Thursday, May 23, 2019

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)

Huge marijuana bust shows black market still thriving

CANMORE - A massive drug bust in January is evidence that the black market for marijuana is still thriving, RCMP say. On Jan. 26, Mounties stopped a speeding pickup truck on the Trans-Canada Highway near Banff. (The Province)

Hells Angel on the run for 10 months arrested in the Dominican Republic

An alleged member of the Hells Angels’ Montreal chapter is expected to appear before a judge at the Montreal courthouse on Wednesday after having avoided arrest in an organized crime investigation for 10 months. (Montreal Gazette)

RCMP charge ex-Vice Canada editor with conspiring to smuggle cocaine into Australia

TORONTO - The RCMP have charged a former Vice Canada editor and music journalist with conspiring to import large loads of cocaine into Australia, supporting allegations the National Post revealed in 2017. A sales agent for the media company’s Toronto operations was also charged. (National Post)

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)

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