Chief Constable Jim Cessford
4455 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, BC V4K 3E1
ph: (604) 946-4411 fax: (604) 946-3729
January 30, 2004 2:00 p.m.
For Immediate Release and Distribution
Police Pleased with Verdict on the Rick Mandi Trial
Incident: Assault, extortion, kidnapping firearms offences
Date/Time: 2001 11 29
Location: 6600 Ladner Trunk Road Delta
Brief: Rick Mandi a "prospect" of the Hells Angels Motorcycle gang was investigated and subsequently charged with numerous offences. The majority of the offences occurred in the Delta area on November 29 2001 and includes extortion, kidnapping, assault causing bodily harm and firearms related offences.
This complex and lengthy investigation which demanded significant resources and assistance from several policing agencies resulted in the conviction of Rick Mandi January 30 2004.
The Delta Police are pleased with the outcome of this trial and believe this sends a clear message that we will pursue organized crime activities and those involved in such groups.
Chief Constable Cessford is pleased with the verdict stating that, "While the Delta Police Department was the lead agency in this investigation the assistance our officers received from our partner agencies was critical to its success. I would like to express my appreciation in particular to the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia, RCMP Detachments and Specialized units from "E" Division RCMP HQ, New West Police Service and Vancouver Police Department.
I am proud of the work of our officers and believe that we have sent a clear message to organized crime groups that we will pursue them through investigation and bring them before the courts".
These cases are particularly difficult to prosecute and police believe that the professionalism and diligence of the Crown Counsel Prosecution team was key to securing these convictions.
Mandi has been held in custody until sentencing on February 24 2004.
There is still anther accused awaiting trial associated to this investigation. That trial is set to start in the fall 2004.
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Cst. Sharlene Brooks ph: (604) 940-5016