Canadian drug dealer Clayton Roueche--head of a massive British Columbia gang that peddled monogrammed cocaine and once moved a ton of marijuana in a month--has now done 14 months in prison and told federal judge Robert Lasnik yesterday he's not happy in stir. But that's where he'll stay, given 30 years in prison again after an appeals court had sent the case back to Seattle for resentencing. Roueche and the "United Nations" gang--whose annual drug revenues approached $26 million--were profiled in a 2008 SW cover story that detailed some of their exploits, among them:
On Sept. 21, 2005, one of the gang's planes flew 1,100 pounds of marijuana from British Columbia to California, the Seattle U.S. Attorney's office claims, part of an airlift of five flights from June 2005 to March 2006 that ferried 2,761 pounds of B.C. bud and lesser-quality grass to America. These figures were boggling even to seasoned agents. In less than 10 months, the gang had moved more than a ton of marijuana, which was then selling at more than $200 an ounce.
Until his arrest three years ago, authorities had intercepted not only the ton of marijuana but "loads of cash" linked to Roueche that traveled from Vancouver and Seattle to Los Angeles. In southern California, bud profits would be used to buy cocaine that could then be sold in Canada. In Roueche's $450,000 condo in Coquitlam, just east of Vancouver, a search warrant turned up a stack of drug "score sheets" recording the buying and selling of nearly $875,000 in cocaine.
When he was arrested, Roueche, son of a Canadian scrap dealer, was sporting a UN gang insignia ring, watch, and chain bracelet valued at $125,000. He drove a Maserati and an armor-plated Lincoln Navigator.
The gang was founded by Roueche and some of his high-school buddies in the 1990s, and grew to 300 white, Asian, and Persian members fond of dragon tattoos and designer hoodies. The gang had its own monogrammed tombstones, jewelry, and kilos of cocaine, as well as its own motto--"Honor, Loyalty, Respect"--and left a trail of alleged murders.