Tuesday, July 31, 2018

'Purple Heroin' invading Ontario

OPP first warned about "purple heroin" this spring. Lab tests showed the drugs were a mix of heroin, morphine, fentanyl and carfentanil. Hamilton's public health unit issued a warning after multiple overdoses there. Purple Heroin has surfaced in St. Catharines, Timmins, Windsor, Peterborough, Sudbury and Ottawa. On July 10th Gatineau Police found 634 grams of purple heroin, their largest seizure ever. Purple Heroin
Most recently Collingwood OPP raised the alarm after purple heroin was seized there after a string of fatal overdoses.

The street drugs are purple from food colouring. Common problems related to purple heroin's extreme toxicity are cross contamination and 'hot spots' from improperly mixed concoctions. Police are yet again warning users to not use alone and to have naxolone available.

Mexican Drug Lords compete as Narco King of Instagram

Bikini-clad women, gold-plated assault rifles, wads of cash and bejeweled pistols are appearing on the social media accounts of Mexican cartel members as they compete to be Narco King of Instagram.

Using the hashtags #narcos and #narcostyle on Instagram and Twitter, Mexican Kingpins are showing off their extravagant lifestyles – paid for by cocaine users.

Tijuana student pulls 7 years in largest-ever fentanyl seizure

A 20-year-old Tijuana college student was sentenced in San Diego to more than seven years in federal prison for smuggling 78 pounds of fentanyl into the U.S. last December. Flavio Diego Rivera Davalos pleaded guilty in March to a drug importation charge, admitting that he attempted to drive through the San Ysidro port of entry with fentanyl in his car. The haul was the largest single fentanyl seizure at any port of entry.
Last week, CBP officers intercepted a 19-year-old U.S. citizen attempting to cross the border in San Ysidro with 61 pounds of methamphetamine, 14 pounds of heroin and 11,490 fentanyl pills. Prosecutors said it was the largest-ever seizure of fentanyl in pill form at a U.S.-Mexico port of entry.
See ----->Teen Drug Mule busted at Mexico border with massive load

Monday, July 30, 2018

Outlaws boss Ryan Daigneault walks on Hells Angels murder plot

The Crown withdrew the charge against Ryan Mark Daigneault, 42 for counselling to commit murder. Related firearm charges against co-accused Daniel Tranquair, 31, also were withdrawn.

The release of Daigneault won't help quell increased tensions between the Outlaws and Hells Angels. Cops warn the Hells Angels will need to push for retribution. The Hells Angels arranged an assault on Daigneault while he was in custody at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre.
Outlaws MC London chapter's clubhouse at 1103 Brydges St.
London Outlaws opened a new clubhouse and started a puppet club called the Filthy 15 last year. Just two weeks ago, Outlaws turned up at the Friday the 13th ride in Port Dover for the first time in years.

The OPP’s biker enforcement unit announced it was investigating two incidents involving threats and intimidation between Hells Angels and Outlaws members.
See ----->Hells Angels and Outlaws MC in conflict in New Brunswick

Russian Mob Boss Execution caught on tape

Mob boss Alexander Zhestokov was shot dead while celebrating his release from prison. The brazen hit took place inside the Dzhambul Bar in the city of Novokuznetsk in central Russia's Kemerovo Oblast region.

Cocaine deaths reach all-time high in England and Wales

About 875,000 people used cocaine in England and Wales last year, a 15 per cent year-on-year hike. Cocaine deaths increased for the sixth consecutive year. Deaths from cocaine have increased 16 per cent from 2016 alone. Deaths from fentanyl continued to rise in 2017.

Cocaine prices are at their lowest levels in more than 25 years and young people are finding it easily accessible.
A recent survey found that 8.4 per cent of 16 to 24 year-olds had used Class A drugs in the last year, compared to seven per cent in 2016/17. Figures from the UN's 2018 World Drug Report show that in 2016 the street price of a gram of cocaine in the UK was $54 (£41), the cheapest at any point since 1990. It is said the price is now as little as £30 for a gram. Cocaine is cheap, plentiful and easy to get, much like ordering pizza. Meanwhile purity has increased, making it more dangerous.

Pop star Demi Lovato overdosed on Fentanyl

Fentanyl has already been blamed for the deaths of rock legends Tom Petty and Prince. It has now been linked to the suspected overdose of pop star Demi Lovato, 25, who was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious at her Hollywood Hills home.

Fentanyl-laced heroin and cocaine has been seen at parties in Bel Air mansions. It has become the new ‘drug du jour’ among the rich and famous. A recording of the emergency call revealed Lovato was revived with Narcan. Demand for Narcan is now so great that US pharmacy Walgreens stocks it across 45 states.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Gangster's body exhumed after two raids by grave robbers

The body of a gangster who worked for Britain’s most infamous crime family has been exhumed by officials after his grave was desecrated twice in a week. William "Billy" Isaac’s final resting place was dug up by grave robbers who were hoping to find jewellery hidden among his remains.

The former boxer, who was a feared enforcer for the infamous Adams family in London, had been buried in the same plot as his mother in Manchester. Isaac died age 45 in 2013 after an accident in the Irish Republic.

Mexico; 48 assassinated in 8 states in 36 hours

A wave of violence has left 48 people dead in eight states in just 36 hours between Thursday and Friday. Guanajuato saw 26 homicides. In Morelos, the police chief in Yautepec was shot dead inside his home. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) has announced that it is going after the “plaza” in the state of Morelos.
In San Luis Potosí, a 44-year-old Uber driver was found dead. Another Uber driver was found dead in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. In Quintana Roo, a gun battle in Puerto Juárez — five kilometers northeast of downtown Cancún — left at least five people dead including a police officer.
See ----->Mexico: homicides up 16% in 2018

The McDonald’s Monopoly sweepstakes fraud

“Uncle Jerry” was behind a massive operation to fraudulently acquire tens of millions of dollars from the McDonald’s sweepstakes and other sweepstakes like it. Uncle Jerry was Jerome Jacobson, who was employed as a director of security and had responsibility of overseeing the production of valuable game pieces required to claim prizes in McDonald’s Monopoly sweepstakes. Jacobson used his position to distribute winning game pieces to relatives, friends, and other people he recruited. The operation was successful for over 12 years, before ultimately being broken up by the FBI.Jerome Jacobson
Jacobson embezzled more than $20 million in winning game pieces. Jacobson stole his first game piece in 1989 and gave it to a relative. At his trial he testified that from 1995 to 2001, he stole most of the games' high-value pieces, selling some to family and friends, who recruited others to join in. Forty-seven people eventually pleaded guilty. Jacobson was eventually sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Nevada busts two from Calgary with 126kg Cocaine, Meth

Haseeb Ur Rehma MalikBail for two Canadian men charged with more than 100 pounds each of cocaine and methamphetamine on U.S. Highway 93 has been increased to $1.5m each. Haseeb Ur Rehma Malik, 29; and Abdul Majid, 28, of Calgary were arrested July 18 for trafficking. Troopers found 135 pounds of cocaine and 144 pounds of methamphetamine in the sleeper berth of their tractor-trailer after stopping it for speeding.

Abdul Majid

Pill Mills - Doctors as drug traffickers

Former Delray Beach doctor Barry Schultz was re-sentenced to 157 years in prison on drug trafficking charges for operating a pill mill out of his office. A Florida appeals court ruled that a previous sentence of 25 years handed down almost three years ago was too light. Schultz prescribed as many as 20,000 narcotic pills, including oxycodone, between November 2009 and August 2010, to patients who didn’t need them.

Prosecutors called Schultz “greedy” as he was operating a cash-only pharmacy in Palm Beach and was pulling in $10,000 a week from his opioid trade. One man died.
In Maryland, Dr. Kofi Shaw-Taylor was sentenced to two, five-year concurrent sentences after pleading guilty to a charge of Medicaid fraud and another for conspiracy. The Attorney General said “Dr. Shaw-Taylor defrauded the state and helped spread the disease of addiction. Today we shut him down and will continue to prosecute others who choose to operate as drug dealers masquerading as legitimate health practitioners.”

In Atlanta, Dr. Gilberto Sanchez was indicted for operating a pill mill out of his office. Behind the brick facade of a family practice, Sanchez was operating multiple health care and money laundering schemes.
Sanchez was even running an addiction treatment center out of his practice ... as he was dolling out opioids.

Colombian Narco traffickers put $ 70k bounty on sniffer Dog

A police dog in Colombia that has sniffed out record amounts of drugs had to be relocated and given police protection after a gang put a $70,000 bounty on her head. Sombra has taken part in operations leading to the arrest of 245, and has found over nine tonnes of cocaine. The cocaine mainly belonged to the Urabeños gang, also known as El Clan del Golfo (The Gulf's Clan).
The gang has put a bounty of 200 million pesos to kill 'Sombra'. Sombra (whose name means "shadow") has been moved to the El Dorado airport in Bogotá for her own safety. Over last three years she became the "torment" of the gang. A few weeks ago her infallible nose discovered 5.3 tons of cocaine in Turbo (Antioquia), belonging to the 'Clan del Golfo'.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sex, Strippers, Stock options: perks from fentanyl maker Insys Therapeutics

Expensive dinners, a trip to a gun range, a paid vacation with strip club outings and stock options. Those were the perks provided to a Palm Beach County doctor from Insys Therapeutics for prescribing fentanyl, a recently unsealed whistleblower lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics alleges they hired a dental hygienist for the sole purpose of providing sexual favors to unidentified male doctors so they would prescribe its fentanyl spray, Subsys. The Insys manager who put the strategy into action was Alec Burlakoff, vice president for sales at Insys. Today, Burlakoff, along with Insys’ founder, CEO and other top executives, face federal racketeering and fraud charges.
The lawsuit shows how the pay-for-scripts fentanyl strategy took root. The litigation was kept under wraps for five years until the U.S. Justice Department joined the cause in May.

The lawsuit focuses mainly on two Palm Beach County doctors: Dr. Bart Gatz and Lisa Banchik of Boca Raton. They received $229,000 and $72,000, respectively, in 2½ years through a speaker event program Insys used to illegally bribe physicians to prescribe Subsys. Gatz was one of the top prescribers of Subsys in the US from August 2013 through 2015 and No. 7 on the money list for speakers fees. He denies doing anything wrong.
Insys CEO John KapoorInsys’ business plan worked wonders for the bottom line: $650m in revenues over a three-year period. It was also a deadly business. The company reported at least 908 deaths over five years in which its product Subsys was the primary suspected cause.

Federal prosecutors in a court filing yesterday said they plan to seek a revised indictment against Insys (INSY.O) founder John Kapoor and six former executives and managers that will “streamline” the case.
The 7 currently face charges including racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.
See ----->US Feds bust drug dealer John N. Kapoor