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Big bust in 'burbs
    #1514449 - 05/02/03 12:00 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

http://www.canoe.ca/TorontoNews/ts.ts-05-02-0004.html

Friday, May 2, 2003
Big bust in 'burbs
Police pull in $11M haul in Ecstasy pills

By JONATHAN KINGSTONE, TORONTO SUN



The success of homegrown dope has prompted organized crime groups to set up dangerous Ecstasy labs in GTA neighbourhoods, police said in announcing an $11-million drug bust.

Enormous profits and demand coupled with low risks and light sentences have enticed Asian-based crime syndicates to move into Canada, RCMP Chief-Supt. Ben Soave said yesterday.

"Like marijuana grow operations, the manufacturing of Ecstasy is taking place in middle-class residential areas," said Soave, head of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

The houses, Soave said, are "inconspicuous. People mind their own business. (The drug makers) draw their curtains and they have privacy."

TOXIC WASTES

But the clandestine labs bring dangers like volatile chemicals and toxic wastes, he said.

"Violence, including homicides, associated to organized crime is now also spreading from urban to suburban areas," Soave added.

Two people are charged and police said they've dismantled labs located in homes on Candlebrook Cres. near Warden and McNicoll Aves. in Scarborough, and Stargell Cres. near McCowan Rd. and Hwy. 7 in Markham.

The joint-forces squad seized 284,000 Ecstasy pills, 20 kilos of powdered Ecstasy and three pill-making presses.

Soave attributed the "shift in production" to Canada to crackdowns in countries in Europe and southeast Asia that traditionally have been the main Ecstasy suppliers.

"We are seeing the expansion just like we did with the homegrown-ops," Soave said. "Initially there was a few, then organized crime moved in and (now) there are thousands of grow-ops in the Golden Horseshoe."

Costing pennies to make, each Ecstasy pill is sold for between $20 to $25. Ingredients can be bought from chemical warehouses and assembled from Internet "recipes."

The colourful pills are intended to fool young people -- the main target -- into believing they're less harmful and addictive than other drugs, Soave said.

But the drugs are known to cause long-term health consequences, such as brain damage and Parkinson's disease.

Zhang Wei Ting, 40, and Wong Yuan Chang, 39, both of Toronto, are charged with producing drug and drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.


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Re: Big bust in 'burbs [Re: motaman]
    #1520582 - 05/04/03 11:57 PM (14 years, 29 days ago)

"The colourful pills are intended to fool young people -- the main target -- into believing they're less harmful and addictive than other drugs, Soave said. "

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Re: Big bust in 'burbs [Re: motaman]
    #1521305 - 05/05/03 07:59 AM (14 years, 28 days ago)

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(The drug makers) draw their curtains and they have privacy."




No privacy for the masses! Lets put cameras in the home so we can make sure you aren't doing anything we don't like when the curtains are pulled. Who knows, they could be making drugs to help support terrorists!

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But the clandestine labs bring dangers like volatile chemicals and toxic wastes, he said.

"Violence, including homicides, associated to organized crime is now also spreading from urban to suburban areas," Soave added.




Only because the drugs are illegal. If they were not, then large plants would make them and there would be no volatile chems in the home, violence, organized crime, etc.

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Costing pennies to make, each Ecstasy pill is sold for between $20 to $25. Ingredients can be bought from chemical warehouses and assembled from Internet "recipes."




It isn't quite that easy. We aren't baking cakes here.

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The colourful pills are intended to fool young people -- the main target -- into believing they're less harmful and addictive than other drugs, Soave said.




Ah yes, the police mind at work... add color so people don't believe they are harmful...

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But the drugs are known to cause long-term health consequences, such as brain damage and Parkinson's disease.




Last that I had checked, the above was still not proven in humans. Wow, we know what causes Parkinson's disease now?! I thought I had read that MDMA helped people with Parkinson's, not caused it...


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