Wednesday, March 20, 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)
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5 Police Officers wounded, 2 suspects dead in Houston shootout

HOUSTON - Four police officers remain hospitalized Tuesday after being wounded in a gun battle at a southeast Houston home where drugs were allegedly being sold, according to Houston's police chief. (NBCDFW)

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)

El Chapo wanted the Hells Angels to kill ‘Catboy’, had ties to Montreal Mafia

Canadian drug trafficker Stephen Tello, known as “Catboy,” came within a whisker of being murdered on the orders of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who suspected the former real estate agent was stealing from him. (Montreal Gazette)

Canadian Robert Schellenberg sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling

A Chinese court has sentenced a Canadian man to death on accusations of drug trafficking, a move that could escalate tensions between the nations as they feud over the fate of two other detained Canadians and a Chinese executive of Huawei Technologies Co. (National Post)
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One dead, 12 more hospitalized after suspected Fentanyl leads to ‘mass overdose’

CHICO, Ca. - A “mass overdose” in a California home Saturday morning left one person dead and another 12 hospitalized after police say the victims may have ingested fentanyl, a powerful opioid. (Fox News)

Man on meth arrested after nearly 80 false 9-1-1 calls

WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg man has been charged with public mischief after police say he got high on meth and made 79 fake calls to 911 in a five-hour period starting late New Year's Day. (CBC)

Vancouver seeks to pioneer ‘safe supply’ for hard drug users

VANCOUVER - Pig de-wormer, Comet, plaster and, increasingly, the infamously deadly opioid fentanyl. These are some of the substances Sarah Blyth and the Overdose Prevention Society find when they test street drugs brought in every week by users in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. (Vancouver Sun)

Hells Angel member, drug dealer’s daughter marry

MONTREAL - A wedding between a full-patch member of the Hells Angels and the daughter of a notorious drug trafficker drew members of organized crime to downtown Montreal on Saturday. (Montreal Gazette)

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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