Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Licensed cannabis growers tied to organized crime: CBC

An investor in a major Canadian cannabis company has had longstanding ties, including business dealings, with influential Mafia members and drug traffickers. Another investor in the same company has links with a prominent member of the Rizzutos, the powerful Montreal crime family. (CBC)
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    Whitby man arrested in house explosion that injured three

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    5 Police Officers wounded, 2 suspects dead in Houston shootout

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    Vancouver’s Crosstown residents fed up with needles, waste

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    ‘Prince of Pot’ tries to get arrested for selling banned merchandise in Montreal

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    Meth and murder: A new kind of drug war has made Tijuana one of the deadliest cities on Earth

    It seemed like everyone in Christian Castillo’s life was getting killed or running from death. Two neighbors on his block were gunned down, along with the taco vendor at the end of the street. Then came a childhood friend of Castillo’s mother who had started selling drugs and was shot dead with her husband. Soon their son was executed, too. (Los Angeles Times)

    Police investigate shooting at legal grow-op

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