OFAC designates a judge and former state governor as Mexican cartel drug kingpins

Last week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC“) designated several people associated with the most powerful drug cartel in Mexico, the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (meaning the new generation cartel of Jalisco), as drug kingpins.  Added to the drug kingpin sanctions list is a Mexican Judge, Isidro Avelar Gutierrez, who is believed to [...]

Australian federal police uncover Bitcoin-related alleged international drug traffickers boasting about their luxury cars and mansions on social media

Two Bitcoin-related alleged drug traffickers living large and spending above their reported incomes In the last few months, the Australian Federal Police have arrested two well-known Bitcoin guys suspected of leading secret lives as international drug traffickers. Both alleged to the public that they had real jobs, one operating a digital currency exchange and the other an IT business, [...]

World’s leading company for communications tech for money laundering and drug trafficking used by top transnational criminal organizations for 10 years, created in Vancouver, Canada

World leader in organized crime communications was launched in Vancouver, Canada A Vancouver company, called Phantom Secure, a little over a year ago, was the world leader in providing illegal encrypted communication services for the top international drug traffickers in the world. But perhaps no more. On March 8, 2018, the CEO of Phantom Secure, a [...]

$15 million in heroin seized from Iranian truckers entering Bulgaria

The Bulgarian police have seized a transport truck from Iran attempting to cross the Bulgarian – Turkey border with 288 kilos of pure heroin, with a street value of $15 million at the low end. The heroin was dry-walled, meaning each brick of heroin was covered individually with drywalling material. According to the US 2019 [...]

US identifies Canada as major money laundering country, and notes concern over its low prosecution rate

Canada once again a “Major Money Laundering” country The 2019 “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report” (INCSR) published on Friday by the U.S. Department of State identifies Canada once again as a “major money laundering country” along with a host of risky countries for financial crime. A “major money laundering country” is one whose banks and financial [...]

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 (“SDNY“). Ellingson was arrested in Vancouver on October 29, 2018, under an Extradition Act provisional warrant. According to the SDNY, Ellingson sold drugs on the [...]

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 [...]