SNC Lavalin – its about “playing true”

Sometimes non-lawyers ask me about the SNC Lavalin situation – some don’t get what all the fuss is about. And I get why they don’t get it  – while most lawyers across Canada were troubled by the prospect of the interference in a prosecution by politicians for political gain occurring in Canada, I think it [...]

Alleged drug dealer in Vancouver tied to Silk Road facing extradition

A Vancouver man, James Ellingson, is the subject of an extradition request by the US, based on charges that include money laundering and narcotics importation from the Southern District of New York. Ellingson was arrested in Vancouver on October 29, 2018, under an Extradition Act provisional warrant. According to the SDNY, Ellingson sold drugs on the darknet [...]

Former DEA Agent says they were caught off guard on “deep infiltration” of Mexican cartel drug trafficking operation in Canada

Notorious Sinaloa cartel Andrew Hogan, a former agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), who, as part of a multi-agency task force that included Homeland Security Investigations, successfully hunted and located the most wanted cartel leader in the world, El Chapo Guzman, says that when monitoring the Sinaloa’s activities, they [the DEA] were most surprised [...]

In Canada, people associated with the Mafia and drug dealers are issued cannabis licences according to CBC News Report

According to a news story in French on CBC News, the government of Canada has issued licences to a cannabis company that has ties to the Mafia, and to major drug traffickers and Canada has also issued another licence to a cannabis company whose shareholders include major drug traffickers. The journalist in the story notes [...]

Oxymonster sentenced to 20 years for money laundering and dark net drug sales

A foreign national from France, known on the dark net as OxyMonster, was sentenced to 20 years jail in the US for selling drugs such as fentanyl, online, and laundering the proceeds of crime. Gal Vallerius, 36, pleaded guilty to drug distribution and money laundering in Miami in June for selling cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, oxycodone and [...]

Did Canada just seize enough carfentanil from an alleged drug dealer that could have been used to kill hundreds of millions of people?

Last fall, the police in Ontario arrested a person named Maisum Ansari who lives in the suburbs of Toronto, who had in his home approximately 42 kilograms of carfentanil, or a substance containing carfentanil. 42 kilograms of carfentanil is a massive amount and likely the largest seizure by law enforcement in the history of seizures of carfentanil. [...]

US and China continue joint investigation into fentanyl trafficking

This week, US and Chinese law enforcement announced the continuation of a joint investigation into fentanyl production and trafficking with a view to tackle the problem through money laundering investigations to identify TCOs involved. As part of the announcement, China said that on September 1, 2018, it banned two fentanyl variants. In February 2017, China [...]

US indicts two Chinese foreign nationals for operating criminal enterprise, international money laundering and selling fentanyl

The US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced the unsealing of a 43-count indictment against two foreign nationals from China for allegedly manufacturing, advertising, selling and shipping fentanyl, carfentanil and other deadly drugs to several countries including the US and Canada, which resulted in the deaths of American citizens. They are also charged with operating a [...]

Another Bitcoin exchange owner murdered – Bitcoin exchange owner in Vancouver, Canada, identified by the police as a drug trafficker and member of organized crime, killed in Mexico

Another Bitcoin exchange owner murdered A Bitcoin exchange owner, Giuseppe Bugge, was murdered in Guadalajara, Mexico, last week, possibly by a Mexican drug cartel. Bugge was ambushed by eight to ten men and over-killed with 140 bullets from AK-47 and AR-15 assault guns. Bugge operated a Bitcoin exchange called GS Crypto Currency Ltd. in Vancouver, Canada, [...]

Another Canadian in Bitcoin, who was the 3rd largest fentanyl dealer, indicted by US in Operation Darkness Falls

Operation Darkness Falls nets Canadian fentanyl dealer The US DoJ, Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the US Postal Service and DEA announced several arrests in Operation Darkness Falls, an international operation that sought to ferret out the identities of people selling illegal drugs, especially fentanyl, on the darknet that accepted Bitcoin and other digital currencies [...]