REAL SCOOP: Phantom phone seizure led to smuggler’s arrest

When I was reading through the U.S. court documents about the arrest of Phantom Secure owner Vincent Ramos, I noticed a mention of an arrest of another Metro Vancouver man last June.

That man, Saysana Luangphamdeng came after FBI agents seized a Phantom Secure phone south of the border and made contact with someone listed in the phone as “The Goat.”

There weren’t many details about Luangphamdeng’s case, so I started doing some additional research and found that he has already pleaded guilty and is slated to be sentenced in May. Just like Ramos, he appears to have no prior charges or convictions in B.C.

Here’s my story:

B.C. drug smuggler caught after Phantom Secure phone seized

When undercover FBI agents seized an encrypted BlackBerry from Vancouver company Phantom Secure last June, they decided to message one of the contacts on the device.

The mysterious figure — “a known drug trafficker located in Canada” — was identified only as The Goat.

Agents learned details of a clandestine drug shipment planned from B.C. to Washington State, according to U.S. court documents laying out charges against Phantom Secure’s Vancouver-based owner Vincent Ramos.

“This operation ultimately led to the arrest of Saysana Luangkhamdeng as he attempted to smuggle MDMA into the United States,” the documents said.

Ramos, 40, was arrested last week on charges of racketeering and drug trafficking for allegedly aiding international organized crime groups, including the deadly Mexican Sinaloa cartel. He is expected to go to trial in San Diego.

Records from Luangkhamdeng’s Seattle prosecution lay out more details of what happened when he crossed the border into Blaine on June 10, 2017, about 11:30 a.m.

The Langley man, who is 41, was driving a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe and wearing a Blue Jays jersey. He told a border guard that he and his passenger, another Canadian identified only …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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