Just months before Abbotsford resident Karmjit “Jazzy” Sran was shot to death in July, the RCMP picked him up as part of a trafficking investigation.
At the time of his April 30, 2020, arrest, Sran was fighting extradition to the U.S. where he was facing charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
But before any Canadian charges were approved, Sran was gunned down at his Abbotsford home on Lucern Crescent on July 12. His murder remains unsolved.
A new B.C. government lawsuit naming his wife Cindy and sister-in-law Rajni Kaushal sheds light on the investigation into Sran’s alleged drug trafficking on this side of the border.
The suit, filed by the director of civil forfeiture on Oct. 21, said the RCMP began an investigation in early 2020 “into the drug trafficking activities of Karmjit Singh Sran and Ms. Kaushal.”
The statement of claim says a property owned by Jazzy Sran at 32850 George Ferguson Way was being used as a “stash house.”
For six weeks in March and April, police watched as Sran and Kaushal had multiple meetings “indicative of drug trafficking.” The meetings were short, sometimes with “hand-to-hand transactions with other individuals.”
On April 29, Mounties watched Sran “exit the stash house carrying a black object under his right arm, partially covered by his jacket.” He then met with Kaushal in a vehicle where he appeared to leave the item behind before exiting.
Vancouver police pulled Kaushal over on Alberni Street later that day. She was arrested “for possession for the purpose of trafficking,” the suit says.
Police searched the vehicle and found “a black shopping bag containing six bundles totalling $59,500 in Canadian currency, bundled with elastic bands,” another $510 in cash, almost three grams of cocaine, an encrypted cellphone and an iPhone.
That evening, Sran was followed as he left his house in a Mercedes and drove to a home on Brookside Avenue in Abbotsford where a Cadillac Escalade was parked in the driveway. He later returned to his home in the Escalade and then drove “directly to the stash house.”
“The RCMP determined Mr. Sran was relocating controlled substances and/or cash from the Sran residence to the stash house.”
RCMP officers arrested Sran at the stash house, where they found 90 grams of cocaine and documents belonging to him.
The government wants Kaushal’s 2013 Nissan Rogue forfeited along with the $60,010 seized by police as instruments of criminal activity.
And they want more than $10,000 seized from the Sran residence and Cindy Sran also forfeited.
“The money was found in proximity to controlled substances and/or was bundled or packaged in a manner not consistent with standard banking practices,” the director claimed in the suit.
Neither Karmjit Sran, Cindy Sran or Kaushal were charged in the B.C. investigation. And no statements of defence have yet been filed in the lawsuit.
Sgt. Frank Jang, of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said Friday that the probe into the targeted killing of the 43-year-old “remains an active and ongoing investigation.”
After Sran was arrested on the U.S. charges in April 2019, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Power denied him bail , although he ended up being released several months later.
At the time, Power said she was “of the view that the flight risk posed by Mr. Sran is too great to try to structure a release order that could still meet all of the principles of bail, including allowing Canada to meet its international commitments.”
“On the materials before me, I am satisfied that Mr. Sran has access to large sums of money, and all of his proposed sureties seemed to have no idea of any of his activities.”
She also said the U.S. case against him was strong and laid out some of the evidence.
The charges date back to November 2013 when U.S. border agents arrested a truck driver with 19 kilograms of cocaine that he admitted he was smuggling into Canada for “Jazzy.”
The driver agreed to help U.S. authorities and introduced an undercover officer posing as a trafficker to Sran.
“That undercover officer and Mr. Sran had four face‑to‑face meetings in February and March of 2014 where they discussed the purchase and smuggling of cocaine into Canada from the United States,” Power said in her May 29, 2019, ruling.
The U.S. agents completed transactions with Sran for 41 kilograms of cocaine and he, in turn, arranged “the transfer of large sums of money,” she said.
“He conducted himself in a sophisticated manner, with knowledge of drug jargon, practices, and the drug trade. He indicated that he had access to large sums of cash and associates and he in fact accessed large sums of cash.”