The Wolfpack: Inside Canada’s Newly Organized Crime Wave

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TORONTO – A new book announcing the links between Mexico’s drug cartels and the tech-savvy, diverse and widespread organized crime group in Canada, known as “Wolfpack”, was released on Tuesday.

In “The Wolfpack”, authors Luis Horacio Najera and Peter Edwards use their decades of experience in organized crime, both in Canada and Mexico, to elaborate on how organized crime works in Canada after a group of millennial hotshot gangsters tried has to fill the ladder. by the death of Montreal godfather Vito Rizzuto.

The Wolfpack, made up of an ethnically diverse, geographically remote hodgepodge of Canadian underground criminals, has worked to bring a steady supply of cocaine from El Chapo Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel to Canada through the ports of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

“They are connected by the Internet, not by geography,” Edwards described Wolfpack in an interview with CTVNews.ca on Tuesday. “Some are in Vancouver, some are in Montreal, some are in Toronto and it doesn’t matter – they can move.”

Edwards said that distinguished them strongly from the organized crime groups he wrote decades ago, which operated in a “geographical center”.

“You can say, ‘this group is from Woodbridge, those groups from Simcoe Street and Oshawa,'” he said. “With the Wolfpack, there is no place, there is just a common feeling or need for the Internet.”

Najera said in an interview with CTVNews.ca that the Internet has changed everything when it comes to organized crime.

“Technology, the internet, is changing a lot of dynamics of power, relationships, contacts and business, both legal and illegal … the internet has become a platform where they do not necessarily always have to be physically together,” he said. “Do you remember the old days or in the movies where the mafiosos gathered in a dark place, or ugly warehouse, and they sat and discussed business? Those times are now pretty much over.”

The book describes just how much technology played a part in how Wolfpack operated, with pages of encrypted texts included, showing how members planned to move tons of cocaine, delivering on girlfriend issues and planned assassinations.

The Contain cast of Canadian characters the leader of the Wolfpack, Rabih “Robby” Alkhalil, Hells Angel Larry Amero, hit-man Dean Michael Wiwchar, gangsters John Raposo and Martino Caputo, plus other members of the Red Scorpions, Hells Angels and the UN gang, and factions of Italian, Irish and Portuguese crime family syndicates.

The authors managed to gain access to these texts and a myriad of other complicated details thanks to one of the criminals, Niagara Cocaine Queen and Wolfpack member Nick Nero, who left a Blackberry in the open with a sticky note with his encrypted login and password – something that was immediately recorded by the police during his arrest in 2013.

“Nero,” as he is referred to in the book, holds the dubious honor of being described as “stupid as a hairdresser,” a title the authors said could not be extended to Wolfpack’s Mexican cartel colleagues.

“The level of refinement of the cartels surprised me,” Edwards said. “These are not drug users, these are not stupid guys, these are smart people who know what they are doing … they are holding back cocaine so they can influence the market so they can sell it on both sides … d ‘Pandemic does not seem to hurt them in the slightest.

Mexico has been in the grip of cartel violence for decades and the book details the graphic violence that has been all too regularly in the headlines.

On occasion, a Canadian is fired, such as the off-duty Montreal police officer on vacation in 2011, who was so badly beaten for taking photos of another officer exchanging Niceties with Hells Angels and other gang members that he required extensive surgery.

The Wolfpack book reveals that the officer was near a well-known meeting place in Cancun for gang members from around the world, and gives a more nuanced idea of ​​how closely wounded organized crime is in Canada and the Mexican underworld.

The authors said they hope her book describes how extensive the illegal drug trade in Canada is, how the authorities have to go about busting, and how the story about drugs and substance abuse needs to change.

“It’s not just Wolfpack as a group, it’s them as a process,” Edwards said. “Even though Wolfpack has long forgotten what they did is the new way to move drugs.”

“You have to see where the money goes, how much is invested here, how much goes into real estate, how much goes into other things, I think that’s the next phase,” he continued.

Najera repeats that feeling.

“You have to track the money and also rethink the way the government, but also … recognize society, the use and abuse of illegal drugs … this is a public health problem and the narrative needs to change, “said Najera.

And for those who believe that the violence that plagued Mexico could not make its way to Canada, Najera, who dedicated the book to 12 fellow journalists who were killed or lost their lives over the d ‘Writing cartels, a gruesome warning.

“Do not underestimate the power of criminal organizations,” Najera said of the cartels and their Canadian counterparts. “Sometimes you think, ‘These guys are killing themselves in Mexico, we’m safe here.’

“No … they have tentacles all over the world and they have muscles that, if needed, they will flex,” he continued. “The consequences will be dire.”

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