The Murder of Lindsay Buziak

The RCMP never shared the identity of the main informant with the Saanich Police!


We have heard time and time again that the Saanich Police, Victoria Police aND the RCMP have been working together to solve lindsay buziak’s murder.

I have to wonder though, is it possible that the Saanich PD is looking at this case as a complex conspiracy, where the High Noon informant is a key suspect in how Lindsay was sold to the cartel as an informant? If this is true, are there circumstances where it is sometimes in the interests of justice to reveal the identity of a confidential informant to help solve a greater crime? But what if the RCMP do not see things the same way – what happens then? What if the RCMP’s mandate differs from that of the Saanich Police? What if the RCMP believe the greater good is in nailing drug traffickers and shutting down the import/exportation of drugs rather than solving one girl’s murder.

The blame for what’s happening here does not lie with one side or the other. There is a systemic bureaucratic flaw, a lack of interface between the RCMP and municipal policing, countless silos where no one is sharing, and a serious lack of communication on multiple fronts. Multiple police bodies with no central information bank is a serious concern and until this problem is taken seriously we will continue to see unsolved murders throughout our province as we did with the Pickton cases. RCMP has a serious crimes division in Surrey, a drug/homicide division in North Vancouver and other divisions throughout the province yet often they do not connect with each other.

If it turns out that the RCMP did not share the identity of the main informant with the Saanich Police then the nature and extent of this on-going investigation was seriously compromised by the actions of the RCMP. This would have put the Saanich Police at a major disadvantage in their investigation. If the Saanich knew who the main informant was at the time of Lindsay’s murder, or shortly thereafter, would they have seen things through a much clearer lens? would their suspect pool have been much wider? Either way, none of this excuses the Saanich Police Department from taking their eye off the ball with the Zailos.

In fact, people like Rianne Gracia may not have been a focus of their investigation if they had known the identity of the main informant. To think that all along Rianne was telling people that the Zailos were pure evil and no one was listening to her. In fact, the police made her a target -likely based only on the fact that she had friends like Vid. To think that the main informant planted herself inside the inner circle of the SP Department has to leave people shaking their heads in disbelief.

Well this investigation has now taken a new turn, new investigators have joined forces with the existing detectives/investigators on the case and the involvement of the FBI is promising.

The first 48-72 hours in a homicide investigation are critical to solving the crime. You generally gear into close associates; husband/wife/kids, business associates, marital issues, criminal activity/affiliates. You are always assessing and reassessing, open discussions with all involved, etc. Anything/everything is on the table. As the case goes cold, unsolved cases are reassigned to new investigators over a period of time in an attempt to find new evidence, new ideas, or reevaluate/examine old evidence; such as DNA etc.

Just how much information are Saanich Police sharing with the FBI? Unless they give the FBI access to the entire file the FBI will be at a disadvantage. Will the FBI be told the identity of the main informant? If the RCMP denied that information to the Saanich Police, do the Saanich Police have the authority to release that information to the FBI now that they know who it is? Seemingly the secrecy and lack of co-operation amongst agencies has compromised this investigation. Now that a new team is onboard the focus should be on “solving the crime” – not on which agency gets the credit for solving it. If the FBO are on the heels of Leopoldo Rojo Beltran then we have to believe they have some evidence that he is the guy who committed the murder.

There are FBI liaison offices across Canada and RCMP and other police departments work with them often.  They do not actively investigate but are available to assist, provide info, etc. The have a much larger data base than police agencies in Canada. They coordinate any efforts we need to be done in the US. They are not allowed to carry weapons except with special authorization from Ottawa.

Similarly, travelling to the US on an investigation, I would always be accompanied by a local PD Officer, FBI, DEA, ATF, Officer.  We could not take our weapons with us and both Canadian Foreign Affairs and US Dept. of Justice had to approve.  Fresh pursuit across either border takes on different regulations, but workable. 

IF THE IDENTITY OF THE INFORMANT WAS A RCMP DOCUMENTED AND CONTROLLED SOURCE, THE IDENTITY WOULD NEVER BE SHARED.

We know that the main informant SZ contacted the Calgary Police in November 2007 to tell them about a drug shipment heading their way. What we do NOT know is why the Calgary Police made the decision to share the identity of their informant with the Westshore RCMP? The most logical explanation for this is that the Calgary Police felt that the main informant’s life could be in danger and that she needed to be given a local police “handler”. This was most likely right after the Calgary Drug Bust on January 16/2008 when all hell broke loose and the guys who lost a lot of money were on a witch-hunt in Victoria. We know that people were being woken up in their beds and asked, “who did you tell”. But what if something more unsettling was happening at that same time that we just are not aware of?

What if the RCMP believed that Lindsay Buziak was mistaken for SZ as the informant, since they were closely connected through Jason Zailo? This would have enhanced the RCMP’s belief in the need to protect SZ, sensing the cartel was getting very close to their informant. This would simultaneously blind them (and other police) to the possibility that SZ sold Lindsay Buziak as the informant to the Delalcazar’s/Beltran cartel to deflect any attention on herself or her clan. What if SZ was scared to the point of drastic action?

Did SZ decide to throw Lindsay Buziak under the bus – and if this is what happened what drove her to taking such drastic action?

Saanich does seem to be deliberately chosen as the jurisdiction for the crime. Whoever planned this conspiracy may have had a level of sophistication to understand that the RCMP would not have jurisdiction over the crime.

Seemingly the RCMP were more intent on protecting the identity of the main informant than working together with Saanich to solve a high-profile murder.

The RCMP NOT SHARING THE IDENTITY OF THE MAIN INFORMANT WITH THE SAANICH POLICE SLOWED the progress of the lindsay buziak murder investigation. are tHE RCMP still on the case? YES, indeed they are.

Where do you draw the line between right and wrong? Was protecting the name of an informant more important to the RCMP than solving Lindsay Buziak’s murder? Yes, it certainly looks like it was! And what about Shane Wilson, he was also an RCMP paid informant in this investigation? Was that information kept from the Saanich Police too? It is interesting that Shane Wilson was recently gunned down in a targeted hit in Metchosin. and that begs the question, who took him out and why? Was it the Delalcazars/Vid crew because of the Calgary Drug Bust or was it the Jason/Ziggy/Chris crew because of their association with the Hells Angels. Sounds more like a Hells Angels hit if you ask me.

ANTHONY SINGH DHEENSAW WAS ANOTHER PAID INFORMANT WORKING FOR THE RCMP. Years ago Tony told me two things that I have never forgotten. First, he said that he was sitting in Zachary Matheson’s backyard the Sunday after Lindsay’s murder. One of the guys made a comment about Lindsay being killed and Zachary said, “it was a mistake, it should never have happened.” I guess a mistake could mean that Lindsay was mistaken as the real informant which would mean Ziggy knew who the real informant was.  It could also mean her murder was a mistake, suggesting that something other than murder was expected. The 2nd thing Tony told me is that Ziggy was one of the last people to see Kyle MacDonald alive. So the question here is, “where was Zachary Matheson on August 30/2007 that fateful day that Kyle went missing?

MURKY WATERS

Kyle MacDonald 24, was last seen August 30/2007 boarding a 11:20 am Harbour Air flight to Vancouver. Kyle was involved in grow-ops at the time of his disappearance and a few years earlier had been charged with trafficking in narcotics. Clearly Tony did not like Ziggy and was feeding the RCMP information which could help take Ziggy down. However it is very possible there is truth to what Tony told me and I have to wonder if the police believed anything Tony told them. Last year 2020, things went very bad for Anthony Singh Dheensaw. He was charged with killing a young woman outside a Langford home, and also charged with the attempted murder of Derrick Oke. He has had several court appearances to date and will likely be going away for a long time.

The main informant was given a handler/protection right after the Calgary Drug Bust and the timing just happened to lynchpin with Lindsay Buziak’s murder.

What is most interesting is discovering that the RCMP officer who did the 2017/2018 risk assessment on the main informant in is the same RCMP officer who testified at Ziggy Matheson’s trial February 2017. Even more concerning is learning the main informant was a close friend of Zachary Matheson.

Just when did the Calgary Police decide to involve the Westshore RCMP? Was it after the Calgary Drug bust went down or was it shortly after Lindsay Buziak was murdered on February 2nd 2008. My first inkling was that the main informant may have approached the Westshore RCMP to inform on the Delalcazar drug shipment heading to Calgary. Then the RCMP contacted the Calgary Police. But no, that does not make sense. It makes far more sense that the main informant would feel much safer by taking what she knew out of province. She would not risk people in her own community ever learning that she was an informant. Therefore she contacted the Calgary Police DEPARTMENT in late November 2007.

POLICE Officers WHO ARE ASSIGNED TO AN INFORMANT are referred to as handlers.

The RCMP would never divulge the name of their informant to the Saanich Police Department. They may have said they had information, but not from whom.  Only the informants handler and senior RCMP have access to that information. The delicate balance between handler notes, intelligence, and protection of the informant’s identity is critical.  Although practices vary slightly amongst police agencies, most dictate that all intelligence derived from a confidential informant be reproduced in the handler notes, and those notes are then carefully guarded – and disclosure, even to other members of the police force, is severely restricted. Under that protocol, only non-identifying information from the handler notes will be downloaded into source debriefing reports.

THE INFORMANT that RCMP Constable GABOURY-WIGLEY did the risk assessment on in 2018 was a woman, a woman who worked in the Re/Max Camosun Westshore office when Lindsay was murdered, and who “supposedly” still works there today. Clearly, the Calgary Drug Bust was the lynch-pin to Lindsay Buziak’s murder. But why the need for the informant risk assessment in 2018? Did the risk assessment have nothing to do with Lindsay Buziak’s murder? Was it only done to assure that the informant was safe from the Delalcazar group that she ratted out in November 2007? The main informant knows why Lindsay was murdered and who knows, she may even have some involvement. Why were the RCMP so determined to keep this information confidential when releasing the informant’s name could have blown the case wide open?

I suspect that lindsay’s murder could have been solved years earlier if the RCMP had shared what they knew with the Saanich Police investigators. It leaves me to wonder if the RCMP did not want this murder solved, and if they didn’t why not? Did the RCMP know that the alleged main informant was making friends with Saanich Police officers like Tyra Reid/Lamb? Did they know that she had entered a relationship with retired Staff Sgt. Barry McLachlan? If they knew this was going on did they not question the informants motives for what she was doing? If the RCMP ignored all the red flags and did not step in to tell the Saanich investigators what they knew then this is indeed a travesty of injustice.

What were the RCMP thinking? Is it possible that the Saanich Police only learned the identity of the main informant a short time ago? I can only imagine the shock, anger and disbelief they felt when learning that they had been betrayed by an agency that was supposed to be working with them, not against them, and the realization that the main informant had imbedded herself in their inner circle had to be gut wrenching. Blindsided by those they trusted!

The main informant could have been anyone. It could have been one of the Vid/Delalcazar family members, or a close friend in their inner circle, but it could also have been a friend in Lindsay’s circle or Lindsay’s boyfriend or a member of his family. Someone pointed the conspirators in Lindsay’s direction and whoever it was, decided it was better to throw Lindsay under the bus than get run over by the bus themselves. If the RCMP had told Saanich who the main informant was the investigation could have taken an entirely different course. Lindsay’s boyfriend Jason and his mother Shirley pointed the finger at the Delalcazars and Vid Acevedo and sent Saanich Police on a wild goose chase to Calgary Alberta. Granted, the people involved in the Calgary Drug Bust may be responsible for Lindsay’s murder, but who was responsible for setting Lindsay up to get murdered?

The main informant had the most to lose, the most to fear.

in November 2007, the main informant was audaciously bold enough to call the Calgary Police Department to rat out the drug shipment headed to Calgary. Now, no longer feeling so bold, fear and paranoia, and one’s need for self-preservation would kick in. Did the main informant set Lindsay up to be “the scapegoat of convenience” to take the heat off her own family? If so, who took the message to the Delalcazar group that Lindsay was the informant/rat. Ziggy Matheson? It is possible that the “main informant” learned that Beltran and his group had correctly identified the informant as someone living in Victoria. The main informant scared and not wanting to be identified acted quickly, getting a message to Beltran’s group telling them that Lindsay was the informant. Hence Lindsay was murdered

APRIL 2021

Everything that has transpired these past few months could explain why the main informant was recently in a state of panic. First, bizarrely reaching out to her nemesis Jeff Buziak because she was not happy with the way she was treated during recent questioning by the new investigators. Then when she did not get the support of Jeff Buziak she rushed to the Westshore RCMP to file a complaint against me, hoping she could get them to shut me up. Well that didn’t work for her either. The Westshore police officer’s aggressive stance with me just proved that he has no knowledge about this case. Nothing is working for her anymore and she has no where to hide.    It is hard to know what her next move will be.  Maybe she should come clean with the Saanich Police about why she turned in the Delalcazars and just what she knows about Lindsay’s murder.  Her reign of deceit and deception just may be coming to an end.

AN EXAMPLE THE FBI’S INVOLVEMENT IN AN OLD BC CASE – YES THE FBI ARE AMONGST US.

Sgt. Ross Poulton was the lead investigator on the case, which included investigators from Saanich and Victoria fire departments, Victoria and Saanich police, the RCMP and the FBI. Charlton said the investigation used forensic laboratory facilities from both the RCMP and FBI, as well as those agencies’ behavioral science labs.

“That type of interagency and international co-operation is increasingly common,” Charlton said. “It’s an example of thinking outside the box and pursuing all possible evidence.”

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