Police have arrested Amrit Rai, said to be a social activist, after drugs and a large amount of cash was seized from a drug rehabilitation centre run by him. Police conducted a raid at 'Freedom for Life Recovery House', an unregulated recovery facility in Surrey and seized $50,000 in cash and heroin.
"In our community, we carry cash a lot. Every house has cash, all the time," Rai said while talking to CTV, adding that the money belonged to the society that operates the house.
Rai also claimed that sometimes the inhabitants bring drugs in, despite his best attempts to prevent it but the police is not convinced.
Drug recovery houses have been unregulated since 2001, when the BC Liberal government changed the Community Care Facility Act.
Rai was once associated with radical Sikh group International Sikh Youth Federation, which was eventually banned in Canada.
Rai was previously also involved in robbery from TD bank of about $700 from the teller, for which he was sent to jail.