Wanted drug, gun smuggler captured after more than a decade
By Brian Seay
Katay-Khaophone Sychanta was on ICE’s 10 Most Wanted list. (Photo: ICE)
A pair of bike cops in Montreal arrested one of American immigration officials’ most wanted fugitives last week.
Katay-Khaophone Sychanta, 35, was arrested Aug. 23 near a train station in the Saint-Laurent borough, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
A dual citizen of Laos and Canada, Sychanta was arrested after one of the officers got off his bike and chased him on foot. Authorities say he handed over a phony ID from the U.S., but was identified when they fingerprinted him.
“Luckily, with the identification we were able to locate a man that was wanted for three years,” said Montreal police spokesperson Const. Jean-Pierre Brabant.
Sychanta was on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 10 Most Wanted list. According to ICE, he is the “suspected ring leader of a drug-smuggling organization which supplied millions of ecstasy pills and hundreds of pounds of marijuana to several distributors located in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, Georgia, and New York.”
He’s also allegedly been involved in smuggling cash, guns, cocaine and heroin, according to authorities. He was indicted in the Eastern District of Michigan in 2005 for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. He evaded authorities and was indicted