Two dangerous men removed from DTES in secret operation 0
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The Crown has sentenced two men as part of an initiative to crack down on criminals terrorizing women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, according to police.
Nolan Swallow, 33, and Lemar McCann, 32, were sentenced Nov. 25 for conspiracy to traffic and participation in a criminal organization. The Vancouver Police Department said according to neighbourhood women the pair were known for targeting vulnerable and addicted people through violence and intimidation.
Swallow was given 10 years and McCann seven.
The pair was arrested as part of Projects Rescue and Tyrant, which police initiated in 2011 as a secret operation to address the threat of predatory drug dealers and the growing concerns of women in the DTES.
VPD spokesman Const. Brian Montague called Swallow an “extremely violent individual.” Last year, he was convicted of manslaughter for the 2009 stabbing of Tyson Edwards outside a Vancouver nightclub. He is currently serving seven years for that crime.
In a judgment filed June 5, 2013, the Crown charged the men with trafficking cocaine and forming a criminal organization. Swallow was also charged with possessing illegal firearms.
The Crown alleged the men were selling cocaine in Oppenheimer Park and using a Yaletown condo to store bulk quantities of the drug for distribution by a network of dealers.