|The crown presented a list of 11 events where the guns, which ballistics experts determined shared the same characteristics as those made by Huot, were either used in Mob hits, seized during drug trafficking investigations or found abandoned in public areas in Quebec and Ontario.||One was the submachine used to execute gang leader Ducarme Joseph in 2014.|
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
|Socrates S. Kokkalis, 34, the youngest son of a Greek billionaire has died in Ohio of a fentanyl overdose. He was found in Cleveland's downtown Marriott Hotel. Though an official cause of death is pending, police believe it to be an overdose, with a bag believed to contain a mix of cocaine and fentanyl found near his body. |
Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes Jr, 35, was found dead in the bathroom of his home, along with a plastic sandwich bag containing cocaine residue and two syringes that later tested positive for fentanyl.
| 35-year-old Chauncey Griffin had $1-million in cash and at least 37 guns when he was arrested last month. He is the suspected leader of a massive heroin and cocaine ring in Milwaukee. Griffin faces 18 charges ranging from drugs and illegally carrying guns to conspiracy to making a firebomb.|
He is accused of being the main supplier for nearly two dozen drug dealers in the area. Griffin was one of 23 people arrested as part of a months-long drug investigation. Police described him as a 'kilo' level dealer of cocaine and heroin.
|Authorities searched a storage unit linked to Griffin and found a BWM with 2 kilograms of fentanyl-laced heroin in the trunk, and pure fentanyl. |
In another storage facility they found 34 guns of various kinds, between $800,000 and $900,000 and photos of Griffin posing with the cash. Two presses were seized. These were used to press cocaine and heroin that had been cut with buff. Griffin remains jailed.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
|The Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast offloaded approximately 7,800 kilograms (Over 8.5 tons, 17,000 pounds) of cocaine, worth nearly $260-million wholesale.|
| More than 5,000 kilograms seized by Steadfast’s crew was recovered from one panga-type fishing boat.|
The smugglers dumped their cocaine load and evaded capture following a high-speed chase but their trail of cocaine bales is one of the largest loads to be intercepted from a single small vessel in years.
|Cocaine and heroin seizures have hit record highs reflecting increases in supply, according to the 2018 World Drug report.|
|In March the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf offloaded more than 36,000 pounds of cocaine.|
|Benjamin 'Notorious' Geppert, 26, blew a kiss to the cameras as he walked free from court despite pleading guilty to charges in the Southport Magistrates Court. Charges included public nuisance, obstructing police, three counts of possessing dangerous drugs, possessing drug utensils and one Commonwealth offence of using a carriage service to harass.|
Geppert, a former Hells Angels, was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for three years.
|The judge said Geppert has a four page criminal history, consumes steroids, deals drugs, and gets into fights in public. He also said there was another side to Geppert, and people in his life could 'see under the tattoos'. |
Geppert and his girlfriend, Allaina Vader (also known as Jones), 27, were arrested in May after police raided their home. Vader was charged with assaulting a woman during a road rage incident on May 17. Police alleged she bit the face of a 40-year-old woman and stomped on her head. She was granted bail in May.
Monday, July 16, 2018
|Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Gang Task Force arrested three and seized over 13 pounds of fentanyl during a raid at a Wilmington home. The bust is the largest fentanyl seizure in New Hanover County. Earlier this year, the sheriff's office confiscated 3.3 pounds of the opioid. William McIntire, Charles Batts, and Wanda Moore face scores of charges.|
|On average, 3 to 4 people a day die from overdoses in North Carolina. Opioid poisoning deaths have risen from fewer than 200 in 1999 to 1,505 in 2016.|
In 2016, 64,000 people nationwide died from a drug overdose, or one American every nine minutes.
|Guatemala seized a semi submersible with 823 kg of cocaine. The drugs were transported in packages depicting Brazilian football star Neymar.||3 Colombians who were on board were detained.|
|On May 7, 2018, the Guatemalan Ministry of National Defense, in a combined operation with the U.S. Coast Guard, intercepted a merchant vessel 300 nautical miles off the Pacific coast of Puerto Quetzal in international waters. Authorities seized 3 tons of cocaine, the largest ever cocaine seizure in Guatemala.|
|Long Luong is a remote commune in Vietnam's northern mountainous province of Son La. It was thrust in the national limelight after hundreds of police officers engaged scores of gangsters in a firefight in the last days of June.|
Major traffickers Nguyen Thanh Tuan and Nguyen Van Thuan, who were wanted for the trafficking of 890 kilograms of heroin, were shot and killed. They were not the first, and likely not the last, major drug dealers to set up their base in the commune, which lies just 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from the Laos border.
|Vietnam is a key trafficking hub for narcotics in and around the “Golden Triangle,” a lawless wedge of land that intersects China, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. |
The country has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of meth face the death penalty. This hasn't stopped drug overlords.
Sunday, July 15, 2018
|The current epidemic is not the first time fentanyl has shown up as a highly addictive killer. In the early 1990’s, DEA officers tracked a rash of fatal fentanyl overdoses in the northeastern U.S. They found between 126 and 300 dead users, all from the same designer drug. It appeared to investigators that someone had cracked the prescription’s recipe in an illegal lab and was now selling his secret to drug dealers and fellow "cooks".|
Their man was a one-time science fair champion and self-taught chemist in Wichita, Kansas, named George Marquardt.
|A retired DEA agent involved in the hunt for Marquardt calls him the very best illicit chemist in the history of American drugmaking. And one of the deadliest. He was described variously by reporters in the ’90s as a “mythical figure,” an “evil genius,” and a “serial killer.”|
| There is no comparing Marquardt to the fictional Walter White in the TV series Breaking Bad. Marquardt could manufacture the precursors and analyze them with his own home built mass spectrometer. Few illicit chemists have the sophistication or the equipment to make fentanyl in marketable quantities. But early in 1991, it became apparent that somebody was.|
The end came and Marquardt was sentenced to 25 years, eventually serving 22 before his release last year. As soon as he was jailed, the torrent of deadly fentanyl overdoses dried up. George Marquardt died last fall.
|Waterloo Regional Police have seized just under $500,000 in drugs, including carfentanil, luxury vehicles and nearly $250,000 in cash. The police investigation, called Project Variance, led to the arrest of five people — four from Kitchener and one man from Cambridge. They were arrested on June 28 and all but one remain in custody.|
|Assets seized included 2 Mercedes-Benz, two Audis, two Harley-Davidson motorcycles and two dirt bikes.||Police seized 468 grams of fentanyl and carfentanil, 3 kg of meth, along with other drugs. Five people face charges of trafficking. They are Mark Lucas, 31, Trevor Imeson, 43, Kimberly Murphy, 36, Michael Tughan, 30, all of Kitchener, and Patrick Lane, 33, of Cambridge.|
Saturday, July 14, 2018
|There are only two ways in or out of Castlepoint Dr. in Woodbridge, a quiet residential street where Cosimo Ernesto Commisso, 33, and his girlfriend, Chantelle Almedia, 26, were murdered last week. Investigators are gathering video cam and home security video along the street since the shooting, hoping for evidence. Commisso was related to Cosimo (The Quail) Commisso of Siderno, Italy, considered to be a top 'Ndrangheta organized crime boss. Some of his Canadian relatives had clashed with the Wolfpack gang.||There were two credible death threats against other men in the Commisso family in York last year, and they declined police protection.|
|Mihale Leventis||The threats came as the Wolfpack aligned itself with enemies of the GTA 'Ndrangheta. The killer on Friday morning was waiting for the couple to arrive in a white Mazda SUV. Almedia's body was found in the Mazda while Cosimo Ernesto Commisso was on the driveway. Cosimo Ernesto Commisso clashed in 2016 with Anastasios (Tassos) Leventis, the brother of drug trafficker Mihale Leventis, well connected to the Wolfpack. Anastasios Leventis was murdered in a brazen daylight hit in January 2017.||Chantelle Almeida|
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|Dead rich Mexican drug lords are spending millions building five-star air conditioned tombs fitted with satellite TV. The ultra-secure burial sites are even equipped with bulletproof glass and CCTV so family members can visit them without being gunned down.|
Amado Carrillo Fuentes was once the most powerful cocaine trafficker in Mexico with a personal fortune of 30b.
|Several leading members of the infamous Sinaloa cartel are buried inside the Jarines del Humaya cemetery in Culiacan. Unlike their many victims, the cartel bosses are buried in style. Most feature large portraits of the mobsters buried inside.||Hector Palma isn't dead yet but his final resting place is ready. It features a spiral staircase, banquet hall, kitchen and Wi-Fi.|
Heriberto 'The Cannibal' Lazcano of the Gulf Cartel died 2012.
|Some of the crypts look like chapels complete with stained glass windows and crucifixes while others resemble modern luxury apartments with glass doors and balconies.|
Arturo Beltran Leyva the 'Boss of Bosses' died in 2009. His tomb has Wi-Fi, satellite TV, air conditioning, two bedrooms and a kitchen.