July 7, 2005
A Vancouver woman with connections to the B.C. NDP and federal Liberal party has been arrested in Seattle and charged with trafficking ecstasy after a four-week sting involving the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Ravinderjit Kaur Puar, who is also known as Ravinderjit Kaur Shergill, was captured on tape saying she was involved in the sale of ecstasy and marijuana and also said she did not want any "heat" because both she and her father are politicians, according to U.S. court documents.
"We don't drop our weed off here. We take it all the way to California," Puar was also quoted in the documents as saying.
Puar ran unsuccessfully earlier this year for the NDP nomination in Vancouver-Kensington, which was won by David Chudnovsky, who went on to win in the May provincial election.
She was also elected as a Liberal party delegate for Paul Martin's leadership team in the fall of 2003, but did not end up attending the convention.
Puar's father, Kalwant Singh Puar, is on the executive of Vancouver's Ross Street Sikh temple. He has been a high-profile supporter of federal Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh.
Kalwant Puar did not return phone calls Wednesday. A person answering at the south Vancouver home hung up on a Sun reporter.
Neither Chudnovsky nor anyone from the federal Liberals wanted to comment when contacted Wednesday.
Other members of the Ross Street executive also declined to comment, but said Puar's father was on his way to Seattle.
The DEA got a tip from a confidential source June 1 that Puar was looking to sell tens of thousands of ecstasy tablets, including designer drugs made in Vancouver.
Using undercover agents, the DEA spent four weeks attending various meetings with Puar and her associates at restaurants in the Seattle area.
The DEA agent asked her if he could purchase just 1,000 pills to start, but Puar insisted on a minimum order of 5,000, the documents said.
She also offered to send a driver to Portland with pills, but the DEA agent said he preferred to deal with her, prompting Puar to say her drivers had been working for her for 10 years.
"They don't f--- around with me because ... they will be f---ing six feet under and they know it, because my, you know what, brothers will put them six feet under.
"Yeah, it's that simple. That's what the game is like in Vancouver. You f--- with us, you die. Well I don't know if you listen to the news and stuff. In Vancouver ... you pay for it and you know how bad you pay for it."
She said that is why no one rats out other gang members involved in drugs: "No one talks to the cops. If you're in jail with this person, you have a family member out there."
The court papers said Puar first provided the agent with 2,700 "blue dolphin" pills that cost $3.50 each US.
Puar maintained phone contact and held meetings with the DEA agent throughout June, offering 15,000 ecstasy pills ranging in price from $3.50 to $5 US each.
In one meeting, she claimed "her family organization 'has it very well with the cops' and that police in Vancouver, B.C. work for the organization as her father is very well connected politically," the documents said.
When the DEA agent told Puar that his sister had recently been beaten up, the Vancouver woman offered to have the person who did the assault "taken care of," the documents said.
Puar said six of her cousins have been killed in gangland violence in Vancouver.
She claimed she was overseeing the production of a new "Ferrari" pill which was being made especially for her group to distribute, the documents said.
The DEA said Puar promised to deliver 15,000 ecstasy pills by June 30, but called on June 28 to say she was a little behind schedule.
"Puar explained that her family had been busy with wedding plans and so had not had time to make all 15,000 pills. Puar said she would have the additional pills ready a few days later," the documents said.
On June 30, as she was delivering nine small bags of ecstasy pills to the DEA agent, Puar was arrested with two associates. A third associate was arrested a short time later.
Puar remains in custody near Seattle but will have a bail hearing this afternoon. Also charged are Kamaljit Singh Ghag, Sarbjit Singh Virk and Sarbjit Singh Sandhu.