WINNIPEG—Dane Bourget never thought his life would spiral into addiction. But when his roommate brought methamphetamine into their home, it started a decade-long journey in and out of treatment centres throughout Manitoba.
Surrey RCMP arrested two men linked to the Brothers Keepers gang at a South Surrey drug lab last week where police also seized large quantities of fake Oxycontin, Percocet and heroin pills plus seven semi-automatic firearms. (Vancouver Sun)
VANCOUVER - An automatic dispensing machine is now up and running on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It works similar to an ATM, but instead of cash, it dispenses opioids. (CTV)
WHITBY - In a tweet Wednesday night, Durham regional police say a man from Whitby is charged with criminal negligence and arson, as well as a charge of “production” under the Cannabis Act. (Toronto Sun)
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)
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)
VANCOUVER - Notorious Red Scorpion gangster Jarrod Bacon is back behind bars after testing positive for cocaine in violation of the special conditions imposed on him by the Parole Board of Canada. (The Province)
Canadian drug trafficker Stephen Tello, known as “Catboy,” came within a whisker of being murdered on the orders of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who suspected the former real estate agent was stealing from him. (Montreal Gazette)
It was March 12, 2015, and Stephen Tello was having second thoughts. The following day he was due to meet a man called Joe at a steakhouse in Toronto. Joe was a transportation broker who, for the right price, had told Tello he could smuggle huge amounts of cocaine into Canada. He could have drugs collected at sea in the Caribbean, he said, before swapping them onto fishing trawlers closer to Newfoundland, for safe passage to harbour. (National Post)
Officially, the Liberal Party wanted to legalize marijuana in order to remove the "criminal organizations, street gangs and gun-runners" associated with the drug, as Justin Trudeau put in a pithy bit of hyperbole during the 2015 election campaign.