Canadian police are tracking down a Vietnamese man suspected of involvement in money laundering activities who they say may have already fled to Vietnam.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Cong Dinh, 26, has been charged with "laundering the proceeds of crime and possession of the proceeds of crime," Canadian daily newspaper Ottawa Citizen reported Wednesday.
The charges stem from a cross-border investigation by Canadian authorities into a Vietnamese organized-crime group which is said to have laundered about US$2.7 million earned from the smuggling of cocaine and ecstasy.
The police said the group moved ecstasy south to the US and cocaine north to Canada and was affiliated with groups in Mexico, Australia and Vietnam.
Evidence in the case was secured during a 2011 search of Dinh's home in Burnaby, a city in British Columbia, police said.