From the National Post:
After completing a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s in taxation at prestigious universities, Brian Shin landed a coveted job as a tax consultant with Deloitte & Touche, a global professional services giant. He quit that coveted job, however, when he realized it meant a steep pay cut from his other — secret — line of work.
“He quickly appreciated that he could make far greater income by continuing his marijuana wholesaling enterprise, and he did not have to be bothered with all of those tax obligations he had learned about at graduate school,” said Ontario Superior Court Justice John R. McIsaac.
Shin then began a perplexing double life: by day energetic entrepreneur, accumulating peerless letters of reference, and by night as a career “mega-trafficker” and underworld banker.
“I love my job,” Shin recently enthused, “I make a lot of people happy.”
Although talking about his corporate recruiting, it might also describe his 14-year career among the “marijuana distribution elite,” as he was described in court.
His double life was revealed on Aug. 6, 2009, when Shin arrived at his secret “stash house” and was pounced on by waiting members of Durham Regional Police.
Inside, officers found what Judge McIsaac called “a buffet of illicit drugs.”
Shin’s gunpoint arrest, along with the arrest of 11 others and the seizure of $3-million in drugs, cash, luxury vehicles, expensive jewelry and several residences, was the culmination of Project Isis, a three-month anti-drug probe.
Shin, however, stood out from the pack.
He was talented, ambitious and well-educated, with exceptional prospects outside crime. In his reasons for sentencing, released Tuesday, Judge McIsaac said of Shin: “I doubt that a more glowing assessment has ever crossed a judicial bench.”
Shin started dealing marijuana early in his high school years, he told court at trial. He found it easy money.