Major Drug Bust on U.S. - Canadian Border

Major Drug Bust on U.S. - Canadian Border
Posted by FoM on January 23, 2001 at 16:38:39 PT
By Salim Jiwa
Source: ABCNews
U.S. and Canadian investigators have smashed a major organized crime group which pumped massive quantities of high-potency British Columbia-grown marijuana into the United States.  The investigators seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in proceeds on both sides of the border.
U.S. Customs special agent Rodney Tureaud and Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman Cpl. Garry Begg said four people were arrested in British Columbia, and nine others in the United States.Sixteen banking institutions were searched and property, including an Aerospatiale Astar 350 helicopter, a home in Surrey, B.C, and two Mercedes Benz automobiles, were also seized.Also seized under Canadian proceeds of crime laws were $350,000 in U.S. currency, $110,000 in Canadian currency, 3 kilograms of cocaine worth $120,000, 20 pounds of packaged marijuana worth $75,000, two loaded handguns, several shotguns and rifles and two crossbowsThe joint U.S.-Canadian probe focused on the air shipment of premium "B.C.-bud" with the use of the Astar 350 chopper, which made drug runs dropping off marijuana near Mount Baker, a few miles inside Washington State."This group was responsible for numerous airdrops of marijuana into western Washington State and the smuggling of firearms, cocaine and currency into Canada," said Customs agent Tureaud at a joint press conference held in Langley, B.C., which is in a border district south of Vancouver."To date, investigation in the United States has resulted in the arrest of nine individuals and the seizure of approximately 270 pounds of marijuana, $78,000 in U.S. currency and a helicopter valued at $410, 000 (U.S.)," he said.Note: A Major Hit: U.S., Canadian Authorities Seize Drugs, Helicopter, Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars.Source: ABCNewsAuthor: Salim JiwaPublished: January 23, 2001Copyright: 2001 ABC News Internet Ventures. Website: Article:Home-Grown Drug Business Booms in Vancouver
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Comment #9 posted by observer on January 24, 2001 at 11:07:51 PT
SUB tag
Ouch ... looks like the system here won't let me display angle brackets using & gt ; ... you might want to simply display the html source and see how it is done. see:"subscripts" in : 
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Comment #8 posted by observer on January 24, 2001 at 11:03:48 PT
Thanks QuietCrusader! To do subscripts in html, use the tag. For example, "H2O" displays as: H2O ...
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Comment #7 posted by QuietCrusader on January 24, 2001 at 10:33:38 PT:
I Love the Sarcasm here!
I love it! NOT THE DREADED C2H5OH! We must put that on the banned list. Send it to the new Czar before it's too late! By the way Observer, how did you put those numbers in lowercase below the letters in the formula? Just curious.
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Comment #6 posted by observer on January 23, 2001 at 20:06:47 PT
Drug Warriors Win Drug War! (Details at 11)
Well, good work drug-warriors! This bust should do it: no more pot for all those dopers and druggies in America, now! You've finally struck the coup de grace; yes, you've turned the corner, at last."The reign of tears is over. The slums will soon be only a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will walk upright now, women will smile, and the children will laugh. Hell will be forever for rent."-- Billy Sunday, evangelist, 1920, speaking about a drug (C2H5OH) blamed for evil in society 
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Comment #5 posted by kaptinemo on January 23, 2001 at 20:00:53 PT:
Another "Biggest Bust Ever!!!"
And they say cannabis users suffer from short term memory lapses?"Biggest Bust Ever!" ...I can't begin to relate how many times I've seen antis mouth these very same words, uttered each time with nary a blink, camouflaged smirk or strangled laugh to denote they are aware of their faux pas.Each time, the numbers climb higher. More money, more guns...and more illicit drugs. More and more and more. Higher and higher sums of money confiscated. (You'd think by now they would have tumbled to the fact that when they have to rent space and hire guards for 'evidence' confiscated because their own evidence rooms have been filled literally to bursting with cash and dope, that they are on the short, sharp and sh**ty end of the DrugWar stick. The ones in Rampart *did*.) Each time, the antis trumpet their 'success' even louder. Forgetting that they said the exact same thing last month. Or was it the month before?By now, even the sheep are starting to wonder. Keep it up, narks, you're doing our work for us; more people have become aware of this failure-in-'success' with each bust. More people coming to the conclusion that since the numbers never seem to go down, only rise higher, maybe somebody in accounting is cooking the Federal stat books, a la Barry's fudged figures for his tenure.Or they ran out of fingers and toes.
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Comment #4 posted by Not To Worry on January 23, 2001 at 19:24:32 PT
Big Deal
 I was more impressed when the DEA seized Tons of (hemp) birdseed crossing the Canadian border. Zero tolerence nonsense. I thought it pretty well summed up the whole drug war. True drug abuse is a medical condition, and should be treated as such.
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Comment #3 posted by MikeEEEEE on January 23, 2001 at 17:57:46 PT
Big $ score
Almost makes the war worth it$. Down with anti's.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on January 23, 2001 at 17:52:35 PT:
Related Article
Cross-Border Pot Probe Nets 14 Arrests, Helicopter, Boat and Car Seizures
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Comment #1 posted by Ethan Russo, MD on January 23, 2001 at 16:57:56 PT:
More Seizure Stats
These figures have always been puzzling to me. They are reminiscent of the casualty figures from Vietnam. I suppose when there were body counts 10 times higher among the Viet Cong, we were supposed to think that we were winning the war. The enemy could not sustain resistance forever and would have to surrender, but, it never happened. The same is true here. Huge numbers of suspects nabbed, drugs seized, assets confiscated, cash pocketed, etc., etc. ad nauseam. The Drug War can continue until no one is left standing except a lonely individual who will be smoking his last reefer, shooting his last smack, or snorting his last coke. Time to try a different approach, but that would require the authorities to cure their addiction to the violence, abuse of civil rights, and particularly the corrupting influence of those seized assets.
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