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Alleged drug dealer defends ex-girlfriend

Jul 26 2012

A Victoria man accused of trafficking cocaine and being a major supplier of ecstasy testified that his former girlfriend and co-accused had almost nothing to do with his drug dealing.

Alfred Kong, 32, is charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine, trafficking cocaine, and possessing cocaine and ecstasy for the purpose of trafficking. His good friend and former girlfriend Bich Ngo is charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. The offences are alleged to have taken place in July and September 2008.

On Wednesday, Kong took the stand in B.C. Supreme Court and essentially admitted that, with the exception of the conspiracy charge, he was guilty of the offences. But Ngo was naive, Kong said. She didn't know the extent or scale of his drug dealing and she did not profit from it.

"You're trying to save Miss Ngo," charged federal prosecutor Peter Eccles.

"She really didn't think she was doing anything wrong," Kong testified. "She would just do anything I asked because she cared about me and would do anything for me."

The Crown's case, based on surveillance evidence, intercepted communications and police searches, alleges that Kong supplied a local drug dealer with one kilogram of cocaine in July 2008.

Text messages show Kong arranged to sell one kilo to the dealer for $31,250. Police, who were watching Kong's apartment on Songhees Road, seized the cocaine, along with $28,600 cash, from another man a few hours later, said Eccles.

The Crown also alleges that, in September 2008, Kong and Ngo intended to traffic cocaine and more than 17,000 ecstasy pills found during a police search of his "safe house" - an apartment rented in Ngo's name at 1310 Hillside Avenue.

Eccles told the court Ngo acted as Kong's "drug sitter." She knew Kong was dealing and helped him weigh and package the cocaine. On one occasion, she delivered it to a client, he said.

Wiretap evidence shows Ngo took instructions from Kong about the drugs in the Hillside apartment, said Eccles. Once, Ngo told Kong she was having trouble with the digital scale.

Ngo was arrested at the apartment before the police searched it at 5 a.m. on Sept. 9, 2008, said Eccles. During the search, police found steroids and growth hormone, 40 one-ounce bags of cocaine in a safe, more than 17,000 ecstasy pills, baggies of methamphetamine and a crack cocaine cookie on a baking sheet.

When police searched Kong's apartment on Songhees Road the same morning, they found a one-kilogram brick of cocaine, a large digital scale, a switchblade knife, a baggie of 100 ecstasy pills, steroids, brass knuckles, crack cocaine and $58,000 in cash.

Kong told his defence lawyer, Martin Allen, he had a hard time emotionally and financially after his father died from lung cancer in 2004. He started drinking and using ecstasy. In summer 2005, he was asked to deliver some drugs and become involved as a runner for a dial-a-dope operation.

By 2006, he'd progressed to buying half-kilos of cocaine to sell in gram levels on the street, he testified. In late 2007, he decided he needed a safe place to store his drugs. He asked Ngo to rent an apartment in her name.

Kong told Ngo's lawyer, Geof Simair, that she was uncomfortable weighing cocaine for him, but agreed as a favour. She did not use drugs, he said.

Ngo did not testify.

Final submissions continue today.

ldickson@timescolonist.com

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