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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    U.S. officials want B.C. man extradited

    U.S. authorities have taken an unusual step in attempting to extradite a B.C. man they say was the kingpin of a major cross-border drug smuggling operation.

    They claim that Colin Martin, from Sicamous, B.C., organized weekly helicopter flights of B.C. marijuana and ecstasy to remote American landing pads in exchange for cocaine and cash.

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration broke up the operation in February 2009, seizing about 340 kilograms of marijuana, 83 kilograms of cocaine and 240,000 ecstasy tablets, valued between $10 million and $15 million, plus a significant amount of cash, guns, two helicopters and other equipment.

    Martin has been charged in Washington State but he remains in B.C.

    In an indictment issued in December, U.S. authorities allege Martin bought and rented helicopters for the clandestine flights and organized the shipments.

    The indictment also alleges something very unusual — it states that after the busts Martin called the DEA and offered to be an informant. The indictment, a public document, states that Martin offered to help them bust "drug lords."

    The release of that information has apparently put Martin in immediate danger.

    Martin told CBC News soon after the indictment was filed that RCMP officers came to his home and informed him there was a contract out on his life.

    A spokesman for the federal court in Washington State wouldn't comment on why the information was released publicly.

    Emily Langlie, with the Washington State District Court, said officials will try to extradite Martin.

    "The indictment alleges there was substantial amounts of drugs and the offence carries 10 years in prison and a $4-million fine," she said.

    Martin said he plans to fight any moves to extradite him to the U.S.

    Just days after the bust, Martin reported his helicopter stolen. At the time, Martin said he knew the pilot but denied any involvement.

    Three other B.C. men, who also remain in Canada, are named in the indictment.

    Several other Canadians involved in the operation have been convicted and are serving time in the U.S.

    Samuel Brown, who was charged and held at the Spokane County Jail, reportedly hanged himself on Feb. 27.

    Monday, January 4, 2010
    CBC News

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/01/04/bc-colin-martin-extradition.html

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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    B.C. drug kingpin marked for death

    In the crime business, silence is golden.

    You talk to the cops, you become a marked man, especially when tens of millions of dollars are at stake. Colin Martin of Malakwa B.C., a self-confessed drug kingpin knew the risk he was taking when he offered to help American Drug Enforcement Agents bust some major cross-border smuggling operations that were moving marijuana, ecstasy and cocaine, provided they let him continue to do business unimpeded for 10 years, U.S. court papers show.

    He claimed to have the “ability to control 70 percent of the work that comes out of B.C. and what comes into B.C.,” explaining that he “had a long history of credibility” in the drug business, which he had been in “for most of my adult life,” the Grand Jury indictment against allged drug smugglers state.

    Martin offered to identify other B.C. drug lords and direct law enforcement agencies to drug loads as long as they “only arrested other people.”

    What Martin did not anticipate was that his offer to help in the war on drugs would be made public in the court documents filed in Seattle three days before Christmas.

    Three days after Christmas, Mounties knocked on his door to tell him that there was a contract out on his life.

    “We warned him on Dec 28 and are monitoring the situation,” confirmed RCMP spokesman Sgt. Tim Shields, adding publically identifying informants was “absolute insanity”.

    “We felt a duty to inform him,” said Shields, who declined further comment when asked if Martin had approached the RCMP to offer his services, before making his pitch to the Americans.

    There are many in B.C.’s six-billion-dollar drug trade that moves marijuana and ecstasy south in exchange for cash, cocaine and guns, who would like to silence Martin.

    They include members of the Hells Angels, the United Nations Gang and the Independent Soldiers, all of whom have used Martin’s helicopter services to move their contraband.

    Their high-grade “Sugar Shack” marijuana went to the U.S. for about $2,500 to $3,000 Cdn. a pound, while the cocaine came back to Canada at about US $14,000 per kilo.

    Machine guns, grenades and even rocket launchers were sometimes part of the exchange.

    How long Martin can dodge the hitmen who want him dead is anyone’s guess.

    A murder contract like this is worth anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000.

    Generally, the hit team will involve about five people — the shooter, the back-up shooter, the driver, the spotter and the body-disposal guy.

    That was some of the information the Americans gave the Mounties, after they publically named Martin as a wannabe informant and learned from their surveillance that their mistake was to end in murder.

    The hit team, according to U.S. sources, was already on its way to Malakwa, B.C. when police presence likely warned them off.

    Martin has not only talked about his operations to the cops.

    He was featured in a CBC documentary last November on marijuana smuggling.

    According to U.S. court documents, Martin is named alongside Sean William Doak, James Gregory Cameron and Adam Christian Serrano, all of whom are in B.C.

    The Americans allege that this crime syndicate which was busted in “Operation Blade Runner” in February 2009 in a cross-border operation in Washington State and B.C., resulted in the seizure of two helicopters, 83 kilograms of cocaine, 340 kilograms of marijuana, and 240,000 ecstasy tablets, valued between $10 million and $15 million, plus a significant amount of cash, guns, and other equipment.

    Among the helicopter pilots linked to Martin’s operations were Jeremy Snow, 29, who is serving a four-year sentence in the U.S. after he touched down in a Northern Idaho forest with 80 kgs of marijuana and Sam Lindsay-Brown, 24, who hanged himself in the Spokane County Jail after his arrest last February.

    The Americans say they will try to extradite Martin. Martin says he plans to fight the extradition.

    Given his public label as an “informant”, a U.S. jail cell may be the safest place for him to be for the next little while.

    BY FABIAN DAWSON,
    THE PROVINCE
    JANUARY 5, 2010 2:05 PM

    http://www.theprovince.com/news/drug+kingpin+marked+death/2405640/story.html
  2. old hippie 56
    A cell in the US is the not the safest place, a few cartons of cigarettes and cash for the commissary will get the hit done quickly.
  3. nomud
    When Columbia's supreme court allowed extradition
    of several "kingpins" to the US.Most Columbians saw it
    as a sovereignty issue.

    Supreme court building stormed.
    All justices wacked.Case closed :)
  4. RealGanjaMan
    Wow, I would really, really not like to be in his shoes right now. Good fucking move, DEA.

    :thumbsdown:

    -RGM
  5. Alfa
    It seems to me that the DEA wants Colin Martin dead for some reason.
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