Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Ex-Angels employee charged in Tyler Skaggs’ death

A former Los Angeles Angels employee is facing federal charges in connection with the 2019 overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Eric Kay, who worked in the club’s public relations department for 24 years, was charged Friday with illegal possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, according to a criminal complaint filed by Geoffrey Lindenberg, a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. (Ottawa Sun)

Licensed cannabis growers tied to organized crime: CBC

An investor in a major Canadian cannabis company has had longstanding ties, including business dealings, with influential Mafia members and drug traffickers. Another investor in the same company has links with a prominent member of the Rizzutos, the powerful Montreal crime family. (CBC)
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  • Chilliwack Mounties take down drug gang

    Mounties in the Fraser Valley say they have dismantled a major drug operation after a seven-month investigation. Officers found suspected cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin, loaded handguns and blasting caps after executing search warrants in both Chilliwack and Abbotsford. (The Province)

    Suspected B.C. drug trafficker missing in Mexico

    A Metro Vancouver man missing in Mexico has been identified as a target in an investigation linked to the E-Pirate money laundering case. Postmedia has learned that Rachid Ali Jalifi, 36, was reported missing to police after disappearing on a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico in late July. (Vancouver Sun)

    Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ guilty on all counts in N.Y. trial

    Mexico's most notorious drug lord, Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted guns and a naked escape with his girlfriend through a tunnel. (AP)

    Three full patch Hells Angels plead guilty to drug trafficking charges

    MONTREAL - Three full-patch members of the Hells Angels, including one of the biker gang’s founding members in Canada, and a member of the Repentigny police pleaded guilty to various drug trafficking charges at the Montreal courthouse on Wednesday. (Montreal Gazette)

    Nine jailed in landmark joint US – China fentanyl smuggling investigation

    Nine people have been jailed in China for smuggling fentanyl into the US, after a landmark joint investigation by American and Chinese officers. In August, US President Donald Trump said China was not doing enough to stop the opioid - 50 times more potent than heroin - being shipped to the US. The Chinese court said it was the first time US and Chinese officers had worked together on such a case. (BBC)

    Canadian arrested in Australia after 645 kilos of ecstasy found in shipment of 200 barbecues

    A Canadian man was arrested in Australia and accused of being a representative of a “high-level transnational organized crime syndicate” that imported 645 kilograms of ecstasy cleverly hidden inside a shipment for barbecues. (The Province)

    RCMP charge ex-Vice Canada editor with conspiring to smuggle cocaine into Australia

    TORONTO - The RCMP have charged a former Vice Canada editor and music journalist with conspiring to import large loads of cocaine into Australia, supporting allegations the National Post revealed in 2017. A sales agent for the media company’s Toronto operations was also charged. (National Post)

    Fugitive linked to B.C. men charged in China and Thailand

    Two B.C. men now in prisons in China and Thailand on serious drug charges were allegedly working for an international fugitive wanted in both Canada and the U.S. (The Province)

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