Canadian police on bicycles have nabbed one of America’s most wanted criminals in a chance encounter during a routine patrol of Montreal streets.
Katay-Khaophone Sychantha, 35, a Laos national living in Canada, was wanted both in the United States and in Ontario province for narcotics trafficking and related crimes.
His identity was discovered back at a police station where officers noticed a telltale amputated fingertip. He was taken to a police station where fingerprint records identified him as Sycantha. Officers also noticed the amputated fingertip which the US Department of Homeland Security lists as a distinguishing feature for the wanted man.
Sychanta appeared in a Montreal court last Thursday, where he was charged with possession, obstructing the work of a peace officer and using a forged document. Police said he will be handed over to the OPP to face charges in Ontario and may be subject to extradition to the U.S.
Khaophone Sycantha, 35, has been wanted in MI to face charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance since 2005, with more charges added in 2013.
It says he evaded capture and continued to supervise a drug-smuggling organization based near Windsor, Ont.
The notice says he should be considered armed and risky.