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Monday, January 21, 2013

CANADIAN DRUG RINGS A SCOURGE FOR UNITED STATES LAW ENFORCEMENT SAY DOCUMENTS


Canadian drug rings a scourge for US law enforcement: Court documents

Credits: DOUG HEMPSTEAD/Ottawa Sun
QMI AGENCY
MONTREAL - Canadian-based drug traffickers have become a plague for US law enforcement agencies that are investigating "several organizations based in Montreal," US court documents say.
The documents obtained by QMI Agency show the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers the Akwesasne Mohawk reserve a key transit point for contraband.
The reserve straddles Ontario, Quebec and New York state and has long been considered a weak point in the security perimeter between Canada and the US.
The DEA's concerns about Canadian drug dealers are detailed in US court documents related to a ring allegedly based in the Montreal suburb of Laval.
Accused ringleader Jimmy "Cosmo" Cournoyer is currently in a New York jail awaiting trial on dozens of charges.
Investigators say the drug gang earned $800 million in profits between 2000 and last year.
Alleged co-conspirators Mario "Diego" Racine and Patrick "Peg Leg" Paisse, who wears a prosthetic leg, face extradition to New York in the same case.
The DEA says it's also targeting other Canadian gangs.
"Since 2007, our Long Island division has been investigating several large-scale drug trafficking organizations that are and international in scope, based in Montreal, Canada," documents say.
The networks are described as "consortiums" that bring together independent partners connected to the Hells Angels, the Mafia and Asian triads.
The DEA says the ring allegedly run by Cournoyer earned between $75,000 and $200,000 a week.
Cournoyer, 33, was said to have owned a Bugatti Veyron, the most expensive sports car in the world with a price tag of over $1 million.
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