British Columbia

Public's help sought in hunt for mayor's former foster son

Police in B.C.'s Lower Mainland are asking the public's help in locating Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson's former foster son, who is charged with drug and weapons offences.

Wanted on warrants


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The former foster son of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is wanted on drug and gun charges 2:15

Police are asking for the public's help in locating the former foster son of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and three other men.

Jinagh Farrouch Navas-Rivas , 21, and his alleged cohorts are wanted on drugs and weapons charges following the execution of a search warrant last week.

Police are investigating possible links to any organized crime group, said RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen.

"We're not able to say they're part of any one or more than one particular gang or organized crime group, but we're certainly trying to connect the dots to try to make that determination," Thiessen told a news conference Friday.

They face charges of trafficking cocaine in Richmond, B.C., and Vancouver and charges related to weapons offences.

Thiessen said the group had been under surveillance for the past six months and police believe they averted potential violence on the streets by seizing three handguns and a variety of drugs allegedly related to the group.

Also charged are Vancouver men Vinh Le, 25;  Raymond Ma, 47; and Leslie Miller, 29, who has been arrested and remains in custody. A fifth man who had been sought, Willie Truong, 23, surrendered to police Thursday.

Navas-Rivas was a foster son of the mayor in 2008 and 2009.

Robertson, who is on vacation with his family in Hawaii, issued a statement Thursday, urging Navas-Rivas to give himself up to police.

With files from The Canadian Press