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U.S., Canada Break Up Canadian Drug Ring Tied to Mexico

Wednesday, 29 September 2004 12:00 AM

The investigation also targeted another group, the Richie Mishal organization, which has a history of distributing large quantities of methamphetamine, steroids and marijuana throughout the United States. This group was involved in the trafficking of ephedrine through a Canadian drug dealer. The ephedrine eventually was distributed by the Mishal group to Mexican drug-trafficking organizations operating in the United States, the DEA said.

The DEA said Operation Brain Drain resulted in 90 arrests, including the arrests of five major drug traffickers -- and the seizure of $3.5 million in currency, 92.6 pounds of methamphetamine, 2,735 pounds of ephedrine powder, nearly 1.7 million ephedrine pills, two kilograms of cocaine, 62 pounds of precursor chemicals, five gallons of methamphetamine solution, 27 weapons, 11 vehicles and two large clandestine methamphetamine laboratories.

DEA Deputy Administrator Michele Leonhart said the arrests "should send a clear message to those who manufacture and traffic illegal drugs" that they "could be next." Thanks to cooperation between the United States and Canada, "we have identified the most significant sources of ephedrine from Canada to the United States," she said. "Breaking up these organizations will dramatically limit the availability of ephedrine in the United States and will have a significant effect on the large-scale" U.S. production of methamphetamine.

The DEA says the use of methamphetamine can cause psychotic behavior, brain damage, and withdrawal symptoms that include depression, anxiety, fatigue, paranoia, aggression and intense cravings.

Clandestine laboratories in California and Mexico, the DEA said, are the primary sources of supply for methamphetamine available in the United States. U.S. laboratories that produce methamphetamine depend on supplies of the precursor chemical pseudoephedrine, which is smuggled from Canada, and to a lesser extent from Mexico, the DEA said.

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