I was tipped to this interesting story late Wednesday and spent a day and a half tracking it down before finding the U.S. charging documents early Friday morning.
Vancouver encryption company, Phantom Secure, owned by Vincent Ramos, has been aiding international drug traffickers for years, including the notorious Sinaloa cartel headed by El Chapo, the U.S. says.
Ramos is now in jail south of the border facing a series of charges. His home and business was raided here Wednesday, though the RCMP wouldn’t say more about the investigation.
I have just learned tonight that Phantom Secure, which has 20,000 encrypted phones distributed around the world, closed its servers about noon today and clients can no longer message each other.
If anyone has more information on Ramos or a photo, can you please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at: 604-219-5740
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa cartel, is in jail in the U.S. awaiting trial
Here’s my story:
Owner of Vancouver encryption company trafficked drugs, aided cartel, U.S. says
The owner of a Vancouver company that sells encrypted BlackBerrys popular with B.C. gangsters is facing charges in the U.S. of racketeering, conspiracy and drug trafficking.
Vincent Ramos, who started Phantom Secure in 2008, is even alleged in U.S. court documents to have sold his specialized devices to “some members of the (Mexican) Sinaloa (drug) cartel.”
Ramos, 41, was arrested in the U.S. on Wednesday, as police in Metro Vancouver raided his business and home.
U.S. court documents obtained by Postmedia allege he set up his company a decade ago specifically to help international drug trafficking organizations evade police and now has more than 20,000 of his encrypted devices circulating around the world.
“According to law enforcement sources in Australia, Canada and the United States, Phantom Secure devices are used by the upper echelon of various …read more
Source:: Vancouver Sun