Organized Crime in British Colombia.

American organized crime groups included traditional groups such as La Cosa Nostra & the Italian Mafia to modern groups such as Black Mafia Family. Discuss the most organized criminal groups in the United States including gangs in Canada.
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Organized Crime in British Colombia.

Unread post by Azure9920 » January 27th, 2009, 1:02 pm

http://www.macleans.ca/canada/national/ ... 032&page=1

Good read, here are some excerpts.

· There are an estimated 20,000 marijuana grow ops in houses across the province, and many thousands more hidden in the mountains and valleys of the interior. It's conservatively estimated that marijuana is an industry with revenues of $5 billion to $7 billion a year.

· In the last few years, according to the Canadian Border Services Agency, more than $1 billion worth of cocaine has been seized at borders in the Pacific region. One media report last fall found the amount of cocaine recovered at B.C.'s borders more than tripled in the previous two years.

· The province is the main port of entry for chemicals used in the manufacture of drugs such as methamphetamine and ecstasy, while B.C.-based Asian gangs are the largest suppliers of ecstasy to Canada and the U.S.

· In the last year there have been roughly two dozen gangland slayings in the Vancouver region. The number of homicides in B.C.'s Lower Mainland in the first four months of this year was nearly three times that of Toronto. And when Maclean's recently looked at Canada's most dangerous cities using data from Statistics Canada, 11 of the top 20 were located in B.C. Meanwhile the number of gangs operating in the province has jumped from less than 10 a decade ago to 129.

One car dealer in Vancouver told the National Post a few years ago that a quarter of his business involved selling luxury cars for cash to those involved in the drug trade. That helps explain the absurd number of Maseratis, Mercedes and Hummers that roam the streets. It's estimated that more people are employed in the marijuana industry than in traditional sectors like forestry

In December, the B.C. Progress Board reported that, in 2006, Vancouver had the second-highest combined violent and property crime rate of all major cities in Canada and the U.S. For instance, it had nearly 3.6 times as many break and enters as New York City, when measured per 100,000 people.

B.C. is the only province to have posted a negative, and falling, personal saving rate for 10 years running. One bank economist suggests this reflects the growing size of B.C.'s black market, which doesn't get captured in the data. Likewise, a 2005 RCMP report found that if marijuana production was factored into provincial accounts, B.C.'s trade surplus would jump 230 per cent to $8.6 billion. "The general public is completely ignorant of the extent to which organized crime has infiltrated B.C. communities and the business environment," says Michael Chettleburgh, author of Young Thugs, a book examining gang violence in Canada.

The U.S. border is just minutes from Metro Vancouver, offering ready access to that market. And the province's ports are among the busiest in the world. Last year the RCMP told the Senate committee on national security and defence that Indo-Canadian and Asian gangs, as well as the Hells Angels, were very active at the Port of Vancouver. Due to limited resources police warned they could only tackle 30 per cent of the criminal activity taking place on the docks.

Vancouver emerged as a leading centre for credit-card fraud after police raided what was dubbed a "credit-card factory" three years ago.

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Re: Organized Crime in British Colombia.

Unread post by CheGuevara » January 27th, 2009, 1:25 pm

British Columbia. The name says it all.

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Re: Organized Crime in British Colombia.

Unread post by pooperscooper » January 27th, 2009, 5:03 pm

living here, i actually notice how bad things are getting.

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Re: Organized Crime in British Colombia.

Unread post by mmd604 » January 29th, 2009, 8:20 pm

its getting bad by canadian standards but all and all its still one of the safest places to live in the world. Crime has gone from organized to disorganized, too many up and comers shooting it up. 5-7 billion I really doubt the drug trade is really worth that. The cops tend to tally there numbers by street prices not by wholesale.

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Re: Organized Crime in British Colombia.

Unread post by INDO » January 30th, 2009, 4:44 am

Surrey, BC alone has about 1000 grow ops, though police is cracking down on these guys now.

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Re: Organized Crime in British Colombia.

Unread post by CheGuevara » January 30th, 2009, 9:17 am

mmd604 wrote:its getting bad by canadian standards but all and all its still one of the safest places to live in the world. Crime has gone from organized to disorganized, too many up and comers shooting it up. 5-7 billion I really doubt the drug trade is really worth that. The cops tend to tally there numbers by street prices not by wholesale.
You make a good point on the underlined. BC only has 4.4 million people. So that number must be counting the consumption of the BC population at street value as well as counting the wholesale distribution which is distributed through out America and Canada.

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Re: Organized Crime in British Colombia.

Unread post by Azure9920 » January 30th, 2009, 9:21 am

mmd604 wrote:its getting bad by canadian standards but all and all its still one of the safest places to live in the world.
Organized crime in developed countries, such as the United States, Canada, Britain or Australia is rarely violent. They figured that out in the 40's that violence got in the way of money. Most of those murders are committed by relatively low level groups, such as UN, and various other street gangs.

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