A man who was on a list of Americas Most Wanted, was arrested last week by bicycle patrollers during a simple check on a Montreal bicycle path.
Katay-Khaophone Sychanta, 35, was wanted from across North America for several drug trafficking offenses. He could now be extradited to the United States.
Last Wednesday, on August 23rd, police officers from the Neighborhood Post (PDQ) patrolled on a bicycle path in the Saint-Laurent area near the Bois-Franc train station when they spotted two individuals in possession of drugs . As they approached them to arrest them, one of the suspects tried to flee the police.
“One of the officers rushes behind him. After a short pursuit on foot, he catches up and arrests him, reported the Police Department of the City of Montreal in a statement. The suspect identifies with an American ID card, but the two policemen have doubts about his story and decide to carry out their checks further. ”
It was ultimately a fingerprint taken at the police station, which revealed the true identity of the suspect who used a counterfeit ID.
Arrested for the first time in 2005 for his involvement in an illegal drug trafficking organization, he escaped and resumed his illegal activities in the Windsor region of Ontario, according to information posted by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. In 2013, he faced new charges in Michigan linked to drug trafficking. Once again, he had escaped justice and, according to the American authorities, could hide in Canada, the United States, Mexico or even Asia.
“He was subject to a Canada-wide arrest warrant and was wanted by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for several Criminal Code offenses related to drug trafficking. The man was also on the list of ten most wanted criminals by the US Department of Homeland Security (Homeland Security Investigations), again for crimes related to drug trafficking, The SPVM said.
Sychanta appeared at the Montreal courthouse the day after his arrest and was charged with possession of narcotics, obstructing police work and using counterfeit documents. It will be handed over to the Ontario police force shortly and may face extradition and be tried in the United States.
The SPVM asks that anyone with information on this case contact Info-Crime Montréal at 514 393-1133 or online ( https://www.infocrimemontreal.ca/ ). The information will be treated anonymously and confidentially.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.