Friday, April 12, 2019

Career drug smuggler John Philip Stirling busted - AGAIN

B.C. man John Philip Stirling is awaiting trial 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 travelling north near Newport on April 9. The 65-year-old refused to cooperate after U.S. Coast Guard officials boarded his vessal. They found 28 seven-gallon jugs of liquid methamphetamine on board.

Sterling has a history of arrests stretching back more than 30 years from B.C. to the waters off South America.

Stirling aboard the 'Western Wind'
In 1989, he was convicted in a cocaine smuggling conspiracy and was sentenced to five years in prison. In 2001, his boat, the Western Wind, was stopped by American authorities in the Strait of Juan de Fuca with 2.5 tonnes of cocaine on board. No charges were ever 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.