Friday, August 31, 2018

Cartel runs fuel smuggling at Colombia/Venezuela border

Rivers of gasoline flow across the border from Venezuela into Colombia’s La Guajira department, feeding an immense illegal market and enriching a new criminal group in the fuel smuggling world. Known as the Contraband Cartel, (Cartel del Contrabando) it controls the area’s lucrative fuel smuggling business.
Product travels from Maracaibo, the capital of Venezuela’s Zulia state, to the city of Maicao in La Guajira. Once Venezuelan gasoline enters Colombia, the price skyrockets 3,700 times, costing between $0.84 and $2.07 per gallon. La Guajira’s last city before entering Venezuela offers the sale of gasoline in “pimpinas,” plastic containers with a five-gallon capacity. The pimpinas are the last link in the fuel smuggling chain.

Any product that makes it to Santa Marta, the capital city of Magdalena department, further down on the Caribbean coast, would sell for $3.07
President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela announced an adjustment to the price of gasoline to the international standard specifically to put an end to the contraband mafias.

Fentanyl deaths keep rising in Western Canada

The total number of fentanyl-related deaths in Alberta was 330 as of June 30. This is up from the same period last year where 247 people died. On average, two die every day in Alberta as a result of an opioid overdose. In B.C. more than 105 people died in June bringing the 2018 total so far to 742. That’s on track to match 2017’s record total of 1,451. March 2018 was the worst month ever in British Columbia with 162 fatal overdoses.

Since B.C. declared a medical emergency in April 2016, B.C. Coroners Service figures show 2,895 people have died.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

HA William McCabe busted for Cocaine operation

William McCabe, 47, a member of the Hells Angels and two members of a support club, along with 7 others are facing numerous charges after being arrested for their alleged roles in a cocaine distribution network across northern Alberta.

Five kilograms of cocaine, a half-kilogram of the buffing agent phenacetin, cannabis resin, and a handgun were seized along with multiple vehicles, motorcycles and $13,000 in cash.
For the first time ever in Alberta, police laid an instructing a criminal organization charge against a current member of the Hells Angels. Police say McCabe was the “primary facilitator” of the drug network.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Man who tried to murder Hells Angel at Vancouver airport gets 11 years

Knowah Ferguson, 21, was hired to commit murder, including Hells Angels Damion Ryan. He walked behind Ryan and UN gang associate Thomas Duong, who was seated with Ryan and who had set up the Hells Angel, and pointed a gun at the back of Ryan’s head, pulling the trigger. The gun jammed.

Ferguson pleaded guilty to the April 2015 attempted murder and to a conspiracy several months later to murder an unidentified Surrey man.
His Lower Mainland contacts were said to be the UN gang.
After receiving credit for pre-sentence custody, Ferguson will have about 6 1/2 years of prison time remaining.

Hong Kong seizes 26kg Cocaine

Hong Kong Customs seized 26 kilograms of cocaine and about 1 kilogram of crack cocaine worth HK$30 million on Monday.

The cocaine was found hidden in the door rims of a 20-foot container which arrived from Colombia.
In the first six months of 2018, police seized a total of 355kg of cocaine – double the 180kg haul in the same period last year. Trafficking carries a maximum penalty of life and a HK$5 million fine.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Gang boss 'Donkie' dodges death for the sixth time in 15 months

Cape Town gang boss Jerome “Donkie” Booysen has dodged death for the sixth time in 15 months. The leader of the Sexy Boys gang came under fire at a Mall shortly after having lunch. In March, Booysen was driving when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle. Booysen survived the attack because his car, a black Porsche Cayenne, is bulletproof.

There were four attempts on Booysen’s life last year, including one at the Cape Town International Airport. The first attempt was in May, when he was shot in the neck in a drive-by shooting. The second attempt was in September when the car the shooters thought he was travelling in was shot at 50 times, with 21 bullets hitting the target.
In October, another attempt on his life was made at the airport where the gang boss was hit four times in the upper body. His killer's gun jammed. A week later, while recovering at a Bellville hospital, an assassin allegedly tried to take Booysen out with snake venom.

Fentanyl/Carfentanil Math

It has been reported that a fatal dose of fentanyl is around 2mg. Assuming a 2mg dose, a total of 5,000 street doses can be made from 1 gram of fentanyl. With a street price of $ 10 per 'bean' a gram of pure fentanyl will become 'worth' $50,000. By extension, a kilo of pure fentanyl would be 'worth' $50m.

The math gets strange with Carfentanil. Assuming 100X the potency of Fentanyl, a gram of Carfentanil would produce 500,000 retail doses. A kilo would be enough for 500,000,000 doses. (500 million)
Fentanyls requires buff which can be almost anything. Cocaine cutting agent phenacetin is often used. It was used and banned in the 70s as an analgesic and fever-reducing drug. Levamisole, caffeine, benzocaine, boric acid, acetaminophen, even rat poison, pig de-wormer and laundry detergent have been used.

In April 2017, Calgary police seized 83kg of phenacetin.

Vietnam sentences man to death for Cocaine Smuggling

A court in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City sentenced South African Coetzee Tyron Lee to death after finding him guilty of trafficking nearly 1.5kg (3.3 pounds) of cocaine. Lee was arrested in June 2016 upon arriving at the city's Tan Son Nhat international airport. Officials found the drug in his bag.
Lee said he was hired by a Nigerian to transport the drug for $3,500. His claims of schizophrenia did not sway the court. Vietnam has some of the world's toughest drug laws. Trafficking 100 grams or more of heroin or cocaine is punishable by death.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Allan 'The Weasel' Ross dies in prison

Allan 'The Weasel' Ross, a notorious organized crime figure from Montreal, has died of natural causes while serving a life sentence in the US. Ross died at a medical center in North Carolina. He was 74 years old and in poor health. He was jailed following his 1992 conviction in a major cocaine smuggling case.

Ross took over control of Montreal’s West End Gang in 1984 following the murder of Frank (Dunie) Ryan. A television packed with 30 pounds of explosives was delivered Nov. 25, 1984 to a Montreal apartment where the hit man believed to have been behind Ryan’s murder, was staying. The blast killed four and knocked a massive hole in the building on de Maisonneuve Blvd.
Ross ordered the hit and paid for it by erasing huge cocaine debts of the Laval chapter of the Hells Angels owed to the West End Gang.

Those debts played a role in another notorious event known as the Lennoxville Purge where 5 bikers were executed.

Fentanyl still for sale through Chinese websites

Drug users can still easily buy potentially lethal substances through Chinese eBay-style websites, UK's Guardian reveals. The paper examined one of China’s largest e-commerce websites, It hosts sellers that offer to ship synthetic opioids. While searching for “fentanyl” on the website returned zero results, the website offered related searches such as 'fentanil,' 'Fentanyl,' or 'Fentanyl patches'. Weiku also hosted people selling bromadol. Studies have shown that bromadol, which has not been tested on humans, is 30 to 10,000 times as potent as morphine, depending on the formulation.
One seller said: “Our fentanyl powder is very pure ... We can send [it] to you safely. Delivery will be done through UPS or Fedex.” They offered 50g for $700 (£540). Sellers on the site also advertised pentobarbital, a barbiturate that can be fatal.

Weiku said it did weekly inspections. “As an information platform, Weiku needs to make sure all information is legal but we are not accountable for the transactions.” The Guardian found another Chinese website, DIYTrade – China Product Directory, where fentanyl and carfentanil is openly sold. They offered 10g for $280 or 100g for $1,100. had dozens of listings under the search term “opioids”, although links to fentanyl appeared to be blocked. Other opioid analgesic drugs are sold. The website also hosts vendors purporting to sell Xanax and pregabalin, a medication used to treat epilepsy. Both are illegal without a prescription. The law in China has tightened, but they struggle with the speed at which their chemists are able to produce new variations on fentanyl, circumventing the ban.

67 kg Cocaine found in pineapples in Spain

Spanish police have seized 67 kg (148 pounds) of cocaine found inside dozens of hollowed-out pineapples at Madrid's main wholesale fruit and vegetable market.

The drugs were found among a shipment of pineapples that arrived in the Portuguese port of Setubal by ship from Costa Rica. Spain is the main entry point to Europe for cocaine from the continent, mostly from Colombia.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Cocaine Smuggler Guy Therrien whacked in Saint-Léonard

Well-known cocaine smuggler Guy Therrien, 53, was the victim of the 17th murder of the year in Montreal in Saint-Léonard. A 21-year-old man with Therrien was also shot and is in critical condition.
Therrien was sentenced to prison terms twice in the last 15 years. The Montrealer was on parole at the time of his assassination. His last arrest came in 2012 when he was busted along with nine others. An alliance of traffickers formed with the Montreal Mafia, the West End Gang and the Syndicate, a street gang known for ties to Hells Angels. Therrien pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 70 months in penitentiary. In March 2002, he was sentenced to four years in prison for a Colombian-based cocaine smuggling operation.

HA Christian Ménard sues Quebec for $ 3m

Sherbrooke Hells Angels member Christian Ménard is claiming $ 3 million from the Attorney General of Quebec, the former Chief Prosecutor of SharQc Madeleine Giauque and informer Sylvain Boulanger .

Accused of first-degree murder and conspiracy for murder during SharQc in 2009, Christian Ménard was released from all charges six years later. He remained "illegally incarcerated for 17 months" and was subjected to "demanding" conditions of release for five years, he said in his lawsuit.
Ménard denounces the "malice" and "blatant disregard" for the protection of his rights. "These breaches of the constitutional disclosure requirements are very serious, malicious, inexcusable and have caused serious damage." He argues he lives a "deep sense of injustice". He claims $ 2m for stress, loss of enjoyment and loss of liberty, as well as $ 1m in punitive damages. He describes himself as a "nationally recognized" fitness coach.

Influential Hells Angel Salvatore Cazzetta kicked off the lawsuits last May by suing authorities for $ 2m. Two weeks later, Daniel Beaulieu, a founder of the Quebec chapter of the Hells Angel filed a similar lawsuit.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

'El Mencho' escapes encounter with Mexican Army

A gunbattle took place this week in the town of San Julian, Jalisco. State police responded to an anonymous call of several men carrying firearms. When police arrived at the scene they were overwhelmed with firepower and called for backup. The gunmen were reportedly the personal bodyguards of Ruben Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera Cervantes, the leader of Mexico’s Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).
During the gun battle, the gunmen deployed .50 caliber machine guns, grenade launchers, and other pieces of artillery they had mounted on vehicles. The two sides fought for almost an hour until the gunmen escaped.
See ----->'El Mencho' becomes world's most wanted drug lord

Drug tunnel ran from KFC restaurant to Mexico home

Federal authorities have discovered a sophisticated drug-smuggling tunnel that went from a home in Mexico to an abandoned fast-food restaurant in Luis, Arizona, about 200 yards (180 metres) north of the border. Police began trailing the owner of the abandoned building, Ivan Lopez, and arrested him this month after finding methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl in the back of his truck.
The abandoned KFC which Ivan Lopez bought in April for $389,000Police don't know how long the tunnel had been used, but Lopez bought the property in April. According to court documents, the government believes Lopez is a well-trusted cartel member.

Nearly 200 cross-border tunnels that have been discovered since 1990. Border agents are seeing an increase in tunnels, which are expensive to build and take long periods of time to construct.
The tunnel will be sealed with concrete.

Cocaine dealer to be deported, another must repay $212K after serving prison term

The last of 14 people charged in a 2014 police probe that targeted high-level cocaine dealers in Manitoba are headed to prison. Jared Devloo 38, and Jason Ong 32, were convicted of a number of drug offence in October 2017. Devloo was sentenced to two 10-year prison terms to be served concurrently and fined $212,000 — the price the police agent paid for four kilos of cocaine in the covert operation.
Devloo must repay the money within five years of his release from prison or he will spend another three years behind bars. Ong, who received two eight-year prison sentences to be served concurrently, will be deported to the Philippines on his release.

Devloo was a property developer and owner of Jerway Holdings Ltd. He was one of the pallbearers for Frank Nucci, a high-level cocaine dealer with ties to organized crime who was shot to death in Montreal in 2005. Ong and Devloo were taken into custody at the end of the sentencing hearing.
Jared Devloo

Friday, August 24, 2018

Cocaine Pineapple Express: 2nd Shipment Seized at Delaware Port

Authorities at a Delaware port have found a cocaine shipment concealed inside pineapple boxes from Costa Rica — for the second time in a week. Wednesday's seizure topped the 99 pounds (45 kilograms) of cocaine found on Aug. 22. The release says the 244 packages of cocaine had "a combined weight of more than 100 pounds."

Thursday, August 23, 2018

24 years for attempt to smuggle half a tonne of cocaine into UK

Three men have been jailed for trying to smuggle half a tonne of cocaine into the UK on a private jet from Colombia. They were stopped at Hampshire's Farnborough Airport with 513 kilos of the drug in 15 suitcases after flying in from Bogota in January. Martin Neil, 49, Italian Alessandro Iembo, 28, and Spaniard Victor Franco-Lorenzo, 40, were found guilty. The three men were jailed for 24 years each.

They took off from Luton on a private jet costing £138,500. When they returned, officials looked past a few dirty clothes in their suitcases to find some 513 blocks of cocaine with a purity of around 79%.
The wholesale value was £15m but the cocaine could be sold for more than £41m on the street, the prosecution said. Despite the luxury mode of transport, they could have made more than £15m in profit from the trip. The defendants were not the masterminds of the operation.

Lawyers said their clients had been "deceived", believing they were off to Colombia to help with charity work and did not know the suitcases were packed with cocaine.