Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Cross border drug ring dismantled

CBC is reporting that "Authorities have dismantled a drug-smuggling operation that they say involved large quantities of narcotics coming into Los Angeles from Mexico before being distributed in the U.S. and Canada by long-haul truckers. The cross-border operation dubbed "Operation Dead Hand" saw 19 people charged in two U.S. federal indictments for their alleged roles in the organized crime syndicate, including Roberto Scoppa, a Montreal man alleged by authorities to be a large-scale Canadian trafficker and Italian Mafia figure."

"A total of 10 people were arrested, including five from Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. Arrest and search warrants were executed in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary as well as in Texas, Florida and California. The RCMP said in a news release the Canadians arrested will face extradition to the United States to stand trial. The indictments allege the network trafficked approximately 845 kilograms of methamphetamine, 951 kilograms of cocaine, 20 kilograms of fentanyl and four kilograms of heroin, with a wholesale value of between $16 million US and $28 million US — a number that goes up exponentially in Canada." Dismantling drug rings is good.

The Montreal Gazette is reporting that "The brother of two well-known and now deceased members of the Montreal Mafia appeared at the Montreal courthouse Tuesday afternoon in an extradition case involving allegations that several people conspired to smuggle cocaine and other controlled substances from Mexico to the U.S. and ultimately Canada. Roberto Scoppa, 55, of Montreal North, is the brother of Andrea (Andrew) and Salvatore Scoppa. Both men were killed on different dates in 2019, in Laval and Pierrefonds respectively, probably as part of a conflict with the Rizzuto organization over control of the Montreal Mafia. An informant testifying in recent murder trials said both men were behind the deaths of several men tied to the Rizzuto organization who were killed in 2016." This is good work. Better than the CIA's bullsh*t.

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