July 11, 2007, - 6:16 pm

International Drug Ring: Guess the Religion

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.

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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.

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6 Responses

Also involved in the investigation are Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Just felt like pointing this out, so the Canadians and DEA don’t get all the credit for the investigation.
Thanks,
EVS

EverVigilantSheepdog on July 11, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Dear EVS,
How involved is “involved”? “Involved” could mean you meet with the other agencies once a month for an update. What contribution is ICE making to the investigation?
In many class action suits, most attorneys “involved” do little, if any, work. The lead attorneys do.
Can you be more specific?

WillPower on July 11, 2007 at 9:25 pm

Eteria, no doubt they were arrested also. That’s like when they trot out Timothy McVeigh. One crazy white guy speaks volumes, yea, right. Nice try.
You know what I love about these types of reports? The patience with which they carry out the operation. Sure, they could have arrested the smugglers but that wouldn’t have solved the problem. They stick with it and let it go for a while. Then with one fell swoop, take out the whole operation.

John Cunningham on July 12, 2007 at 4:44 am

Dear WillPower,
I can’t tell you the extent of ICE involvement in that specific investigation, based upon personal knowledge, as I don’t work in that area of operations (AOR).
I found that “quote” in a Detroit newspaper article concerning this investigation and only mentioned it, because the Detroit ICE office never seems to “measure up” on this web site.
Often times, ICE or another law enforcement agency will actually do the lions share of the work on a case, only to have the FBI, and to a lesser degree DEA, issue the press release, and the uninitiated or uninformed would get the impression that the FBI or DEA made the case.
Ask any experienced law enforcement officer about this common-place practice by the FBI.
ICE still has primary jurisdiction on smuggling investigations (whatever the commodity, to include drug investigations with an international nexus), from the legacy U.S. Customs authorities, but DEA and others continue to work these investigations when they develop the information independently.
This being an international investigation (Canada to US) would certainly fit into that category.
Hope this helps.
EVS

EverVigilantSheepdog on July 12, 2007 at 5:36 am

I wonder how the taxi drivers in feel about this one? They were carrying liquor!

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