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Why are many people unwilling to provide tips to police that could solve a murder?

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Does it not strike anyone else as odd Emma and her mother didn't speak for a year? I can't fathom that length of time going by without speaking when there was no apparent riff...
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Chrisma Joy Denny was last seen on Sept 11, 2014 at the Eskasoni Band Council Office. She has not been seen for over two months. She was reported missing on Nov 4, 2014. She is believed to have been living in the Sydney,C.B. area. She has been known to  travel outside of the Cape Breton area.  She is described as: 5'6" , weight: 145 pds.  Brown eyes and Brown hair.  If anyone has seen are know the whereabouts of Christmas, please contact the following numbers:  Cape Breton Regional Police:  902-563-5151 ;
 Eskasoni RCMP :  902-379-3822  or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 (anonymous) 
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Calgary / Re: Suryan Giama - remains found June 30, 2014 - Stoney Nakoda First Nation AB
« Last post by SAP on November 22, 2014, 10:42:29 AM »
The reserve elders are often victims themselves of these gang members. We've seen that in many reserves already, where the young gang members controlled and drove fear into the community. We've seen that in Hobbema where even toddlers were killed in retaliation. It seems to be widespread.
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Quote from article. "Officers were called to the Stoney Nakoda First Nation west of Cochrane " unquote.

Once again, this reserve comes up linked in part to crime.  We have learned that there is a gang problem on this reserve, and drugs etc.

If the murdered young man was involved with this gang, in any way, then he would have lived dangerously. For some reason, I hope that is not the case, although what difference does it make now?  He is deceased!!.

Condolences to his family.

JB

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General Discussion / Re: MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL MOVING INTO CALGARY
« Last post by SAP on November 21, 2014, 09:34:10 PM »
An article from a year ago explains how the Mennonites were linked ...

http://metronews.ca/news/calgary/794193/alberta-mennonites-linked-to-mexicos-juarez-drug-cartel/

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“Bad economy, people have got to make money somehow . . . you never really know what’s going on, people here try to keep to themselves,” he said.

Merrill said it was “certainly possible” that some of the drugs allegedly being trafficked would have ended up in Calgary. It’s believed that passenger vehicles with custom-designed, hidden compartments were being used to move the drugs across both the U.S. and Canadian borders.

Still, Merrill said the case was not necessarily indicative of a widespread problem among Alberta Mennonites.

“I’m not disparaging a whole Mennonite class of people,” he said. “These people were the bad apples of their community.”


With a little bit of luck these gangsters will eliminate each other. 
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General Discussion / Re: MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL MOVING INTO CALGARY
« Last post by SAP on November 21, 2014, 09:19:04 PM »
Christians involved ... when the cartel picks you, there is no way out except death.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/mennonite-ties-to-mexican-drug-cartels-years-in-the-making-1.2626314

Cocaine worth millions of dollars has crossed over the border and violence associated with the criminal activity is likely to ramp up, according to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Jim Schrant in Colorado.

"Because of the lucrative nature of the drug trade, and to make sure that people pay on time and to make sure that people aren't being double crossed, it's a very violent enterprise," he said.

Mexico to Alberta
Many prairie Mennonite farmers migrated south for large land grants offered to farmers. In the last couple years, though, social hardships have brought hundreds back, but some brought cartel connections with them. (Google Maps)

Schrant is quick to point out most of the Mennonite community members are hard-working, law-abiding citizens — but, like in every group, he says there are a few bad seeds.

Cocaine is costly in Canada, and Schrant says its value increases with every border it crosses.

"At the end of the day, the drug business, as vile and poisonous as it is, is a business," said Schrant. "And what they're going to look at is the most successful business model that they can and when you have high demand for a product, in this case cocaine, the further you get away from source of origin, the higher the prices go up.”

Strong ties with Mexico

Members of Canada's Mennonite communities began migrating to Mexico in the first few decades of the 1900s.

Several factors influenced the exodus: Canadian laws required children to attend school, keeping key farm hands out of the fields, and at the same time the Mexican government was trying to ramp up agricultural production in Mexico.

"They offered large land grants to farmers in North America," said Schrant. "Some of the finest farmers in the world are [from] the Mennonite community, so around the turn of the century there was a large immigration from the U.S. and Canada into northern Mexico, particularly the state of Chihuahua."

Schrant says eventually the cartels cozied up to their Mennonite neighbours, forming an alliance with some. But social problems, economic hardship and violence have driven hundreds back to the Canadian Prairies over the last two to three years.

With connections already generations deep, the cartels now have trusted allies in the north.

Farmer caught with cocaine

Several recent cases highlight the problem.

Jacob Fehr was sentenced last week to seven years in prison for bringing cartel cocaine from his former home in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Calgary.

Fehr moved to Peace River in 2007, but he was caught smuggling the drug at the Coutts border crossing in January 2011.

Jacob Fehr
Jacob Fehr was working for a cartel when he was caught with cocaine at the Canada-U.S. border. He told border officials at the time that he had been forced into it, and that cartel members had threatened his wife and four daughters. (CBC)

The 38-year-old testified in his own defence, telling the judge armed cartel members threatened his family. He said it was his third trip to Alberta, which would have completed his commitment to the cartel, when he was caught with two kilograms packed into his SUV. His wife and four daughters were in the vehicle at the time.

"Cocaine is considered a pernicious drug and the effects on society are extremely detrimental," said Crown prosecutor Frank Polak after Fehr was sentenced. "It is not indigenous to Canada, so it has to be brought in, so the importation charge is particularly concerning."

Polak is in the middle of another drug trial involving two defendants in Lethbridge.

Authorities charged Abram Klassen and Jacob Dyck with importing cocaine, possessing cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, and conspiracy to import cocaine after they seized 16 kilograms of pure cocaine at Coutts and Great Falls border crossings.

The seizures and charges were the result of a 15-month, cross-border investigation.

Seven people were charged last year after U.S. officials seized thousands of kilograms of cocaine headed for the small southern Alberta town of Grassy Lake where about 600 people, mostly Mennonites, live.

Manslaughter guilty plea

Luis Alfonso Ochoa-Gamez will also be sentenced in the fall after pleading guilty to manslaughter for the killing of Mauro Hernanzez-Renteria after a drug deal went wrong.

Grassy Lake
Seven people were charged last year after U.S. officials seized cocaine headed for the small southern Alberta town of Grassy Lake, where about 600 people, mostly Mennonites, live. (Allison Dempster/CBC)

Both Ochoa-Gamez and Hernanzez-Renteria are from Mexico and the crime is connected to one of southern Alberta's Mennonite communities.

In a statement, Canadian Border Services officials wrote that they recognize "the importance of proactive intelligence-based approaches to monitor the cross-border movement [of] contraband, including narcotics, and to enhance interdiction support."

"Regardless of a method of concealment, whether in a traveller’s suitcase, the load of a commercial shipment or in the dashboard of an automobile, by using contraband detection equipment, training and experience, CBSA officers are able to locate drugs and other contraband even when the most unusual and sophisticated concealment methods are used."

The DEA works closely with RCMP, Canadian Border Services and other local police agencies, but Schrant acknowledges tackling the problem in Alberta means tracing the criminal organization to its violent and well-established network back in Mexico.

"It's like eating a horse, you do it one bite at a time," he said. "It's important work. You look at the violence that's spread throughout Mexico as a result of these cartel activities, the violence that we've experienced here in the United States in this case and others some of the drug-related violence that's extended to Canada and it's the motivation for maintaining this fight."
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General Discussion / Re: MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL MOVING INTO CALGARY
« Last post by SAP on November 21, 2014, 09:14:04 PM »
Exactly what we don't need ... the heavy violence of Mexican drug runners. Calgary is only a stepping stone.
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London / Re: Jacqueline English - London, ON - Murdered - 1969
« Last post by Sunshine31 on November 21, 2014, 08:48:40 PM »
Welcome butterflies!
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‘He will be walking the street in no time’: Family disputes manslaughter charge in Calgary slaying
 
 
BY CLARA HO, CALGARY HERALD NOVEMBER 21, 2014 4:40 PM

The body of Suryan Giama was found on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation near Morley.
Photograph by: Submitted , Calgary Police Service
The family of a married father, who went missing and was later confirmed slain earlier this year, is relieved someone was finally arrested in connection with the death but unhappy with the charges laid.

Kevin Douglas Dalton, 35, was taken into custody without incident from a southeast Calgary home on Friday and charged with manslaughter and committing an indignity to a human body.

The charges stem from the disappearance and death of 25-year-old Suryan Giama. Police say the men knew each other, but are not elaborating on the nature of the relationship or a potential motive at this time.

Imam Abdi Hersy, speaking on behalf of Giama’s family, said they are all “feeling better” knowing that someone has finally been charged in the death.

“However, the charges are not satisfactory,” Hersy said Friday, adding the family believes the killing was intentional. “Someone is paying the price. But it’s not much.”

Giama was last seen by a family member on Feb. 17, at a home in Woodbine.

His vehicle was later discovered on March 19 in the Britannia-Elboya area.

His family said his disappearance was out of character.

Forensic evidence gathered from multiple scenes and searches throughout the city led detectives to believe Giama had been slain and the missing person case turned into a homicide investigation.

On June 30, a citizen came across human remains on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation near Morley and contacted Cochrane RCMP. An autopsy determined the remains were Giama’s.

The cause of death is still being determined, but it’s believed Giama died as a result of an altercation, police said.

Investigators are not looking for any other suspects.

Hersy says there are still many unanswered questions and the family, who now lives in Ontario, is eager to find out what happened.

He added they feel police were initially reluctant to thoroughly investigate the case were not sensitive to the family’s suspicions that something had gone wrong.

Hersy says the family plans to return to Calgary to follow the court case, but do not feel optimistic about the outcome.

“He will be walking the street in no time.”
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General Discussion / Re: AN OPINION PIECE OF SUICIDE IN THE POLICE FORCE
« Last post by OAKS on November 21, 2014, 07:53:25 PM »
Emergency services is truly a brotherhood. We laugh together,  cry together,  mourn together,  understand each other and stand beside one another. We have lost too many from our EMS family to suicide in the past few years here in New Brunswick. It's time to be proactive and put a stop to this. I'm not convinced in how it could or should be done,  but with PTSD awareness on the rise, it's a good start
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