Thursday, April 26, 2018

Cross Border Drug Bust

The Vancouver Sun is reporting that "Charges have been laid against a British Columbia man who is accused of trafficking more than 100 kilograms of drugs between the United States and Canada. RCMP Chief Supt. Keith Finn said a six-month, cross-border investigation with authorities in the United States found two vessels meeting on multiple occasions just south of San Juan Island, between Vancouver Island and Washington state."

"Police seized 55 kilograms of cocaine, 47 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and more than a kilogram of heroin in February 2017 after one of the vessels docked in Canada. Two high speed vessels, firearms and $150,000 in cash were also seized." Show me the money. "William Barnes, 51, of Saanich has been charged with multiple drug trafficking and firearms offences."

Seizing that much cocaine and crystal meth is a good thing. However two concerns arise. Saanich - was this a HA associate or just another HA rival? The other obvious concern is cross order policing. The last time this bad idea materialised, the US cops wanted diplomatic immunity in Canada after they found out that cops can actually get charged with murder in Canada for shooting suspects not in self defence. Cross border policing is a bad idea. Giving armed US cops diplomatic immunity to operate in Canada is pure insanity.

BTW Why don't the police arrest the street level dealers selling crack, crystal meth and fentanyl in the DTES and on the Surrey Strip? Confronting police corruption and disrupting street level drug trafficking was the New York Model. I was there. I saw it.

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