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Canadian Helicopter Pilot Sentenced for Drug Smuggling Operation

One of the Canadian masterminds behind a massive northern border drug smuggling operation was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Wednesday, November 7, 2012, for conspiracy to import marijuana.

Henry Rosenau, 61, of Armstrong, British Columbia, was indicted in 2006 following a cross-border investigation dubbed “Operation Frozen Timber” led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Rosenau’s sentence comes following his July guilty plea, which pre-empted a re-trial and ended a protracted legal battle to derail the U.S. prosecution that included extradition challenges and frivolous lawsuits against witnesses, prosecutors and law enforcement.

“Operation Frozen Timber” led authorities to the Okanogan National Forest where undercover HSI special agents observed Rosenau and his co-conspirators smuggling B.C. Bud marijuana into the United States and cocaine into Canada using helicopters. The first of its kind investigation led HSI to develop new techniques to detect and suppress this type of border smuggling.

“The remote forest areas that concealed Rosenau’s and his co-conspirators’ smuggling operation also provided law enforcement with the perfect platform to observe their criminal activity,” said Brad Bench special agent in charge of HSI Seattle. “Rosenau was the air courier service to several transnational criminal organizations. While he was busy turning drug smuggling by helicopter into a growth industry, HSI and its border enforcement partners were building the case that dismantled his criminal enterprise and brought him to justice.”

In his plea agreement, Rosenau admitted that, between 2000 and 2005, he flew dozens of loads of marijuana into forested areas in western and eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana. He also smuggled Canadians across the border into the U.S. to work as drug mules to transport their illicit cargo across the United States. Investigators say he ran his smuggling operation from his home-based heliport, landing as many as five helicopters in the front yard of his remote property in British Columbia.

Rosenau was first contacted by Canadian law enforcement in 2005 as he returned to Canada after delivering a load. In the helicopter’s cockpit, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police found a loaded handgun, night vision goggles, two satellite telephones and a GPS device that contained known landing sites used by marijuana traffickers.

Prosecutors asked for a sentence of more than 15 years. They portrayed Rosenau as a shrewd man who flouted the law and gamed the system for his personal benefit saying: “[Rosenau] skirts the law when he believes doing so will benefit him, who prevaricates when asked what he did and why, and who believes dealing with governments (from pilot and aircraft regulations to police investigations to court matters) is some sort of a game. […] With some shrewdness, the defendant dealt well in the world of drug smugglers. He flew for some of the bigger and well-known drug traffickers…”

More than 40 defendants were indicted in connection with Operation Frozen Timber. During the course of the operation, U.S. and Canadian enforcement teams intercepted more than 17 drug loads, including more than 5,000 pounds of B.C. Bud and one shipment in February 2005 involving five suitcases packed with 169 kilograms of cocaine.

Operation Frozen Timber was conducted under the auspices of the Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET), a multi-agency law enforcement team comprised of representatives from Canadian and U.S. law enforcement agencies. Members of the IBET work together with local, state and provincial enforcement agencies to target cross-border criminal activity, including investigations involving national security and organized crime. Additional assistance was provided by U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington prosecuted the case.

Guilty Plea for Canadian Man in Child Enticement Case

Following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), a Canadian man pleaded guilty Thursday, October 11, 2012, to coercion and enticement of a 14-year-old girl he met online, in violation of federal law. The Pennsylvania State Police and the University of Delaware Police Department assisted in the investigation.

David Gellad, 44, of Rosemere, Quebec, pleaded guilty at a hearing in the United States District Court, District of Delaware. Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced Gellad’s guilty plea.

According to court documents, Gellad began an online relationship with the victim in October 2010. They communicated through the victim’s iPod Touch, using Facebook, AOL Instant Messenger and FFM, a photo sharing application. Between March and June 2011, Gellad traveled from Montreal to Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware on two occasions to meet the victim in person. In March 2011, Gellad flew from Montreal to Philadelphia International Airportand then met the victim for what she told HSI special agents was a sexual encounter in her southeastern Pennsylvania residence. In June 2011, Gellad traveled from Montreal to southeastern Pennsylvania and then drove the victim to a Marriott hotel in Newark, Del., where, she told HSI special agents, they engaged in sexual conduct.

Shortly after the June 2011 encounter in Newark, Del., the victim’s father found text messages between the two on his daughter’s iPod Touch and notified the Pennsylvania State Police. Gellad was subsequently charged with federal child exploitation crimes in June 2011. On July 23, 2011, Gellad was arrested as he attempted to re-enter the United States at the Highgate Springs Port of Entry, in Swanton, Vt. He has been in federal custody since his arrest.

“This case has exposed the unsettling behavior of an individual who believed he could cross our nation’s border to victimize children, and return home to his country without being held accountable for his actions. He was wrong,” said John P. Kelleghan, special agent in charge of HSI Philadelphia. “HSI will continue to utilize its broad authorities to target those individuals that pose direct threats to our communities.”

“Once again, we see someone crossing the forbidden bright line that protects children under the age of 18,” said Oberly.” As long as there are criminal predators seeking out our children to satisfy their perverse desires, there will be appropriate prison space to house these predators for years. I especially thank the investigating agencies involved in this case and Assistant United States Attorney Ed McAndrew for their successful prosecution of this case.”

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipeline.com.

Canadian Alien Smuggler Sentenced

A Canadian man has been sentenced to one year in federal prison after pleading guilty to alien smuggling. The sentence is the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Donald Murray Gallaher, 55, of Black Diamond, Alberta, Canada, pleaded guilty to the charges Jan. 5, 2012, in Syracuse, N.Y. He was sentenced March 20, 2012.

Gallaher was arrested July 22, 2011, after he entered the United States through the U.S.
port of entry in Fort Covington, N.Y. Shortly after he entered the United States, his two
accomplices, Ross Brian James and John Duder — both Canadian citizens — were
detected after they illegally entered the United States.

It was discovered that James was carrying two loaded firearms — registered to Gallaher — at the time of his arrest. Duder pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of entering the United States without inspection, and was sentenced to time served Aug. 2, 2011.

James pleaded guilty to the illegal importation of firearms and was sentenced to one
year in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. He was sentenced Feb. 22, 2012.

“Targeting smugglers is a top priority for Homeland Security Investigations,” said
Nick DiNicola, assistant special agent in charge of HSI Albany. “As smugglers have shown time and time again, they have no qualms about putting their clients and our New York
communities at risk in hopes of turning a profit. This sentence should serve as reminder to smugglers: law enforcement will continue to pursue you from Rouses Point to the Rio Grande Valley.”

The investigation was conducted by HSI, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie S. Pfluger, Northern District of New York.