methamphetamine and nearly two kilograms of fentanyl powder.
Anyone with information on this investigation can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.
Information provided by ALERT Edmonton