|A grand jury has indicted Clifford Reed, 27, on charges of selling carfentanil in Chicago, the first time someone has been charged with selling the drug. Reed is charged with selling about a kilogram of heroin mixed with carfentanil and fentanyl.|
Reed allegedly offered to sell the informant a kilogram of the mixture for $65,000. After the sale, the informant asked Reed about overdoses. “You got to cut it or they will die,” Reed allegedly warned. Reed told the informant he could get rich selling the mixture. “I’m telling you, bro. You going to have $1 million quick, one month — $1 million, on my mama,” Reed said.
Carfentanil is 100 times stronger than fentanyl and 10,000 times stronger than morphine. Carfentanil and fentanyl are added to heroin to increase its strength and hence it's supply which is leading to exponential deaths across North America.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
|There are no new insights about Mucuk's death. The 45-year-old was the leader of the Turkish faction within the Hells Angels during a power struggle with the more established Frankfurt Hells Angels chapter.|
Friday, December 30, 2016
|While many lives continue to be lost to the fentanyl crisis, those who survive an overdose often suffer serious brain damage with little to no chance of making a recovery. Doctors say 90 per cent of fentanyl overdose patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) have suffered brain trauma they will not recover from even though they received the life-saving antidote naloxone. |
First responders can restart the heart in many cases but the brain has already suffered a catastrophic injury from the length of time — sometimes minutes — that the brain has gone without adequate blood flow.
|It costs at least $5,000 a day to care for one brain injury patient in the ICU. Now more people are staying within the ICU and they have no chance of ever getting better.|
It’s another tragic outcome from fentanyl and carfentanil. People will end up in long-term institutions, where they will never have a meaningful life. To use an older term, they are in a 'vegetative state.' and will never recover.
|Calgary police made a massive fentanyl bust, seizing a record 35,321 pills from a home in the southwest — more than three times the previous benchmark.|
Thursday, December 29, 2016
|Australian police have cracked a trafficking ring, arresting 15 people in operations during which they seized 500kg of cocaine, in addition to some 600kgs confiscated earlier, making it the largest drug seizure in Australian history. In March 2016, 606 kilograms of cocaine worth A$197 million (US $142 million) bound to Australia off the coast of Tahiti was seized.|
|Police arrested three men and discovered a stockpile of 500kg of cocaine on a fishing trawler off the NSW Central Coast after it returned from a vessel reportedly coming back to Australia from Chile. The cargo is estimated to be worth as much as A$163 million (US $117 million).|
Men were arrested in Sydney and across other Australian cities during related drug raids.
The gang members used fishing boats to import the cocaine from South America.
|Phil Boudreault has made good progress in his recovery from a shooting this past spring, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his girlfriend to help with his medical costs. Boudreault was shot in the back while riding his motorcycle near Lachute, Que. on April 16 and suffered a spinal cord injury. Boudreault, 41, was vice-president of the Hells Angels Ontario Nomads. The chapter was shuttered in September.|
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
|Marco Pizzi has also been the victim of a murder attempt on August 1st in Montreal.|
Similar waves of arson shook the mafia during 2009, 2010 and 2011, at the height of a putsch against Vito Rizzuto. Since the death of the godfather, the clan of the Sicilians has faced new attacks. Since March three lieutenants have been killed, Lorenzo Giordano, Rocco Sollecito and Vincenzo Spagnolo.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
|At one point more than half of Quebec's most wanted criminals were hiding in the Dominican Republic. Of the 10 people on the most wanted list, six were members of the Hells Angels who fled the province during a massive anti-biker police operation in 2009. The six of them are accused of a combined 22 murders.|
The bikers have everything they need in the Dominican Republic. They've even organized a chapter there. A biker gang by the name of Los Barracos in the Dominican city of Cabarete became an official chapter of the Hells Angels in 2009.
|The case of David "Wolf" Carroll illustrates the complexity of efforts to apprehend fugitives. In 2004, information led police to believe Carroll was living in Puerto Plata. When Dominican authorities arrived at the house he was renting, he had already fled. They had missed him by weeks.|
Criminals seek out the Dominican Republic for simple reasons. The cost of living is low and there is ample opportunity to take advantage of corruption. There is no bilateral extradition treaty between Canada and the Dominican Republic.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
| Items seized during Operation Titanium:|
Four kilograms of cocaine
30 pounds of marijuana
A kilogram of hash and pills
$340,000 in Canadian cash
aluminum bat with five blades taped to the end.
Also seized were two vehicles ,a 2015 Cadillac Escalade and a 2013 Ford Focus, cellphones and money counters and various drug paraphernalia.
David Woolridge, 44
David Laramee-Lapierre, 35
Raymond Shea, 39
Pamela Shea, 36
|The Hells Angels celebrated their 39th birthday in Canada on December 17th at a Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel hotel. Police noticed that some of the bikers displayed the name of the city on the front of their jacket. This means that the Quebec section is officially reopened after being inactive for almost eight years since Operation SharQc on April 15, 2009.|
Four of the five Hells Angels chapters are active; These are the Montréal, South, Trois-Rivières and Québec sections. Only Sherbrooke is still inactive.
Friday, December 23, 2016
|A man known as the “Godfather of Grass” has been arrested in Canada after eight years on the run. Police sought John Robert “Johnny” Boone after they seized 2,400 marijuana plants on his Kentucky farm. The agency said he was arrested Thursday when information led authorities to a small town outside of Montreal.|
|Boone, 73, spent more than a decade in federal prison after being convicted in the 1980s in what prosecutors called the “largest domestic marijuana syndicate in American history.” He had 29 farms in Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Wisconsin. The group became known as the “Cornbread Mafia,” and Boone was the leader. Boone is awaiting extradition to the U.S.|