POLITICS

Vancouver Mayor's Former Foster Son Charged

12/29/2011 08:20 EST | Updated 02/28/2012 05:12 EST
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Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has urged his former foster son to give himself up to police after a warrant was issued for the 21-year-old's arrest on cocaine trafficking and weapons charges.

Jinagh Farrouch Navas-Rivas is one of five men charged in connection with alleged incidents in November and December. Only one of the men is in custody.

"I am disappointed to hear that Jinagh is wanted by the Richmond RCMP and I urge him to turn himself in to the police immediately," Robertson said in a release late Thursday.

Navas-Rivas lived with Robertson and his wife Amy between 2007 and 2009. The couple has three other children.

"My wife and I foster parented Jinagh for two years until 2009. We have always believed that providing support to youth in need is of great importance and that fostering is an important contribution our family can make.

"It was in this spirit that we took in Jinagh to live with us. He has been on his own now since June 2009."

Robertson is vacationing with his family in Hawaii and is not expected to return until next week.

The charges allege Navas-Rivas, along with four other men, trafficked cocaine in Richmond and Vancouver and illegally transferred a .22-calibre pistol in New Westminster.