Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Drug company founder convicted of bribing doctors with money, strippers to sell fentanyl

A pharmaceutical company founder accused of paying doctors millions of dollars in bribes to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray was convicted Thursday in a case that exposed such marketing tactics as using a stripper-turned-sales-rep to give a physician a lap dance. (CBC)

Notorious B.C. drug smuggler busted again

Less than a year after B.C. skipper John ‘Phil’ Stirling was released from a U.S. prison where he served seven years for cocaine smuggling, the controversial sea captain is back behind bars. (Vancouver Sun)

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)

Drugs, weapons linked to Brothers Keepers gang seized by Delta police

DELTA - Police say they have seized a significant amount of drugs, including a suspected bulk quantity of fentanyl, from a known criminal organization.Delta police say in a news release that drugs and weapons were recovered on Feb. 15 when members of their drug section went into a Surrey home linked to the so-called Brothers Keepers gang. (Vancouver Sun)          

Abbotsford man gets 7 years for smuggling ecstasy to U.S.

VANCOUVER - Nathan John Hall, 41, was arrested in Abbotsford in April of 2013 after he and another smuggler tried to bring more than 20 kilograms of ecstasy into the U.S. On Friday, he was given a seven-year prison sentence at the U.S. District Court in Seattle, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. (The Province)
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Unprecedented manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers in fentanyl overdose deaths

SASKATOON - First, it was the unprecedented warning about the possibility of cocaine laced with the opioid. Now, it’s the decision — unprecedented in Saskatchewan, according to police and provincial justice officials — to lay manslaughter charges in a drug trafficking case. (Saskatoon Star Phoenix)

Man killed in Kamloops drug war shot dead in case of mistaken identity

KAMLOOPS - RCMP have confirmed that a man killed in an on-going drug war in the region was a victim of mistaken identity. On Jan. 23, Rex Gill and Cody Mathieu were shot and killed at the Kamloops Comfort Inn and Suites. According to Kamloops RCMP, the investigation has confirmed Mathieu was an intended target but Gill was gunned down accidentally. (CBC)
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  • Cocaine smuggler with ties to the Mafia shot dead in Laval

    MONTREAL - An ambitious cocaine smuggler who had ties to the Montreal Mafia died in a hospital early Thursday afternoon after he was shot in Laval’s Vimont district just before midnight Wednesday. (Montreal Gazette)

    Hells Angels targeted in early morning raids in Quebec, New Brunswick

    A total of 32 people were arrested in a series of early morning raids on Thursday targeting drug-trafficking networks in eastern Quebec and New Brunswick with alleged ties to the Hells Angels. The raids, conducted by the Sûreté du Québec, were carried out in 20 different communities across the two provinces, including in the Lower St. Lawrence region, the Gaspé and the Magdalen Islands. (CBC)

    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)

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