Friday, July 12, 2024

Europe flooded with cocaine despite coronavirus trade disruptions

BRUSSELS - Latin American drug lords have sent bumper shipments of cocaine to Europe in recent weeks, including one in a cargo of squid, even though the coronavirus epidemic has stifled legitimate transatlantic trade, senior anti-narcotics officials say. (The Province)

Alleged top Mafia boss arrested again before he took even one step out of prison

The only semblance of freedom a man who was once named as the top Mafia boss in Toronto enjoyed after winning his parole was the narrow view from a window as he was driven from one prison to another.(National Post)

B.C. gangs changing tactics as closed borders, COVID-19 deal impact

VANCOUVER - Gangs and organized crime groups in B.C. are changing how they operate and run their illegal business due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, police forces say.(The Province)

4 biker gang members busted in New Brunswick

Police have arrested four men in connection with an ongoing investigation into outlaw motorcycle club activities in New Brunswick. The RCMP say the arrests were made between Feb. 17 and April 9 in Edmundston, Drummond, California Settlement and Moncton.(Global News)

Montreal hitman who claimed he took part in 42 homicides on day parole

A hitman who once claimed to police that he took part in 34 contract murders and killed another eight people for personal reasons has been released to a halfway house as he tries to rid himself of the effects of having been behind bars for most of his adult life. (Postmedia)

At least 19 die in drug cartel shoot-out in Northern Mexico

CIUDAD JUAREZ — A shootout between suspected drug cartel hitmen has killed 19 people in the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua, the state government said on Saturday, in one of the country’s worst outbreaks of gang violence this year. (Toronto Sun)

Drug probe deals Hells Angels in S.W. Ontario a blow

A Southwestern Ontario drug-trafficking probe that saw three alleged Hells Angels charged deals a significant blow to the gang’s ability to make money in the region, says a senior London police officer. (London Free Press)

8 charged in Newfoundland Outlaws club bust

An RCMP operation called "Project Barbarian" has led to eight people charged with drug trafficking in Grand Falls-Windsor after a weekend raid. At a news conference Wednesday morning, police said they have laid eight charges of trafficking cocaine related to the bust, which happened at the Outlaws Motorcycle Club clubhouse in Grand Falls-Windsor on Saturday, while about 30 people were inside. (CBC)

Money laundering probe is NDP’s lethal political weapon

Coverup? What coverup? That was the theme from the B.C. Liberals on Monday as this province’s long-awaited public inquiry into criminal money laundering kicked off in Vancouver. The inquiry, headed by Justice Austin Cullen, is supposed to be independent from government. And that’s a good thing, because this issue has become a witch’s brew of partisan political poison. (The Province)
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Police seize nearly $10 million in meth and bricks of cocaine in Calgary raid

Last week, officers seized nearly $10 million worth of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine from a vehicle near Drumheller. The investigation began in November, when police received information from other agencies linking a Calgary resident to the transportation of drugs across Canada. (Calgary Herald)

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