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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

WEST Vancouver gangster Omid Bayani

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WEST Vancouver gangster Omid Bayani can look forward to seven years in a federal jail if he makes a public reappearance.

But so far it's unknown whether the UN gang member is on the lam from the law, or has met with a more sinister fate at the hands of gang rivals.

Bayani, 36, disappeared in September, just two days before he was to be sentenced in Ontario for trafficking a massive quantity of the date-rape drug GHB.

The judge in the case described it as "the largest seizure of GHB in Canadian history."

At the time Bayani went missing, police said he appeared to be headed to one of the North Shore gyms he frequented when he left his West Vancouver home that afternoon. He hasn't been seen since.

If he does show up, however, there will be a spot in a federal jail cell waiting for him, after an Ontario superior court justice sentenced him in absentia to spend seven years in jail for his crimes - an eight-year sentence reduced by one year for time already spent in custody.

According to facts set out in court documents, in late 2005, Bayani sold 600 litres of GHB to Mehrdad Bahman, a prospective member of the Toronto chapter of Hell's Angels.

But before any money changed hands, police in Ontario got wind of the deal and the location of a garage where Bahman was storing the GHB through a Hells Angels informant.

Police moved in and seized 350 litres of the drug, making it look like the garage had been burgled.

After Bayani became angry that he hadn't been paid, Bahman and other Hells Angels associates flew to Vancouver and met Bayani at Joe Fortes restaurant to hammer out a deal to repay the debt.

According to the informant, they agreed Bahman would pay Bayani $80,000.

In handing out the sentence, Justice Robert Clark said the amount underscores that "the potential profit of this illicit activity is enormous."

Clark added Bayani, who was born in Iran and is not a Canadian citizen, had shown no remorse for his actions.

A co-accused in the case, Hells Angels member Vincenzo "Jimmy" Sansalone, was sentenced to six years for his role in the case, which included setting up the Vancouver meeting between Bahman and Bayani.

Bayani's lawyer, Joseph Bloomenfeld, told the judge when Bayani didn't show up to his sentencing hearing that his client may have met with foul play.

But the judge said since he had no evidence of that, he would have to assume that Bayani had simply absconded.

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