Thursday, May 23, 2019

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)

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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  • Bikers with links to Hells Angels charged in Red Deer drug bust

    On April 30, members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) concluded Project Rocker by raiding three homes in Red Deer, where they seized three kilograms of cocaine, 2.8 kilograms of marijuana, a handgun and SKS rifle, four vehicles and $78,794 in cash. (Calgary Herald)

    Fentanyl kings in Canada linked to powerful Chinese gang, the Big Circle Boys

    VANCOUVER - In October 2015, RCMP officers wearing tactical gear burst into luxury homes, an underground bank and two illegal casinos in Richmond, B.C. At a hidden casino on Richmond’s No. 4 Road, they found 27 surveillance cameras. The place was abandoned but police saw something that concerned them. (Global News)
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  • Who are the Big Circle Boys?
  • Police investigate shooting at legal grow-op

    NIAGARA FALLS - Niagara regional police say officers and paramedics responded on Monday afternoon after a 45-year-old man called 911 to report that he had just been shot. (CBC News)

    Notorious B.C. drug smuggler busted again

    Less than a year after B.C. skipper John ‘Phil’ Stirling was released from a U.S. prison where he served seven years for cocaine smuggling, the controversial sea captain is back behind bars. (Vancouver Sun)

    ‘It’s an epidemic’: Inexpensive crystal meth eclipsing opioids on prairies

    Police are dealing with a prairie fire of methamphetamine use which is rapidly overtaking fentanyl as the drug of choice for many. (Winnipeg Sun)

    Reality show doc, woman charged with drug rapes

    LOS ANGELES - A California physician who appeared in a reality TV dating show and an alleged female accomplice have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities said Tuesday there could be many more victims. (Toronto Sun)
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  • Surgeon who appeared in reality show charged with multiple sex offences
  • Canadian man busted in Thailand heroin smuggling ring

    A Canadian man has been busted for his alleged role in a massive international heroin smuggling ring. Stephens Blair, 38, was arrested with an alleged Thai accomplice, Pahol Siwasirikarun, 27,  over the weekend. (Toronto Sun)

    Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ guilty on all counts in N.Y. trial

    Mexico's most notorious drug lord, Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his girlfriend through a tunnel. (AP)

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