More than two years after he was turned back while trying to enter Mexico, Langley resident Randy Caine says he still hasn’t been told who reported him and the RCMP are refusing to release information even though they are required by law. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

RCMP won’t say who made drug trafficking claim against Langley man

“All of a sudden, it got weird” Randy Caine says after being denied entry to Mexico

More than two years after he was denied admission to Mexico during a vacation, Langley City resident Randy Caine still doesn’t know who reported him as a drug trafficker.

READ MORE: Who flagged Randy Caine?

After filing a request with the RCMP under the federal Access to Information Act to find out exactly who was responsible for making what Caine described as “false and baseless” allegations to Mexican authorities, Caine said nothing has been disclosed.

At first, the RCMP Access to Information and Privacy Branch told him that they would need more than the statutory 30 days to respond, then declined to release the information, arguing it was exempt under regulations that allow a federal agency to refuse to release certain kinds of information.

The RCMP did not give details, but exemptions can include disclosure “affecting the safety and security of individuals” and privileged information covered by lawyer-client confidentiality.

“That’s when things went sideways,” Caine said.

“All of a sudden, it got weird.”

Caine and his wife Maureen were greeted by Mexican police when they flew to the resort town of Puerto Vallarta in March of 2015.

He was refused admission, told that he’d been flagged as a “security threat” for being a drug trafficker and put on a flight back to Canada. His wife had to take a later flight.

Caine operates stores selling legal hemp products in both Langleys and White Rock and has often campaigned for reducing restrictions on marijuana use.

He was charged, but not convicted, of drug trafficking in July of 2011 when his legal medical marijuana dispensary in Langley City was raided by the RCMP.

READ MORE: Police raid Langley marijuana dispensary

The charge was dropped in June 2013 when Caine pleaded guilty to less serious violations of exceeding the amount of marijuana he was allowed under his Health Canada licence and of storing it improperly.

He was then granted an absolute discharge on both counts. Under Canadian law, an absolute discharge is not considered a conviction.

Following the RCMP response to his FOI request, Caine took his case to the Office of the Information Commissioner, which investigates complaints about federal institutions’ handling of access requests.

An email from the office provided to Black Press by Caine said the RCMP have made a commitment to an investigator for the commissioner to respond to the commissioner’s questions, and if the federal police force fails to meet that commitment, “formal steps” will be recommended.

“My director has already been briefed on your files and will support that action should it be necessary,” the email from the investigator stated.

As an ombudsperson, the commissioner does not have the power to order a complaint to be resolved in a particular way, but may refer a case to the federal court for resolution.

Caine has continued to travel outside Canada to other countries since 2015, but “I can’t go to Mexico and the U.S. until I can determine what the hell took place.”



dan.ferguson@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Kent to weigh in on ride-sharing policies

The district will be submitting comments to the province on what ride sharing should look like

Chilliwack prolific offender wanted yet again

B.C.-wide warrant issued for David Allen Geoghegan

One man, two women charged with stolen pickup downtown Chilliwack

None of the three have criminal history in B.C.

Enrolment, EA increases make for no surprises in updated school district budget

The budget reflects changes that were made after recieving provincial funds in December

Agassiz Community Gardens hoping to find new home at old McCaffrey school

The society has been looking for a new location since its previous gardens were sold in October

Self serve doggy-wash poised to change dog grooming industry

Add money, start spraying to wash dog in the K9000

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

For two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years

Burnaby byelection turmoil sparks debate about identity issues in politics

The Liberals still have not said whether they plan to replace Wang, who stepped aside Wednesday

B.C. woman planned to donate a kidney to her husband, then found out she has cancer

Richard Stuart needs a kidney, his wife Tracy has been diagnosed with cancer

15 to 20 cm of snow to fall on Coquihalla

Kelowna - A snowfall warning is in effect for the highway from Hope to Merritt

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

Most Read