Trail leads from drug raid to murders

Neal Hall

The Vancouver Sun

August 14, 2003

 

CREDIT: Mark van Manen, Vancouver Sun

 

Sid Morrisroe was convicted of the killing of Joe Philliponi in 1983. His daughter, Tami, tried to clear his name and went to police after she infiltrated a Vancouver criminal organization.

 

 

CREDIT: Glenn Baglo, Vancouver Sun

 

Detectives with metal detector sweep front yard of Abbottsford farm where five people died in what is believed to be a drug-related execution.

 

 

Salvatore Ciancio

 

 

Daryl Brian Klassen

 

Raymond Graves

 

 

Sonto Graves

 

 

Robert (Bobby) Moyes

 

 

Eugene and Michele Uyeyama

A complex police investigation into organized crime's involvement in cocaine trafficking began almost eight years ago when a large cache of the drug was found in a car stopped by police on the Trans-Canada Highway.

On Sept. 24, 1995, Chilliwack RCMP discovered more than 135 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside a vehicle that had been rented in Alberta. Two Quebec men were charged with possession of a narcotic.

Five days later, the RCMP drug squad found 170 kilograms of cocaine along with an AR-10 assault rifle in a home the 2900-block of East Fifth Avenue in Vancouver.

After the drug busts, seven murders took place in 1995 that police believe were tied to the cocaine trade.

First, Eugene Uyeyama, 35, and his wife Michele, 30, were allegedly tortured and killed in their Burnaby home before it was set on fire in December 1995.

It is believed the Uyeyamas were killed because they were involved with a criminal organization with links to a Colombian cocaine cartel and the couple were considered informers who had apparently talked to police about protection.

Then, five people were murdered at an Abbotsford farmhouse in September 1996: Raymond Graves, 70; his wife Sonto Graves, 56; their son David Kernail Sangha, 37, and family friends Daryl Brian Klassen and his wife Teresa Klassen, both 30.

The Graves were allegedly killed because they owed a drug debt. The Klassens, who were also involved in the cocaine trade, apparently dropped by to visit the Graves and were killed.

But it would take years before various police departments throughout the Lower Mainland made any connections between the murders and the drug seizures.

One of the first breaks in the case came during an investigation that involved former Richmond housewife Tami Morrisroe, who claims she infiltrated a Vancouver criminal organization in 1995 to help prove that her father had been wrongly convicted of murder.

Tami Morrisroe had met a man while visiting her father, Sid Morrisroe, in prison; the man told Tami that her father had been framed and he knew who was behind the frame-up.

Morrisroe said years ago that she met the man after he was released from prison and he allegedly got her involved in counting out millions of dollars in drug money. 

Morrisroe, realizing later that she was in over her head, turned to police for help. The RCMP enlisted her as a police agent and used electronics experts to place a listening device in her purse, which transmitted conversations with members of the alleged criminal organization.

After new information arose two years into the cocaine-murder investigation -- there is a ban on publication of what the new development was -- police first began a murder investigation, followed by a drug investigation.

Last summer, after a 20-month joint police investigation, three men were charged with the alleged drug murders: Robert (Bobby) Moyes was charged with the five murders at the Abbotsford farmhouse along with co-accused Mark Therrien, 39.

Moyes was also charged with the murders of the Uyeyamas along with co-accused Salvatore Ciancio, 40.

Last Oct. 10, Moyes pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree murder and received a mandatory life sentence without parole for 25 years.

Moyes was already serving a life sentence for robbery when he took part in the alleged contract killings.

Ciancio and Therrien are still facing separate murder trials next year in Chilliwack and Vancouver.

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THE PLAYERS

THE ALLEGED CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION

Anthony (Tony) Terazekis, 43, Vancouver

Charges: Terazekis is charged with instructing the commission of an offence for the benefit of a criminal organization, the first charge of its kind in B.C. under new federal legislation. Terazekis is also charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine and heroin and trafficking cocaine and heroin. Police allege that Terazekis operated a drug distribution business out of the American Hotel in the Downtown Eastside.

In March 2002, Terezakis was one of two men pulled over in a car near Revelstoke, from which police seized cellphones, a map of Calgary and $45,381.

In June, Terezakis, along with Michael Anthony Ovsenek, Christopher Ian Wong and Christopher James Pammenter, were charged with the extortion of Roderick Medina and Thong Dao in Calgary.

Criminal History: In May 1999, Terazekis received one year probation after being convicted in Surrey of possessing a prohibited weapon without a license. In July 1999, he was sent to jail for 14 days after being convicted in Surrey of drug possession. Last month, he was fined $920 for drug possession in Port Coquitlam.

Other alleged members of the criminal organization

The information sworn by Detective Tom Oger lists several people who have not been charged as possible members of the same criminal organization as Terezakis, including their nicknames. Those people include:

David (Disco Dave) Hadei, Sean (Goots) Boden, Curtis (Curt) (Von Hess) Davey, Shane (Hannibal) Yerbury, Christopher (Chris) Norman, Samantha (Sam) Bryce, Jaggit (Jeeves) Farwaha, Juanita Stankovic, (Billy Bonkers) aka "BB", Randy Terezakis and Salvatore Ciancio.

Sean Craig Casselman, 30, Vancouver

Charges: Casselman is charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine and heroin, trafficking cocaine and heroin, possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possessing a .357 magnum revolver without a license.

Criminal history: Casselman was convicted in Port Coquitlam of driving while disqualified in 1997 and driving while impaired in 1996.

Gus Lioudakis, 61, Vancouver

Charges: Lioudakis is charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine and heroin and trafficking cocaine and heroin.

Andrew Goosen, 19, Abbotsford

Charges: Goosen is charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine and heroin and trafficking cocaine and heroin.

CONSPIRACY #1

Michael Anthony Ovsenek, 37, Vancouver

Charges: Ovsenek is charged with conspiracy and possession of drugs for trafficking. He has also been charged along with Anthony Terezakis with the extortion of two men.

Brent Anthony Licht, 36, Kelowna

Charges: Licht is charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs.

In 2002, Licht successfully fought extradition to the U.S. for drug charges.

Unindicted co-conspirators

The bail conditions for some of those involved in the second conspiracy mentions several "unindicted co-conspirators" that the accused are forbidden to have contact with. They include:

Frank Barley, Christopher Licht, Carol Gaddison, Rosario Ciolli, Reno Calabrigo, Martino Calabrette, Randall Hallordson, Jamie Sclater, Aviv Ciulla, Carmelo Icbiasi and Rino Voci

Sidney Dallas, 43, Vancouver

Charges: Dallas is charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs.

Salvatore Santalucia, 34, Vancouver

Charges: Santalucia is charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs.

CONSPIRACY #2

These charges relate to the 1995 police seizure of 305 kilograms of cocaine from a vehicle in the Fraser Valley and a home in East Vancouver.

Aviv Ciulla, 32, Vancouver

Charges: Charged with conspiring to traffic in cocaine.

Ciulla is also listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in connection with Conspiracy #1.

Jairo Castenada, 39, Vancouver

Charges: Charged with conspiring to traffic in cocaine

Salvatore Ciancio, 40, Vancouver

Charges: Charged with conspiring to traffic in cocaine.

Ciancio is currently in custody and awaiting trial for the 1995 Burnaby murders of Eugene Uyeyama, 35, and his wife Michele, 30. Ciancio is also listed by police as one of the members of the same criminal organization as Anthony Terezakis

Eugene and Michele Uyeyama

The Uyeyamas, who are believed to have been involved in a criminal organization importing cocaine, were apparently killed and tortured in their Burnaby home in 1995 because they were considered police informers.

5 Abbotsford Murders

In 1996, five people were murdered at a rural farmhouse in Abbotsford. They were:Raymond Graves, 70, and his wife Sonto Graves, 56, who the Crown alleged may have stolen $28,000 in a cocaine deal; Sonto Graves' son David Kernail Sangh, 37; Daryl Brian Klassen, 30, and his 30-year-old wife Teresa.

Robert (Bobby) Moyes, 48

Moyes, a career criminal, pleaded guilty last October to seven counts of first-degree murder in October 2002 in connection with the five Abbotsford farm murders and the murder of the Uyeyamas.

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