B.C. fentanyl dealer Walter James McCormick sentenced to 14 years in prison
Walter James McCormick, accused of bearing "personal significant responsibility for hundreds of fentanyl-detected deaths in British Columbia", has been given 14 years in prison, in the first major fentanyl-related sentencing in British Columbia since the opioid crisis began.

He was sentenced Monday, after an extended trial that centred around the government's desire to create a new sentencing range for fentanyl trafficking, a case in which the Crown was asking for an unprecedented 18-year prison term.

Judge Bonnie Craig said that the skyrocketing increase of fentanyl-related deaths in B.C. could not be set aside when deciding the sentencing range.

Thousands of pills were seized in Project Tainted
McCormick was one of 10 people arrested in relation to Project Tainted, a police operation carried out in response to a rash of overdoses in October 2014. More than 29,000 fentanyl pills were seized in the months-long investigation, along with oxycodone, methamphetamine, heroin and guns.

While on bail, McCormick, who already had an extended history of drug trafficking, was subsequently charged with several new offences in Richmond, and had an additional 1,000 fentanyl pills seized on May 18, 2016.
Craig wrote that "when determining the appropriate sentence for Mr. McCormick I must take into account ... that an increasing number of people are dying due to the illegal sale of fentanyl," and that his criminal history showed "little evidence of any prospect for rehabilitation."
Martin Briand pulls 10 years for cocaine distribution
37-year-old Canadian Martin Briand, who was caught with 59 kilos of cocaine, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Seattle. The U.S. Department of Justice said Briand, who is also a French citizen, was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute cocaine after the cocaine was seized in December 2009.

Briand was on the run for six years before being arrested in December 2015 upon arriving at Vancouver Airport from France. He had been identified by Canadian and U.S. border agents as being extensively involved in smuggling cocaine into Canada.

“In just six months in 2009, this defendant made 29 flights in chartered aircraft between Point Roberts, Washington and points south without ever legally entering the U.S."
Former Kamloops Mountie Randi Love gets conditional discharge for cocaine possession
Despite having pleaded guilty to cocaine possession, a former Kamloops police officer will not have a criminal record — if she keeps her nose clean for 12 months. Randi Love was handed a conditional discharge with a year-long probation term, less than two weeks after she entered a guilty plea to a single count of possessing cocaine. Love had been scheduled to stand trial on three charges of trafficking cocaine.

“I’ve been through a lot in this process. My name was smeared through the media. . . . I’ve created a lot of stress and embarrassment for myself, my family and my fiancé.” Love resigned from the national police force in January 2016.
Randi Lynne Love
A former high-profile Kamloops Mountie accused of dealing drugs while a member of the national police force has yet to show up in person for a court appearance. Randi Love is facing three counts of trafficking cocaine. Her matters were on the docket in Kamloops provincial court on Thursday, but a lawyer appeared on her behalf.

Charges were laid against the 40-year-old in May. The allegations date back to three dates in June 2015, when Love was still employed as an RCMP constable, but was on injury leave.

Randi Love
A former Kamloops police officer has been charged with three counts of cocaine trafficking — with allegations she was selling the drugs while still employed as a Mountie. Randi Love, who has since retired from the RCMP, is accused of dealing cocaine on three occasions last June, while still a member of the RCMP.

According to court documents, the 40-year-old allegedly trafficked cocaine on June 13, June 22 and June 26.
Love retired from the RCMP after discovering she was the subject of a drug-trafficking investigation. This is not the first time Love has found herself at the center of a criminal proceeding.

In 2013, she was a key witness for the Crown in the fraud trial of her ex-boyfriend, disgraced RCMP Const. Trent Wessner. The two Mounties began living common-law in the summer of 2010.
Career Criminal Bruno Hudon busted again

Bruno "Moses" Hudon
Bruno Hudon, 62, a former member of the Hells Angels and brother of Quebec Chapter member Daniel Hudon, was arrested this morning in La Pocatière during a police raid against a network of alleged cocaine traffickers.

Bruno "Moses" Hudon was one of the co-founders of the Quebec chapter of the Hells Angels in 1988 and was vice-president. In 1994 he was expelled on good terms.

In 1999 Hudon was found guilty of burning down a peeler bar. The bar had forbidden him from entering wearing colors. A former associate of the club became informer and testified against him. In 2001 Hudon and some sixty Hells Angels, members of their affiliated clubs, and associates were arrested in a major investigation by the RCMP. He was sentenced to more than 50 months in prison in June 2003
During a ruling in April 2002 Hudon was described as controlling the distribution of narcotics for the La Pocatière region. In March 2012, a prosecutor from the Office of organized crime said the area belonged to the Hells Angels.
Fallen Saints Hounjet pulls lifetime firearms ban and 36 months
Armand Leigh Hounjet, 45, who was charged with seven firearm offences after police raided his home and businesses on Jan. 14, 2015 in connection with Project Forseti in Saskatoon has received a lifetime ban and 3 years incarceration — the minimum sentence for trafficking a prohibited firearm. He received a remand credit of 18 months, leaving him 18 months to serve.

Hounjet is currently serving a six-month sentence after pleading guilty in November to separate drug and gun charges in connection to Project Forseti. He is still awaiting trial on three organized crime charges. Hounjet was a full-patch member of the Fallen Saints, a Hells Angels puppet club.

Carl Allan Trobak, 29, entered guilty pleas to trafficking cocaine and possessing proceeds of crime.
The Project Forseti investigation culminated in coordinated raids on Jan. 14, 2015, which resulted in hundreds of charges against 20 men. Others before the court on various matters related to Project Forseti include Ryan William Hillman, Armand Leigh Hounjet, Layne Joseph James Boorman, Justin Murray Smith and Daryl Michael Nagy. Hillman and five other men have pleaded guilty in connection with a marijuana trafficking ring.
Fallen Saints president, Mark Michael Nowakowski, 46, will stand trial on charges related to organized crime, assault and the possession and trafficking of cocaine and fentanyl.

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Akron dealers charged in deaths by Fentanyl
Vernell Lavon Curry, 28, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and drug trafficking in connection with the June 21, 2016 deaths of Sara White, 25, and Abigail Hackett, 22.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office determined that both women died of acute fentanyl toxicity at Hackett's apartment. Heroin and fentanyl overdose deaths continued to claim lives at a stunning pace last year in Northeast Ohio. In Cuyahoga County alone, more than 500 people died after overdosing on heroin, fentanyl or a combination of the two.

Robinson pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge.
She faces a likely prison sentence of between 10 and 12 1/2 years.
An Akron man and woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a drug case federal prosecutors brought in the wake of a fentanyl overdose that killed a 37-year-old man. Leroy Steele, 37, and Sabrina Robinson, 36, were arrested after Thomas Rauh was found dead in his home. Both obtained fentanyl from a supplier in China and sold the drug in Akron.

Steele pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. The second charge includes a "death specification," which carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 20 years.
Fentanyl Ringleader Navarius Westberry pulls life in Kentucky for overdose
Drug trafficking ringleader Navarius Westberry has become the first person in Kentucky sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge for causing an overdose death attributed to fentanyl, prosecutors said Wednesday. Westberry was given the life sentence for his role in distributing fentanyl that resulted in a 25-year-old man's 2015 overdose death in Richmond.

Prosecutors said Westberry displayed "a callous disregard for human life in his quest for easy money," and said the life sentence sends a strong message to other drug dealers.
Federal overdose penalties applied in the case allow for prison terms of 20 years to life. In Westberry's case, prosecutors said he led a drug ring that shipped large amounts of heroin and fentanyl from Michigan to Richmond, Kentucky, for distribution. The drug ring operated in Richmond from early 2014 until August 2015.
Mario Vincent, 44 arrested - HA puppet club Devil's Riders.
Mario Vincent, 44, of Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu faces a slew of charges. He allegedly tried to escape police on Highway 116. A policeman then hung on to the vehicle, while his partner returned to the patrol car. At one point Vincent tried to crush the policeman hanging on his car. Mario Vincent could be accused of attempting to murder a police officer.
One of the policemen was taken to hospital for major head injuries. His colleague was treated for shock.

The 44-year-old suspect had recently been released conditionally while awaiting trial in a case of armed assault. In this case, Vincent was charged with breaking and entering, assault and assault with a weapon.
Carfentanil dealer busted in Chicago - “You got to cut it or they will die”
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.
Two milligrams of fentanyl is enough to kill a person. Two milligrams of carfentanil is enough to knock out a 2,000-pound African elephant. A 46-year-old Chicago man who died in September was the first person known to have died of carfentanil in Cook County.
252 pills seized by NL police in 'Operation Titanium' are Fentanyl.
Items seized during Operation Titanium:

Four kilograms of cocaine
30 pounds of marijuana
A kilogram of hash and pills
$340,000 in Canadian cash
two guns
bear spray
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.
Four were arrested: Dave Woolridge, 44, of St. John’s, Raymond Shea, 39, and his wife Pamela Shea, 36, of Pouch Cove, and Dave Laramee-Lapierre, 35, of Montreal. All are charged with conspiracy to traffic in cocaine, numerous charges of possessing cocaine and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possessing the proceeds of crime and money laundering.

David Woolridge, 44

David Laramee-Lapierre, 35

Raymond Shea, 39

Pamela Shea, 36
Cops bust 'Cornbread Mafia' kingpin outside Montreal
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.
Connecticut Police bust truck with 55 pounds of Fentanyl
47-year-old Erick Escalante, of Arizona has been arrested after one of the five largest fentanyl seizures on record in the U.S. The drugs were discovered in the cab of a tractor trailer during a routine traffic stop near Derby, Connecticut, about 10 miles west of New Haven.

Just three milligrams of fentanyl — an amount equivalent to a few grains of salt — is enough to kill the average adult male, meaning Wednesday’s 55-pound seizure involved about 8.3 million lethal doses. That’s enough fentanyl to kill every single one of Connecticut’s 3.6 million residents — twice.
Fentanyl overdoses increased 72 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to new data released last week by the Centers for Disease Control.

The DEA says Mexican drug cartels import fentanyl or the precursors needed to manufacture it from China, running rude clandestine line labs to manufacture Fentanyl, then smuggle it into the U.S., often mixed with heroin.

The DEA says Connecticut is the gateway to New England for the Fentanyl.
Two Bellingham brothers pull 10 years for smuggling cocaine into Canada
John Emmett Brown Jr., 46, and Derrick Louis Carter, 39, were charged in federal court with conspiracy to distribute cocaine for an incident on the night of Nov. 8, 2014. Carter was pulled over by a Whatcom County sheriff’s deputy for speeding on H Street Road. The road stretches a dozen miles along the border from Blaine to Lynden, a “notorious” rural area for drug smuggling.

Over a decade ago the brothers had been detained in the same wooded spot. Ten times Brown has been arrested in Canada and deported; Carter had been deported from Canada three times. U.S. agents set up a lookout. Moments later they saw silhouettes on the Canadian side, running by a ditch that marks the border.
RCMP responded and found Carter’s cousin, Victor Tyrone Peal, about ¾ mile north of the border. By midnight a second man Kyle Maurice Provo, of Surrey was arrested in the brush nearby. A third smuggler, Brown, escaped.

Three backpacks were found in the trees, with 29 kilos of cocaine. After an 11-day trial a federal jury found the brothers guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Defense attorneys noted that the two other defendants faced far less severe punishments because they “had the good fortune to be caught and charged in the Canadian criminal justice system.”
New Hampshire Man Gets 10-40 Years in Fentanyl Death
A New Hampshire man was sentenced to 10 to 40 years in prison for selling a fatal dose of fentanyl to a 31-year-old mother of two. Kevin Manchester, 27, faced life in prison for the January transaction that resulted in the death of Michelle MacLeod.

On January 22, authorities said Manchester "used Michelle MacLeod to drive him to Massachusetts where he purchased fentanyl and then sold a portion of that fentanyl to Michelle MacLeod." She ingested "just a portion" of the drug and died the same day.

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster said there have been over 200 fentanyl-related deaths in the state so far in 2016.
"Opioid and fentanyl misuse is our most serious public health and public safety problem," Foster said in a statement. "Fentanyl is a serial killer. Simply put, Mr. Manchester's sale of illegal fentanyl was a choice to sell poison to another human being. We will continue pursuing individuals who make selling this poison their business of choice and will hold them accountable."
Timothy Varga, alleged ringleader in criminal network arrested
40-year-old Calgary man Timothy Varga is the alleged ringleader of a crime network that stretched from Calgary to Vancouver. He is among 10 people charged in a bust that has resulted in 111 charges.

Varga has been charged with instructing a criminal organization, committing offenses for a criminal organization, recruiting members for a criminal organization, conspiring to commit an indictable offense, trafficking in cocaine, possession of property obtained by crime and six firearms charges.
Varga pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 1999 in connection with the brutal beating death of Stony Plain man Warren Blaine McCallum during a grow rip. After an initial beating by Varga and three others, which knocked out one of MacCallum's teeth, Varga was left alone with the man for about a half hour. He beat the incapacitated man with a baseball bat and stabbed him with a steak knife. Varga was sentenced to 14 years.

Others charged are Andrew McGuire, 41, Antonio Chavez, 23, Jason Hamilton, 40, Larissa Cowan, 25, Jared Kennedy, 32, Spencer Allan-Elliott, 26, Corey DeBakker, 19, Alex Wawia, 40 and Justine Brind-Suchar, 26.
Texas Mexican Mafia boss gets life without parole in Supermax prison
Appropriately known as the 'Menace' 38-year-old Texas Mexican Mafia boss Ruben Reyes was a true terror. If he had an order to kill you, you were as good as dead. Reyes was a “Lieutenant of Lieutenants” in the Texas Mexican Mafia.

In 2016 Reyes admitted killing fellow Texas Mexican Mafia member Ulysses Farias in front of his family. Reyes and a gang associate carried out the execution based on concerns Farias was talking to federal authorities. His second perceived sin was taking his wife with him on “dime” collection runs. The “dime” is a 10 percent tax imposed by the Texas Mexican Mafia on those who sell drugs in the gang’s territory.

Reyes also admitted to shooting and killing three other Texas Mexican Mafia members. They were executed for their alleged mishandling of $60,000. A Balcones Heights Police Officer, Julian Pesina was playing with his life by simultaneously claiming membership in the Texas Mexican Mafia and displaying gang tattoos while dealing drugs to the gang. Reyes ordered underlings to execute Pesina, which they successfully did.
Reyes seemed to have a bright future, but for reasons unknown the gang hierarchy disagreed. They sanctioned his murder and he was shot in November of 2014. Seeing no way out and with a fresh bullet wound he told police all he knew about the Texas Mexican Mafia’s rackets and dozens of murders. He admitted his involvement in 16 murders, but authorities believe he is tied to at least 35.

Ruben 'Menace' Reyes was sentenced to five consecutive life terms at the ADX 'Supermax' facility in Florence, Colorado, a place notorious for its harsh environment.
Known as the 'Alcatraz of the Rockies' Reyes will spend the rest of his life at the ADX 'Supermax' with terrorists such as Richard 'Shoe bomber' Reid, Abu Hamza al-Masri and Zacarias Moussaoui - the only person charged in the United States in connection with the September 11 attacks.
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