07/31/2013 06:28 EDT | Updated 09/30/2013 05:12 EDT

Cong Dinh Arrest Warrant Issued For Burnaby Money-Laundering Suspect

VANCOUVER - The RCMP says it has issued a warrant for a 26-year-old Burnaby, B.C., man who is wanted on money-laundering-related charges in Canada but who may have already fled to Vietnam.

Cong Dinh has been charged with laundering the proceeds of crime and possession of the proceeds of crime.

The charges stem from an investigation by the RCMP, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service into allegations a Vietnamese organized-crime group laundered about $2.7 million made through the trafficking of cocaine and ecstasy.

The RCMP says the group allegedly moved ecstasy south to the U.S. and cocaine north to Canada and was affiliated with groups in Mexico, Australia and Vietnam.

Police say they secured evidence during a 2011 search of Dinh's home in Burnaby.

The force also says 26-year-old Minh Nguyen was arrested in Orange County, Calif., in Sept. 2010, and has pled guilty to money laundering and drug trafficking and is currently awaiting sentencing in the U.S.

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