Fresno Police Make Largest Ecstasy Bust in City History

November 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Fresno Police say they've taken $2.7-million dollars worth of drugs off the streets and arrested some major ecstasy dealers. In custody are Harjeet Longia and Ranveer Gill. Both are 24 years old and from Fresno.Ranveer Gill is in the Fresno County Jail. His bail is $1.1-million dollars. His family visited him Thursday and says he's taking the blame for the drug dealings of his dead brother.

108-thousand ecstasy pills ... one kilo of cocaine and $207-thousand dollars in cash ... police found it during a search of a West Central Fresno home. It's the largest ecstasy bust in the history of Fresno Police.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, "This is going to have a very significant impact in our community. It's not going to eliminate the sale of ecstasy but it will drive up the price of ecstasy in Fresno."

Undercover officers bought five-thousand ecstasy pills Tuesday in the parking lot of a convenience store on Clinton and Weber. Police say Harjeet Longia made the sale ... he also works at the store. Investigators say the drug kingpin Ranveer Gill watched the transaction from a Jaguar nearby.

"There's no question that Gil was supplying ecstasy to Longia. Although he did not want to be involved in the transaction he did want to be nearby to watch the transaction to make sure that it occurred the way that it should," said Chief Dyer.

The suspects both of whom are of East Indian descent had been brought to the attention of police by a member of the Sikh community who expressed embarrassment by the criminal activity.

Harry Gill is a community Liaison who works to bridge the gap between Sikhs and police. He is not related to Ranveer.

Gill said, "Our population comes into the Central Valley in the early 1900's. All the older people they work hard to get where they are today but the newer generation they want to get rich overnight and."

Ranveer's mother tells Action News her son is being wrongly accused for drug crimes committed by his twin brother Tanveer. Tanveer died in July and was found in the same Jaguar his brother was arrested in. The coroner found Tanveer died of an ecstasy overdose.

Police believe the pills are from Canada. Some have Nike or scorpion logos on them. Investigators say it's common for cocaine to be exported to Canada and traded for ecstasy.

Ranveer's mother also told me the $207-thousand dollars police recovered belongs to her husband. She says the family sold property in India hoping to open a business. Police found the money in the same room as the drugs.



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