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Reputed Cocaine Kingpin Arrested in Brazil
Associated Press writer

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- One of the world's most hunted drug traffickers - accused of shipping more than 70 tons of cocaine to the United States - has been arrested in Brazil as part of an international crackdown, officials said Wednesday.
Colombian-born Pablo Rayo Montano, who had been on the run for a decade, was captured Tuesday in Sao Paulo as part of an operation coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and involving anti-drug police in eight other countries.
More than three dozen others were arrested during simultaneous raids in the United States and Latin America, U.S. and Colombian anti-drug officials said. Authorities also seized control of three islands off the coast of Panama, a trove of artwork, real estate holdings, yachts and millions in cash.
"The Rayo-Montano trafficking organization ranked up there with Pablo Escobar and the Cali Cartel in terms of the amount of cocaine it was able to smuggle into the United States," Dave Gaddis, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Bogota, Colombia, told The Associated Press.
Colombia-based Escobar was among the world's most notorious drug traffickers, ruling the illegal drug trade during the 1980s. He was killed in a shootout with police in 1993.
Called Twin Oceans, the operation targeted a major drug cartel that shipped cocaine from clandestine ports along Colombia's coast to the United States and Europe.
"The Rayo-Montano organization had its own private, rogue navy to run a drug business that was nearly as sophisticated as a small nation," said DEA administrator Karen P. Tandy in a press release.
Also arrested were Rayo-Montano's top deputies - Jackson Orozco-Gil, his brother Domingo, and Mars Micolta-Hurtado - who allegedly oversaw operations along colombia's Carribbean coast.
The DEA said nine countries have been involved in the investigation for three years. It said that during that period the countries - Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Mexico and the United States - have arrested more than 100 people and seized 47.5 tons of cocaine and nearly $70 million in assets.
"It's estimated the amount of cocaine supplied by this organization was enough to poison 37 million consumers," Colombia's anti-narcotics police said in a statement.
Of the more than 30 arrests Tuesday, six were in the United States, including one in Los Angeles in which a federal agent posed as a pizza deliveryman, a DEA official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the operation. Four people were arrested in Miami and one in Indianapolis.
The Justice Department considered Montano a key target, accusing him of running one of the world's largest drug smuggling operations from Sao Paulo, where he had lived for the past three years.
DEA officials said the United States would seek to extradite Montano.
Colombian police said Montano began trafficking drugs in the early 1990s from the Pacific port of Buenaventura and rose to prominence within the now-defunct Cali cartel.
Police said that in Brazil, Montano set up a number of companies, including an art gallery, to launder proceeds from the monthly sale of an estimated 22 tons of cocaine to the United States and Europe.
Associated Press writers Michael Astor from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Mark Sherman from Washington, D.C. contributed to this report.
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Big bust. Fun parts bolded for emphasis.

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Canadian authorities have been busy here as well:

Cops break up cocaine smuggling ring
Culmination of two-year probe. Among the 29 arrested is Hells Angels member suspected of taking over Mom Boucher's role

The Gazette
Friday, May 12, 2006

People from all walks of life, including the Hells Angel suspected of taking over Maurice (Mom) Boucher's role as the city's drug trafficking kingpin, were arrested in connection with a large-scale cocaine smuggling network in Quebec and Ontario.

"(The police operation) concerns a group that imported cocaine, hundreds of kilos per year, and distributed it to organized crime groups, including the Hells Angels," Surete du Quebec spokesperson Sgt. Francois Dore said of the police investigation that began in 2004.

Included among those arrested was Mario Brouillette, 34, a full-patch member of the Hells Angels' Trois Rivieres chapter, who is reputed to have taken the reins of drug trafficking for the gang, which plays a dominant role in Montreal's drug trade. He is suspected of having taken over Maurice (Mom) Boucher's role as a kingpin in the city.

Boucher is currently serving life sentences for orchestrating the murders of two prison guards in 1997. (Coincidentally, the Quebec Court of Appeal yesterday upheld Boucher's guilty verdict.)

"(Brouillette) is one of the people who replaced Mr. Boucher in the criminal activities of the former Nomads in Montreal," said Guy Ouellette, a biker-gang expert and a retired SQ investigator.

Brouillette faces charges of drug trafficking and gangsterism. The charges against him and 19 other people targeted in yesterday's police operation were made public at the Montreal courthouse yesterday.

Investigators from the Regional Integrated Squad, a group that targets outlaw motorcycle group activity, led the 2-year investigation that resulted in yesterday's roundup, dubbed Operation Fusion.

Twenty-nine people were arrested in total, and another four were being sought on warrants as of yesterday evening. More than 200 police officers participated in the arrests and search warrants, including the arrest of a man in Thunder Bay, the only person arrested in Ontario.

Revenue Quebec also announced, through a statement, that it will be seeking to confiscate real estate owned by some of the people charged, including Brouillette, for non-declared revenue. In all, the government is seeking $4.5 million.

Among the people arrested besides Brouillette was Roger Bellemare, 45, a Trois Rivieres lawyer who has represented various members of the Hells Angels. He was also known to accompany the Hells Angels on some of their "rides" or trips where members ride their Harley Davidsons en masse. Bellemare would often accompany them to make sure their Charter rights weren't violated when they were pulled over by the police.

Bellemare is among six people who face charges in Trois Rivieres in connection with Operation Fusion. He is accused of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine, and two counts of drug trafficking.

In Quebec City, eight people were arrested, including Richard Sanschagrin, 54, a former cop who runs an art gallery, and Thomas Nittolo, 66, a well known businessman in the provincial capital.

Nittolo, Sanschagrin and a third man, 63-year-old Yvan Cech, were singled out as the suspected smugglers in the network. They are accused, of conspiracy to import an illegal substance and gangsterism, in an indictment filed at the Montreal courthouse yesterday.

Cech, the alleged head of the ring, was arrested while on vacation in the Dominican Republic yesterday by police officers from Quebec and local authorities. Police officers are expected to accompany him on a flight scheduled to arrive at the airport in St. Hubert today.

Cops continue drug raids

Montreal Gazette
Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Police from across Quebec cracked down on a drug trafficking ring Tuesday, nabbing 39 people including three Hells Angels members.

The raids were the second in as many weeks. Last week, police made 30 arrests - mainly importers in a crack cocaine ring.

Tuesday's raids focused mainly on distributors.

Police have dubbed the raids Operation Fusion. Phase 2 included raids in Montreal, Repentigny, Mascouche and St. Constant.

More than 200 police officers took part in the raids.


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since we're on the topic:

City man appears in Quebec court
Tb News Source
Web Posted: 5/12/2006 8:00:35 PM A Thunder Bay man caught up in a major drug bust made a court appearance in Montreal Friday.
That sweep saw police in Ontario and Quebec arrest 29 people Thursday and seize 500-kilograms of cocaine. Forty-five-year-old Jacques Desaulniers of Thunder Bay was flown to Quebec last night, where he's facing charges connected to the cocaine smuggling operation.

Desaulniers was arrested early Thursday morning at this John Street residence. A forty-two-year-old female was also taken into custody, but has now been released. S. Sgt. Scott Smith says drugs and weapons were also seized in yesterday's raid.

Smith also confirms Thursday's arrest is related to an earlier police action, dubbed 'Operation Husky', in which police targeted local members of the Hell's Angels. But Smith declined to provide any details on what links the two incidents.
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soulbrother 10

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Nice publicity for the cops. Makes it look like they're making headway in the 'war on drugs'. But it's just a drop in the bucket and they will continue to lose this war that can't be won.

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soulbrother 10 said:
Nice publicity for the cops. Makes it look like they're making headway in the 'war on drugs'. But it's just a drop in the bucket and they will continue to lose this war that can't be won.
Obviously your dealer didn't just get taken down.

What the fuck am I supposed to do for may 24 now?
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