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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Canada Always Deports Honest People But Loves Playing Hide & Seek With Criminals

Twice deported, alleged drug pusher back in Canada and on the run

BY  ,TORONTO SUN


TORONTO - Deported from Canada twice before, will alleged crack dealer Cuthburt Renford’s latest elusive game of “Catch Me If You Can” be third-time lucky?
Not if Peel Police investigators have their way.
They’re in hot pursuit of Renford.
Or should that be Cornell Bramwell?
How about Devon Bramwell or Renford Cuthburt?
It seems that, just like Leonardo DiCaprio in the Steven Spielberg movie Catch Me If You Can, this suspect has many identities, including some not even listed here.
He even has ID to match the names.
But unlike the likable Frank Abagnale Jr. character in the movie — who posed as a pilot, doctor and lawyer — this suspect isn’t so romantic.
In fact, he’s a career criminal, police say.
They allege he isn’t only a crack dealer but a manufacturer of the deadly street drug, too.
He was also convicted of trafficking narcotics here on as many as six occasions, which led to his deportation.
However, this drug pusher is hard to keep locked up.
And even harder to keep out of the country. He has also proven to be a deft evader of capture.
“He is currently wanted by immigration authorities for entering Canada illegally in January of 2012 under the false name of Cornell Bramwell, with a birth date of Oct. 12, 1970,” said Insp. Norm English.
Renford is in Canada illegally for a third time and managed to elude capture once again on Sunday.
The immigration reality needs to be addressed since the system comes down so hard on law-abiding Canadians and visitors, but seems so vulnerable to scammers.
There needs to be a review of how someone like this can get into Canada so easily.
But first, as the Tom Hanks character and his team in the movie worked so hard to do, they must catch him again.
They have come close.
Most recently, police executed a warrant on a Brampton residence and arrested two people. The swift Renford ran off — just in the nick of time.
But Peel is known for solving 100% of its major crimes.
“The Street Crime Gang Unit is adept at capturing wanted fugitives, so this is a nice challenge,” English said.
My money is on Peel.
At the Nathaniel Cres. residence, police found 519 grams (18.3 ounces of crack cocaine) with a street value of $52,000, $8,715 in Canadian cash and $1,293 in American currency. They also found scales, packaging and drug production paraphernalia.
Shelly-Ann Campbell, 37, of Brampton is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (crack cocaine) and production of a substance. Christopher Sudlow, 45, of Brampton, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (crack cocaine).
But Renford, 42, of no fixed address, once again escaped.
Bald with brown eyes, he’s black, 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds.
“Renford, a twice deportee and wanted fugitive can now add to the total as he is now being sought by the Street Crime Gang Unit for drug offences, namely: Possession for the purpose of trafficking (crack cocaine) and production of a substance,” English said.
He asked that anyone who knows of Renford’s whereabouts contact the Street Crime Gang Unit at 905-453-3311, Ext. 7704, or investigators using the twitter handle: @Peelgunsandgang.
“Given the nature of his (alleged) drug enterprise, he is considered armed and dangerous,” English said. “Members of the public who see this individual or know his whereabouts, are asked to contact police and/or Crimestoppers. Please do not approach.”
However, if you know where he is, English said, it would be wise to pick up the phone and contact police.
“Mr. Renford has many friends in the GTA and anyone who is assisting him in avoiding apprehension is committing a criminal offence and will be charged accordingly,” English said.
Police understand Renford — believed to have several children in Canada and Jamaica — is extremely skilled at operating as other people.
They’re wisely trying to tighten the noose by trying to warn others to not help him.
“He can be very charming but certainly leads a double life,” English said.
Or should that be triple, quadruple — or more?
Like in the film, it will only be a matter time before he’s captured.
But will the system hang onto him or release him so he can have another shot at playing hide and seek with Canadian authorities?
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