Monday, January 13, 2020

John Philip Stirling pleads guilty

John Philip Stirling pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Stirling faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, a $10 million fine, and five years of supervised release. He will be sentenced on April 20.
B.C. man John Philip Stirling was busted once again after authorities found 196 gallons of liquid meth on his boat off the coast of Oregon. He was arrested after his sailing vessel was discovered traveling north near Newport. The 65-year-old refused to cooperate after U.S. Coast Guard officials boarded his vessel. They found 28 seven-gallon jugs of liquid meth on board.

Sterling has a history of arrests stretching back more than 30 years from B.C. to the waters off South America. In 1989, he was convicted in a cocaine smuggling conspiracy and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Stirling aboard the 'Western Wind'
In 2001, his boat, the Western Wind, was stopped by US authorities in the Strait of Juan de Fuca with 2.5 tonnes of cocaine on board. No charges were laid in that episode. In 2006 he was busted again, this time with bails of pot. He again escaped unscathed.

In October 2011, the U.S. Coast Guard caught Stirling captaining a boat with 400kg of cocaine on board. Charges stuck, and he was sentenced to 90 months in U.S. federal prison.

He is reputed to have Hells Angels connections that date back decades.