Kelowna drug operation known as Project Endocrine, was personally
initiated by the Attorney General of British Columbia in conjunction with
the United States D.E.A. and eventually became the subject of a
CBC fifth estate
The investigation began with a preliminary investigation back in 1996 after
which, the mandate of this entire drug operation became to investigate the main
target "Martin" and his business.
The RCMP then provided false evidence implicating my
brother Steve Ambrose as being a co-director and co-owner of Martin's business.
During this drug investigation a home invasion occurred at the Ambrose residence
with the perpetrators claiming to be the RCMP on a proceeds of crime
investigation. The files released by the RCMP from this drug case disclosed that there actually was
an RCMP Proceeds of Crime Investigation naming my brother Steve
Ambrose, just like the home invaders had stated.
The Kelowna RCMP paid out a huge sum of money to a long time cocaine dealer to inform on the Martin's and their marijuana operation in Sicamous B.C. What no one knew at the time was that Don Martin had been living in Mindy Tran's neighborhood and had seen Shannon Murrin carrying a suitcase past his house on the night of her abduction. He had even given a statement to the police investigators. Don Martin was the owner operator of a janitorial service in Kelowna at the time. Whatever transpired to lure him into drug activity is unknown but it is known that the RCMP had him under surveillance during the whole time that this took place. Wire taps were authorized during the Tran investigation but concealed under National Security". The RCMP watched and listened for years as their own informants supplied drugs to and helped set up the Martin's as a big operation. Martin was arrested on drug charges under the threat of extradition to the U.S. just as Shannon Murrin was to go to trial. Don Martin never testified against Murrin and his lawyer later plea bargained for two years house arrest. The Kelowna RCMP informant handling division was heavily involved in this drug case including several of the same investigators from the Mindy Tran investigation.
The highly paid Sicamous cocaine
dealer turned informant claimed in court that the police had looked the other way
for about ten years while he was dealing in cocaine. Even though this dealer had
extensive connections, including with "B", and had intimate knowledge of the cocaine
trade, there was no police investigation
of his cocaine connections or activities. He was
paid over a half million dollars by the RCMP supposedly to provide information on the Martin's but
at the same time, he was also asking questions about my brothers and
myself and providing information about the home invasion to the RCMP. Information relating to the home
obtained from several sources including from the files of this drug
investigation which confirmed the sequence of events and the players involved.
Why the RCMP would pay a cocaine dealer over half a million dollars to inform on
Martin is telling. Many other witnesses had also been obstructed by various
means during the Tran investigation.
Gary Tidsbury's brother Blake, a former RCMP member was found to be living in Sicamous only one block away from where the home invasion took place in 1999. Blake Tidsbury had arrested Martin in the past after which he left the RCMP to become the director of operations for the house boat business owned by the family of Martin's then partner. Gary Tidsbury's past informant, suspect "B", who lived across the street from where Mindy Tran's body was found in 1994, had moved back to Sicamous for the start of the Project Endocrine drug investigation. Suspect "B" is shown in the drug investigation files to have been supplying drugs to Martin, which are then confiscated in a drug bust. Suspect "B" then threatens Martin with a gun to pressure him into further drug activities in order to pay off his debt, all while the RCMP have him under surveillance. Suspect "B" is never charged or even investigated for any of his activities. These events provided the basis to authorize the use of informant/agents.
Project Endocrine has served as a means to justify an investigation and surveillance which obstructed two witnesses from testifying in the Tran murder case. RCMP member R.J. Griffiths has been involved in all aspects of the investigation going as far back as January 1995. He was photographed searching for suspicious vehicles identified by the Tran investigation in 1994. The original suspect vehicle was parked for sale in front of Steve Ambrose's residence at the time of a home invasion. Griffiths is then involved in a series of events which leads to an investigation, surveillance, and wire taps. Within weeks of divulging that I intended to become a witness in the Tran case, a home invasion is perpetrated by people claiming to be the RCMP with inside knowledge of a confidential RCMP operation. Death threats were delivered specifically to not even think of “ratting” on anyone. Griffiths then provides false evidence to justify a drug investigation into the home invasion victims in a manner so as to make the home invasion appear to have been drug related. The RCMP have been informed of these allegations concerning their members and have been made aware of the evidence.
This information has been disclosed to the attorneys for the persons
charged with drug offences resulting from Project Endocrine. So far, the crown, the defense, and the judge appear satisfied to allow the
false evidence contained in the wire tap affidavit to proceed through the system as a
mere mistake. I strongly object and believe that this is evidence of obstruction of
justice in the Tran murder investigation as well as fraudulent evidence
this drug case. This appears to have been a deliberate action on the part of R.J. Griffiths
Kelowna RCMP to provide a drug related motive for the home invasion in which my
life was being threatened, the life of a witness that the RCMP were previously
for in the Tran murder case. The people threatening my life appear to be
acting as agents of, and protected by this RCMP drug investigation.
Suspect "B" is able to confirm the identity of the agents who are responsible for the home invasion and by doing so, can confirm the identity of those who have instigated and condoned it. Suspect B can confirm Gary Tidsbury's previous where-abouts and activities. Bev Busson, the RCMP Deputy Commissioner was reported to have moved to Haug Avenue in Kelowna at the same time that suspect B also moved into the same Kelowna neighborhood in 1988.
Bev Busson can confirm the status and identity of their informants from Carl Busson (her ex husband) the newly appointed Superintendant of the Drug Enforcement Branch. The Busson's can either solve these crimes or identify themselves as being part of the problem.
This RCMP marijuana investigation has not only been given priority over solving the murder of Mindy Tran, it has also served as the means by which two witnesses were obstructed from testifying. The assault on one witness occurred during a home invasion perpetrated by people claiming to be the RCMP all while the residence was under investigation as part of this RCMP drug operation. The RCMP had the tools, the funding, informants, wire taps, etc, all in place and at their disposal in order to either solve or to facilitate this crime. The same informants providing information in this drug investigation were known associates of the persons committing the home invasion. Information from these sources could have been used to solve the home invasion, arrest the suspects, and assist a witness to provide testimony against a child killer. Instead, the RCMP supplied false evidence to make this home invasion appear to be drug related.
was another one of the persons charged with drug offences resulting from the drug investigation
project endocrine. His lawyer asked for
the Tran investigation, suspect "B", and the home invasion at the Ambrose residence.
The following are excerpts from the actual RCMP investigation documents.
In response, I have no personal vendetta against any of these officers. I was only soliciting a written explanation for their actions. I believe that the local Sicamous RCMP members were acting on orders and that they were led to believe that this was a drug related home invasion based on evidence that was being supplied to them, namely that my brother Steve was the owner or director of the "drug related" business that they were already investigating. These RCMP members are probably not accustomed to being supplied false evidence from their superiors.
The RCMP stated that they would investigate allegations that contained sufficient factual information, however when evidence of this was supplied to them, the RCMP would no longer respond to me. No one has answered as to how the invasion suspects knew of this undercover proceeds of crime operation just after being in custody of an RCMP member involved with this Proceeds of Crime investigation. No one answers as to why false evidence is being provided to implicate my brother in this proceeds of crime investigation. It is more than suspicious when Gary Tidsbury's informants and several of his Mindy Tran murder investigators are involved. This file was last confirmed as being sent by the Surrey RCMP to a Kelowna Supervisor identified as "Sam McLeod."
A trial was finally held in the case of Colin Martin. The RCMP
were questioned about Shannon Murrin's informant status.