In September, police raided a hotel room and found 1,477 carfentanil blotter tabs.
|Blotter carfentanil — pieces of paper infused with the synthetic opioid — is being sold on the street as "drop dead" Winnipeg Police say. |
Winnipeg appears to be unique among Canadian cities in that there appears to be a market for carfentanil.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
|Gang-affiliated 22-year-old Christopher Pace, who moved to Kamloops to sell drugs with members of the Wolf Pack criminal organization pleaded guilty to drug and property charges. Pace, who has no criminal record, was described as a mid-level dealer in the organization by prosecutors who urged a jail sentence of 18 to 24 months.|
Defence lawyers called Pace “a runner” — a low-level street dealer — who was effectively a naive, young employee of the Wolf Pack. He suggested Hyslop impose a sentence of time served. Pace learns his fate July 8.
|The Wolf Pack — a coalition of gangsters from the Hells Angels, Independent Soldiers and Red Scorpions — set up the drug-trafficking enterprise.|
Pace’s arrest was part of a crackdown by Kamloops Mounties aimed at dismantling the local chapter of the Wolf Pack. Police said last year they conducted seven Wolf Pack-related raids in the first half of 2016.
|The Mexican Mafia, or “La Eme” is a U.S.-based gang made up primarily of Mexican-American street gang members. The Texas Mexican Mafia was formed by Heriberto “Herb” Huerta in 1984 at the Huntsville prison in Texas. The original purpose of the Mexikanemi was to bring Mexican nationals and Mexican Americans together in an attempt to defend against other predatory prison gangs like the Texas Syndicate. The Mexikanemi quickly grew into a formidable force within the Texas prison system, expanding exponentially. As members were released, the group focused on drug trafficking, extortion, murder, and robbery.|
The Mexikanemi soon spread to numerous other cities across Texas, including Houston, Odessa, Dallas, El Paso, Midland, and elsewhere.
|By the early 2000s, the Mexikanemi had become a powerful criminal force in Texas allied with numerous Mexican drug cartels. The group’s first major transnational alliances were established with the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, providing access to large quantities of narcotics.|
Soon the Mexikanemi expanded involvement into all aspects of the drug trade, including trafficking, wholesale supply, and retail sale.
|The Mexikanemi possesses a paramilitary structure that includes a president, vice president, generals, captains, lieutenants, sergeants, and soldiers.|
Heriberto Huerta remains president of the gang and continues to run the organization from his prison cell in the supermax federal penitentiary in Florence, Colorado. Benito Alonzo is the gang’s vice-president, and Robert Carreno is the leader of the group’s outside criminal activities. Huerta and Alonzo are estimated to have close to 5,000 Mexikanemi members under their control throughout Texas and parts of northern Mexico.
Benito Alonzo, vice-president for life
|The Texas Mexican Mafia is highly active in Texas. Additional income is generated through the taxation of local, street-level drug dealers. Dealers who refuse to pay this 10% tax or “dime” are subject to home invasions, also known as “door kicks.”|
Mexikanemi members are known for their brutality, killing anyone who attempts to obstruct or limit the group’s profits. The Mexikanemi are recognized as the most powerful and influential gang operating in south Texas.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
|Claudia Ochoa Felix has the millionaire life and army of bodyguards. The armed security of the Mexican beauty are not to protect her from over-zealous fans... but from assassins.|
After Los Ántrax boss Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa – known as El Chino – was arrested, his girlfriend is said to have been installed as the new chief. Her portrayal of a life of narcissism undercut her emphatic denial that she is La Emperatriz de Los Ántrax - the Empress of Los Ántrax, responsible for hundreds of bloody murders as the deadly Sinaloa drug cartel’s elite contract killer squad.
|A bloody war between drug gangs, raging in Mexico since 2006, has claimed over 100,000 lives. Anyone who threatens to stand in Sinaloa’s way is killed, with El Chino accused of being personally responsible for many murders, including the killings of the three hung from a bridge in 2011. That execution was seen as revenge after a Sinaloa leader was murdered by the rival Beltran Leyva cartel.|
Countless victims have been executed by the gang’s trademark chainsaw beheading. Despite a recent assassination bid, Felix refuses to quit her champagne lifestyle and is often seen in the clubs of Mazatlan, Culiacan and Guadalajara. But now she is always surrounded by armed men.
|Police say people that are counterfeiting illegal drugs – heroin, illicitly produced Xanax and Vicodin – are using fentanyl analogues as a substitute for other opiates because it’s cheap, highly potent and they can put make a lot of money.|
|Police say they face charges including theft, fraud, extortion, conspiracy and armed assault. The company used to be known as Remorquage A9.|
Some companies under contract with the city have ties to one of the main organized crime networks, be it the Hells Angels, the Mafia or street gangs.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
|The Hells Angels are back in Nova Scotia and police are expecting to see fully patched members across the province. The Hells Angels Halifax chapter was formed in 1984.|
In 2001, police raided the Hells Angels clubhouse on Dutch Village Road in Halifax. 20 people were arrested and the clubhouse was ultimately seized – leading to the chapter folding. A Hells Angels hang-around club was formed last year along Highway 7 in Musquodobit Harbour, N.S.
|David ‘Hammer’ Macdonald is being held responsible for bringing the Hells Angels back to Nova Scotia. Police say the London biker helped about 15 members of the Gatekeepers, a puppet club, move a key step closer to becoming full patch Hells Angels by awarding them hang-around status in June, 2016. The next step is becoming a prospect. Macdonald has established a lengthy resume in creating outlaw biker clubs. For years, he was president of the Outlaws in London, bitter rivals to the Hells Angels.|
When the Hells Angels moved into Ontario, Macdonald left his position as president of the London Outlaws and patched over to the rival club in 2001. 12 of the hang-around Hells Angels travelled to London last May to “kiss the hands of his new masters,” and returned with black vests carrying a red and white patch that reads London.
|Former Quebec customs officer Stefanie McClelland has been sentenced to serve 11 years in prison for her part in a cocaine smuggling incident at the Lacolle border crossing three years ago. The 40-year-old was found guilty by a jury in May of illegal drug smuggling and breach of trust for letting 182 kilograms of cocaine through the border checkpoint in 2014.|
|In December 2014, the RCMP also arrested Gregory Singh, a 28-year-old man from Kirkland, and Ariane Desgroseilliers-Lafrance, a 24-year-old woman from Montreal. The three arrests came after authorities uncovered a preconceived plot to smuggle the cocaine across the border. Among the evidence against McClelland was a text message between her and the leader, informing him that she was posted at a designated NEXUS customs booth.|
Seven minutes after she sent the text, a BMW pulled up and was let through after 36 seconds and no passport check.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
|On Monday, in the Bahía Blanca port city of Buenos Aires province, Argentinian officials found two metric tonnes of the drug in eight similar coils, the second-largest cocaine seizure in the country’s history, worth an estimated $60 million. |
Police believe the drug shipment originated from the Michoacán region in Mexico.