|40-year-old Calgary man Timothy Varga is the alleged ringleader of a crime network that stretched from Calgary to Vancouver. He is among 10 people charged in a bust that has resulted in 111 charges.|
Varga has been charged with instructing a criminal organization, committing offenses for a criminal organization, recruiting members for a criminal organization, conspiring to commit an indictable offense, trafficking in cocaine, possession of property obtained by crime and six firearms charges.
|Varga pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 1999 in connection with the brutal beating death of Stony Plain man Warren Blaine McCallum during a grow rip. After an initial beating by Varga and three others, which knocked out one of MacCallum's teeth, Varga was left alone with the man for about a half hour. He beat the incapacitated man with a baseball bat and stabbed him with a steak knife. Varga was sentenced to 14 years.|
Others charged are Andrew McGuire, 41, Antonio Chavez, 23, Jason Hamilton, 40, Larissa Cowan, 25, Jared Kennedy, 32, Spencer Allan-Elliott, 26, Corey DeBakker, 19, Alex Wawia, 40 and Justine Brind-Suchar, 26.