Hells Angel Yvan LeClair became the focus of investigators into guns and drugs.
|A senior police inspector involved in the Feb. 22 raids that took down a network of gun and drug dealers said it was largely because of the alleged criminal activities of full patch HA Yvan LeClair.|
Police arrested and charged 18 residents of Ontario and Quebec yesterday with firearms and drug-trafficking offences after an 18-month long multi-agency investigation that spanned from the Greater Toronto Area to Montreal and into the U.S. Dubbed Project Silkstone, the operation landed 11,500 pills containing fentanyl, significant amounts of cocaine, MDMA, methamphetamine, marijuana, 23 guns, tens of thousands of dollars in cash and casino chips, equipment to make fake identity cards, electronic equipment used to counter tracking devices, vehicles, and Hells Angels gang paraphernalia.
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|Leslie John McCulloch, the man accused of running a Fentanyl-lacing operation out of a West Kelowna warehouse may soon plead guilty.|
In an appearance by video in Kelowna Supreme Court he asked a judge to grant him bail, saying he was willing to plead guilty. He’s been charged with production and possession of a controlled substance. The same day RCMP raided the warehouse of the Hells Angels' associate last March, another warrant was executed at McCulloch’s home. Police found approximately 800 fake OxyContin pills laced with Fentanyl and several gold bars believed to be stolen. His warehouse yielded 500 fake Percocet and OxyContin pills, 195 grams of suspected Fentanyl, two industrial pill presses capable of making 2,500 pills per hour and a chemical mixer.
“Fentanyl seems to be the new drug of choice for destruction of life.” said justice Justice JD Evans.
|A Kelowna couple will be spending more time apart as they await their next court date for charges related to production and possession of narcotics, including fentanyl. Leslie John McCulloch, 38, and Rebekka Rae White, 27, were charged after a police raid on March 2.|
McCulloch was denied bail in October and will remain in custody until the preliminary inquiry next year, scheduled for May 23-25, 2017. White is currently out on bail. Both McCulloch and White have elected to be tried by judge and jury.
|His conditions of release included an order not to have any contact with members of the gang. Members of the Kelowna RCMP's drug section put McCulloch under covert surveillance in September 2015.|
Later that month, police saw him meet at his business with a senior full-patch member of the Hells Angels from Calgary. As a result, McCulloch's parole was suspended.
McCulloch was importing fentanyl from China and then making fake Percocet and Oxycontin pills.
|McCulloch was released again, but his parole was revoked in May after the police raids. In addition to the fentanyl pills and the presses, RCMP seized gold bars, four bundles of cash totaling $35,600 and miscellaneous Hells Angels '81 Support' clothing.|
Overdoses have killed 915 people in B.C. in 2016.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
|For years, Spaniard Alvaro Lopez Tardón was living the ultimate high life in Miami—fancy cars, seaside condos, designer jewelry and clothes. But it all came crashing down in the summer of 2011 when he was named in a U.S. federal money laundering indictment as the head of an international narcotics trafficking ring.|
Tardón made his initial mark in the drug trade in the 1990s, when he and his brother Artemio worked for a ruthless drug trafficker in Spain. By the early 2000s, the Tardón brothers began a bloody feud with their boss and began their own criminal enterprise.
Alvardo directed the enterprise from Miami while second-in-command Artemio ran things from Madrid.
|They were successful — their enterprise was believed responsible for distributing more than 7,500 kilos of South American cocaine in Spain and laundering more than $14 million in illegal drug proceeds in the United States. The money laundering of the illegal drug profits used purchases of luxury vehicles and high-end real estate in the Miami area.|
|Tardon's $3.5m collection of seized luxury cars included a Bugatti Veyron, Rolls-Royce Ghost and a Maybach. In late 2015, after being tried and convicted on numerous money laundering charges, Tardón was sentenced to 150 years in jail, exchanging one of his spacious South Beach penthouses for a federal prison cell where he will spend the rest of his life.|
Monday, February 20, 2017
|The Canada Border Services Agency says it has seized seven kilograms of cocaine from the bottom of food trolleys on an airplane. The agency says it made the discovery earlier this month at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.|
It says officers noticed something unusual about the catering trolleys on board and examined them more closely. |
The agency said it seized over 1,569 kilograms of suspected cocaine in the Greater Toronto Area last year.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
|Tattooed pretty boy Pasquale Barbaro typified the ''Instagram thug'' before his assassination-style murder last November.|