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Would "liquid meth" be freebase methamphetamine oil, or a solution of methamphetamine.HCl in water or alcohol?
My guess is a solution in water. I can't imagine gallons and gallons of a viscous oil would be fun to deal with.
 

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I can't imagine gallons and gallons of a viscous oil would be fun to deal with.
Viscous, flammable, corrosive, insoluble in water, volatile, and stinky, to name a few negative factors. The only benefit would be the space efficiency: 1mL of methamphetamine freebase would yield about 1.2 grams of meth.HCl salt. I know meth is soluble in water but I don't think you can get 1200 grams per liter.

I have heard of people shipping meth freebase in e.g. doctored fuel tanks, though!

Drugs and cash seized from Whalley residence
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 2020-04-27 08:46 PDT - File # 2020-35024



Illicit drugs and cash have been seized from a Whalley residence following an investigation by the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit.

The seizure is the result of an investigation which began on March 5, 2020, by the Surrey RCMP Community Response Unit (CRU). CRU was on a pro-active patrol in Whalley when they observed suspicious activity, consistent with drug trafficking, at a residence located in the 11400-block of 124 Street.

The investigation led to the execution of a search warrant on April 22, 2020 and as a result police seized plastic packages containing suspected fentanyl, hard-pressed pills, and methamphetamine. Police also located and seized approximately $25,541 in cash.

A man and woman were detained at the residence and released pending further investigation. No charges have been laid at this time.

"The illicit drug trade is a significant driver of crime in our community," says Staff Sergeant Mike Deneumoustier. "We will continue to pro-actively investigate illegal drug activity in our community to reduce crime and keep Surrey safe."
 
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Ontario drug investigation leads to 3 arrests, nearly 2,000 kilograms of opium
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A lengthy drug investigation in Ontario has led to three arrests and the seizure of what police describe as a significant amount of opium.

Provincial police say they launched Project Berwick in January to investigate alleged drug trafficking in the Greater Toronto Area.

Over the course of the probe, police searched properties in Ontario and Quebec and seized nearly 2,000 kilograms of opium.
Read the full story here.

Wow, that's a lot of opium. I wonder if it was destined to be transformed into heroin or sold as-is? I wasn't aware of any large-scale heroin manufacturing being done in Canada.
 

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I know there's at least some demand for opium as a specialty product, I'd imagine it's used more by the expat Persians than anyone else... sort of like the market for khat.
If it was meant to be turned into heroin why bother shipping all the extra crap and having to extract it domestically, where there's more risk?

2 tons is a lot though. That's 200 kilos of morphine.

Drugs worth millions seized as meth lab uncovered in Oshawa, police say

Police say crystal meth worth more than $3 million was seized after a meth lab was uncovered last week in Oshawa.



In a news release Tuesday, Toronto police said on April 27 the service’s drug squad arrested four men at a residence in the area of Park Road North and Highway 401 in Oshawa. Search warrants were also executed on vehicles and residences in Oshawa, Thornhill, Burlington, and Hamilton.

Police allege a residence in Oshawa was producing “large quantities” of crystal meth in an operation run by the homeowner.

Investigators said there were chemicals and lab equipment in the home, which was dismantled by Toronto police and Oshawa firefighters.

“Hazardous chemicals and potentially harmful by-products created during the production of methamphetamine were safely packaged and removed from the residence,” the news release read.

“These materials have been disposed of safely.”

Officers allege that 43 kilograms of crystal meth was seized, which has a potential street value of more than $3.4 million.

Additional drugs were uncovered, including five kilograms of ketamine with a street value of $135,000, as well as an unregistered handgun, police allege.

Four men from the Greater Toronto Area have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Police said Richard Alexandre, 56, of Oshawa, Richard Jansen, 36, of Burlington, Brendan Coates, 37, of Oshawa, and Kyle Zettler, 34, of no fixed address were arrested and charged.

All four men were released on bail and will appear in court on July 9.

 

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Police say crystal meth worth more than $3 million was seized after a meth lab was uncovered last week in Oshawa.
The stuff on the right looks lovely! Sad it had to go to waste.
 

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Vancouver Police make substantial drugs & weapons seizure
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
May 6, 2020

Vancouver Police have seized nearly $3 million worth of street drugs and eight handguns after a four-month investigation into the flow of illicit opioids into Metro Vancouver.


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“This was a collaborative effort involving officers from the Organized Crime Section, Emergency Response Team and Patrol Officers leading to this substantial seizure of drugs,” says Inspector Bill Spearn VPD. “We believe this will have a significant effect on the drug trade and will impact the health and safety of the local community.”

Early in 2020, the VPD’s Organized Crime Section launched Project Transit to target offenders engaged in the distribution of illegal opioids. The investigation culminated in the execution of five search warrants on April 29. Four warrants were executed in Vancouver and one in Richmond.

The following items were seized:

eight handguns, all nine mm semi-automatics
two 50-round drum magazines for nine mm ammunition
20 kilograms of what is believed to be Fentanyl with a bulk street value of $1.6 million ( = $80,000/kg - VPD estimated price)
one kilogram of Cocaine with a bulk street value of $60,000 ( = $60,000/kg)
six kilograms of Methamphetamine with a bulk street value of $90,000 ( = $15,000/kg)
13 kilograms of Cannabis shatter with a bulk street value of $500,000 ( = $38,500/kg)
320 kilograms of Cannabis bud with a bulk street value of $700,000 ( = $2200/kg)
26 kilograms of cutting agent with a bulk street value of $26,000 ( = $1,000/kg)

Police arrested eight people when the warrants were executed. All suspects were later released without charges pending further investigation. The investigation is active and police expect charges to be recommended in the coming months.

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Wonder what the "cutting agent" is? I bet caffeine.
 

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Toronto police bust 'professional distributors,' seize nearly $8-million worth of pure cocaine

TORONTO -- Members of the Toronto Police Service say they brought down “professional cocaine distributors” when they busted a “sophisticated crime group” allegedly in possession of 61 kilograms of pure cocaine, worth nearly $8 million.

“It is rare to seize this quantity of cocaine in a single investigation,” Insp. Donald Belanger said at a news conference held at Toronto Police Headquarters on Monday morning.

“The amount of cocaine and cash seized in this investigation speaks to the level of sophistication of this group. They are not street-level or even mid-level drug dealers – we allege that they are highly organized, and for lack of a better term, professional cocaine distributors.”

The 61 kilograms of powder cocaine, which were allegedly imported to Canada from the United States, were located by officers as multiple search warrants were executed in North York and Scarborough during a months-long investigation, dubbed “Project Corredor.”

“In the fall of 2019, the major project section of the drug squad commenced what became known as ‘Project Corredor,’” Belanger said. “The investigation focused on a group of males based here in the city of Toronto, who we believe were importing and distributing cocaine at the multi-kilogram level.”

Pure cocaine is typically stored in one kilogram bricks, Belanger said. At Monday’s news conference, 61 bricks of pure cocaine, as well as other seized items, were placed on a table in front of his podium.
Of the 61 bricks that were seized by officers, 20 were located inside locked safes found at a residential condo in the area of Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue, Belanger said. Thirty-six more bricks were located inside a condo in the area of Bayview and Sheppard avenues and five additional bricks were seized from a residential house near Bayview and Finch avenues.

Belanger said investigators believe that this crime group “had the capacity to make millions in profits from the sale of cocaine.”

“Once stepped on or diluted, dealers would have ultimately turned these 61 kilograms of pure cocaine into a far greater quality of lower-grade cocaine mixed with any number of cheaper additives,” Belanger said.

“As we’re seeing all too often, much of it would have undoubtedly been ended up laced with fentanyl, a drug that everyone now knows is responsible for far too many deaths here in Toronto and across Canada.”

During the executed search warrants, officers said they also seized more than $210,000 in cash, as well as $14,000 USD, $30,000 Euro, four motor vehicles and several luxury watches.

"All of which we allege to be proceeds of crime,” Belanger added.

Four Toronto men have been arrested in connection with this investigation. Patrick English, 39, David Bergman, 48, Ali Baek, 52, and Ardeshir Omanian, 57, have all been charged.

Two additional suspects, identified by police as Andrew Wilson, 47, and Alan Jones-Smith, 30, both of Toronto, remain outstanding. Warrants have been issued for their arrest.
 

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https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/12668-italy-seizes-isis-drugs-in-world-record-bust


Italy Seizes ISIS Drugs in World-Record Bust

Authorities in Italy have seized the largest-ever shipment of amphetamines on record, believed to have been manufactured by one of the world’s most feared international terrorist groups, the Islamic State.

The Guardia di Finanza announced on Wednesday that police in the port of Salerno, outside of Naples, had discovered more than 84 million tablets of the drug captagon hidden within paper cylinders that were being transported in a shipping container.

Weighing in at around 14 tonnes and with an estimated street value of one billion euros, the “extraordinary” seizure is the largest of its kind on record, according to the agency’s statement.

Italian authorities believe the captagon had been manufactured by the Islamic State and that the amount would likely be sufficient to satisfy the entirety of the European market for the drug.

Otherwise known as fenethylline, captagon is a psychostimulant that creates feelings of euphoria, well-being and aggression. Its widespread abuse has been documented throughout the Arabic-speaking world.

ISIS has a record of producing the drug to fund its operations, as well as administering it among its fighters to inhibit pain and fear during combat. Several of the terrorists who committed the 2015 attack on the Bataclan concert venue in Paris were later discovered to have ingested captagon.

The seizure follows after a similar shipment was intercepted two weeks ago, again at the port of Salerno. Napolese police discovered another container in which traffickers had hidden almost 3,000 kg of hash and a further 190kg of amphetamines underneath items of counterfeit clothing.

The Guardia di Finanza said in their statement that Wednesday’s shipment was itself too large to have been requested by any one buyer in the region, and that investigators therefore believe it is more likely to have been brought in for a ‘consortium’ of criminal groups.

News of the record-breaking seizure follows just one day after Italian and Albanian authorities announced the successful dismantling of a drug trafficking network that had been smuggling marijuana, cocaine and hashish between the two countries.

According to a statement from Eurojust, which provided support to the authorities involved, police in Italy and Albania arrested 37 members of the organised criminal group, seizing more than three tonnes of drugs, with an estimated street value of 40 million euros.

The agencies also took control of more than four million euros in assets, which included a coffee production and trading factory, a drinks and alcohol distribution company, 15 apartments and seven large cars.

Several of the suspects had previously received convictions in Italy earlier in 2019, and further action in relation to the case is being prepared against suspects in France.

“This outstanding investigative result with simultaneous execution of this cross-border operation was made possible thanks to the Joint Investigation Team between the Albanian and Italian authorities, whose agreement represents a model for the cooperation between Albanian and EU judicial authorities,” Eurojust said in its statement.
 

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Ouch The CIA/US Relations musta pissed them off haha
.. probably pissed over spreading the covid19 plandemic lie that literally has the worlds economy crippled balmpst beyond repair..
anyone who cares enough to fp the research knows that 1sis has strong ties n its creation involvomg cia ties
 

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Italy Seizes ISIS Drugs in World-Record Bust

Authorities in Italy have seized the largest-ever shipment of amphetamines on record, believed to have been manufactured by one of the world’s most feared international terrorist groups, the Islamic State.

The Guardia di Finanza announced on Wednesday that police in the port of Salerno, outside of Naples, had discovered more than 84 million tablets of the drug captagon hidden within paper cylinders that were being transported in a shipping container.

Weighing in at around 14 tonnes and with an estimated street value of one billion euros, the “extraordinary” seizure is the largest of its kind on record, according to the agency’s statement.

Italian authorities believe the captagon had been manufactured by the Islamic State and that the amount would likely be sufficient to satisfy the entirety of the European market for the drug.

Otherwise known as fenethylline, captagon is a psychostimulant that creates feelings of euphoria, well-being and aggression. Its widespread abuse has been documented throughout the Arabic-speaking world.
The story isn't even consistent, the author recognizes at the beginning of the article that the seizure is of amphetamine (which is accurate, essentially all seized "Captagon" is illicitly-produced and contains amphetamine) but later claims that it's of fenethylline (which true Captagon tablets contain).

Given ISIS's current state, I'm sceptical these pills actually came from them. But it definitely sounds good in the law enforcement press release if you can name drop ISIS.
 
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The story isn't even consistent, the author recognizes at the beginning of the article that the seizure is of amphetamine (which is accurate, essentially all seized "Captagon" is illicitly-produced and contain amphetamine) but later claims that it's of fenethylline (which true Captagon tablets contain).

Given ISIS's current state, I'm sceptical these pills actually came from them. But it definitely sounds good in the law enforcement press release if you can name drop ISIS.
I kind of thought the same thing, but ISIS is not totally eliminated. I do think maybe it was just an effort to grab attention. Apparently Captagon is the one of the most abused drugs in the Arabian peninsula.
 

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The story isn't even consistent, the author recognizes at the beginning of the article that the seizure is of amphetamine (which is accurate, essentially all seized "Captagon" is illicitly-produced and contains amphetamine) but later claims that it's of fenethylline (which true Captagon tablets contain).

Given ISIS's current state, I'm sceptical these pills actually came from them. But it definitely sounds good in the law enforcement press release if you can name drop ISIS.
AFAIK Arabic states have been producing Fenethylline tablets for decades for internal distribution. Maybe it wasn't made in a ISIS controlled area, but could have been made in Iran?
 
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