A Kelowna resident has confessed guilty to a number of drug-related crimes. He is indicted on charges of fentanyl and carfentanil trafficking along with his beloved. As the saying goes: stick to each other while going through thick and thin; that is what a true relationship implies. Are you interested in learning the whole love and criminal affair details and the outcomes? Find them out hereunder.
The Kelowna couple stored fentanyl and carfentanil for the purpose of the drugs further selling through the Dark Web, also called the darknet. The latter is a sector of the Internet that is not available for ordinary users unless they use special software. The darknet websites are well recognizable by their specific top-level domain. Such markets are often used by criminals to distribute controlled products.
The police announced the detected crime to be “one of the most sophisticated” drug-related criminal enterprises Canada has ever uncovered. Such comparison was provided by Alex Lynch, the Kelowna RCMP representative.
In September 2006, the police initiated the E-Neophile Project. Its necessity had been caused by a suspicious online activity on the darknet. The suspects turned out to be a man, aged 35, and a woman, aged 28, both from Kelowna. The lovers were detected in a hidden marketplace service usage with the purpose of selling drugs via the dark web so that to distribute a large run of imported controlled substances, that is drugs and chemicals the production, possession, or application of which is strictly regulated by the government.
It was revealed that the couple intended to mail the packages with drugs to a wide range of cities all over the North America. This was informed by the RCMP in their press release.
The first plausible outcomes of the investigation, resulting in 11-month drug distribution tracking on the Darknet, were achieved in August 2017. This is the time when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police conducted a raid on the Black Mountain Home and the Duke & Duchess, a clothing store located in downtown Kelowna.
The amount of 120 grams of anticipated fentanyl or carfentanil, together with cash and other specified substances, the nature of which has not been identified yet, was seized during the raid. Totally, there were 25 packages full of anticipated drugs seized that day. In addition, the police detected two unsecured firearms. $68,000 USD is the amount the couple kept in BTC, the cryptocurrency that is often used in illegal purchasing. The drugs had been supposed to be conveyed not only within America, but also to a number of Canadian, American, European and Australian cities. There details were revealed to the public by the police only two months after the raid.
Despite the fact that this case of fentanyl/carfentanil trafficking is regarded by Canadian police to be one of the most difficult to uncover up to now, no one was brought an accusation against. It was not until a year-long period after the raid when the police laid an accusation against two people in charge. Their names are already open to the public – James Nelson and Cassie Bonthoux. These are the two, detected in the illegal distribution of drugs through the hidden services available on the dark web, who “go through thick and thin” together. They are under interrogation at the present time.
Bonthoux is known to be the owner of the Duke & Duchess at the time of the raid, but its work had to be ceased. It is closed up to date.
Nelson and Bonthoux were indicted in committing different crimes related to trafficking, importing and exporting of specified substances, and firearms offenses.
Though 14 independent charges had been initially brought, due to the plea deal, the Crown withdrew 8 of them last summer. Thus, Nelson and Bonthoux had only 6 charges against them stayed. Nelson confessed his guilt in fentanyl trafficking and possession in furtherance of carfentanil trafficking. He pleaded guilty last February.
The plea deal implies that the Crown is expected to stay Nelson’s remaining charges on the instant the imposition of a sentence is carried out. Bonthoux’s case is supposed to be brought before the court with the remaining charges. Her next hearing in the court is known to be scheduled on May 19.
The court session in Nelson’s case was arranged to take place this week in Kelowna. The hearing was expected to last for two days before rendering a judicial decision. Taking into consideration all the limitations caused by the COVID-19 virus, the court has postponed the hearing. A new judicial sitting date for Nelson’s case will be decided upon on Friday.
In fact, Nelson and Bonthoux are not detained. They will remain out of custody until the sentencing is complete.