February 12, 2018

Montreal-area Hells Angels Associate guilty of drug trafficking, money laundering in US

The Montreal Gazette is reporting that "A 41-year-old Brossard man is among five people to plead guilty in an international drug trafficking and money laundering ring stretching through Peru, Mexico, the U.S. and Montreal, it was announced Friday. Iraklis Haviaropoulos pleaded guilty to being the leader of a Montreal-based organization that purchased and distributed more than 300 kilograms of cocaine and laundered more than $1 million.

According to U.S. Justice Department officials, Haviaropoulos purchased cocaine on the northern coast of Peru, where it was picked up by pilots at a concealed airstrip and flown to Guatemala and Mexico. Once in Mexico, the cocaine was trucked into the U.S. and Canada. During the investigation, more than 337 kilograms of cocaine were seized, as well as quantities of fentanyl and marijuana."

"Haviaropoulos, Carlos Alberto Ocampo Garcia and Jose Mauricio Ortiz Bolanos - both from Cali, Colombia - pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering. Eduardo Nunez-Serna of Chicago and James DeSantis of Pompano Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty to money laundering."

In 2016 La Presse reported that Iraklis Haviaropoulos was a Hells Angels associate through Sylvain Ethier who was gunned down in Sainte-Thérèse, north of Laval less then six months after their arrest in a cross border contraband tobacco ring. Et tu, Brute?

In this cocaine ring, everyone plead guilty and no Hells Angel members were charged, again.

Canada - GO/DW.

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