Tuesday, June 18, 2024

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)

B.C. man denied security clearance to paint warships because of Facebook friends’ gang connections

VICTORIA - A painter at a B.C. shipyard was denied government security clearance partly because he is Facebook friends with people linked to outlaw bikers and drug traffickers. (The Province)

Fighting a war with a water gun: Manitoba facing meth crisis

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.

N.S. man accused of murder is alleged member of drug cartel

HALIFAX - A Halifax-area man accused of murder was allegedly one of the kingpins of a Colombian drug cartel before he was arrested on a Venezuelan beach and extradited back to Canada, officials in South America say.(CTV NEWS)

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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  • Jump in assaults on Calgary police, transit officers due to meth

    A rise in methamphetamine on Calgary’s streets is to blame for a spike in assaults on law enforcement officers, officials say. In Calgary, the police service has reported 151 assaults on its officers through the first six months of 2019. That number alone is an increase over the average of 128 annual assaults on police officers the service reported over the last five years. (Calgary Herald)

    Canada facing shortage of legal pot as legalization looms

    The supply of legal pot in Canada will only meet 30 per cent to 60 per cent of demand after legalization, keeping the black market very much alive and stunting the government’s tax take, according to a new study. (Financial Post)
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  • Ucluelet mystery: Halls Angels behind murder of two sailors

    UCLUELET — The small craft harbour here in this stunning spot on Vancouver Island’s west coast is a hub of activity. (Vancouver Sun)

    Reality show doc, woman charged with drug rapes

    LOS ANGELES - A California physician who appeared in a reality TV dating show and an alleged female accomplice have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities said Tuesday there could be many more victims. (Toronto Sun)
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  • 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)

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