July 11, 2007, - 6:16 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Time for another edition of “Guess the Religion.”
At least 37 people involved in an international drug ring (in which drugs–and who knows what else–were smuggled between Michigan and Canada) were arrested. The ring leader–who owns two Detroit nightclubs–is Ahmad Abboud.
Guess the religion (it’s the Detroit Newsistan, so they won’t tell you):
Drug and border officials from the United States and Canada said Tuesday they have shut down a drug route that used row boats to move large volumes of cocaine and marijuana into Michigan from St. Joseph Island, Ontario, south of Sault Ste. Marie.
Traffickers were using the boats at night to move drugs across the St. Mary’s River into the Upper Peninsula south of Sault Ste. Marie, officials said. . . .
U.S. officials have arrested 13 people and seized about 1,000 pounds of marijuana, 41 kilograms of cocaine and $350,000 in cash. . . .
In Canada, officials have arrested 24 people and seized 1,000 pounds of marijuana, one kilogram of cocaine and more than $500,000 in cash, said Staff Supt. Richard Gauthier of the Toronto Police Service.
Charged in U.S. District Court in Detroit with conspiracy to import marijuana and named as an alleged ringleader is Ahmad Abboud, 29, of Sterling Heights. . . .
Officials said key figures in the alleged conspiracy amassed significant wealth, and Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Rich Isaacson said Ahmad Abboud has an ownership interest in the Plan B and Confidential nightclubs in downtown Detroit. . . . .
The marijuana, grown in hydroponic labs in British Columbia, Canada, had a potency about 10 times that of regular street-grade marijuana.
Religion of International Drug Rings.
Tags: Ahmad Abboud, British Columbia, Canada, Detroit, Drug Enforcement Administration, Michigan, Ontario, Rich Isaacson, Richard Gauthier, spokesman, Sterling Heights, Toronto Police Service, U.S. District Court, United States, Upper Peninsula, USD