Canadian Police bust sophisticated Pan-American cocaine smuggling operation

April 4, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Canadian Police bust sophisticated Pan-American cocaine smuggling operation

SITUATION

The Provincial police of Ontario, Canada – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have made great progress in taking down an international cocaine smuggling operation. Deputy Commissioner Rick Barnum said that investigators had seized 55 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a transport truck from California.

The cocaine haul was discovered after Canadian Border Services Agency officers, acting on information from the OPP and with help from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, stopped the transport truck on Feb. 19 as it tried to enter the country through Windsor, Ont.

The truck had a complex mechanism including a speaker, with a hidden compartment which had two wires, which if connected to a battery would open a hidden compartment containing drugs.

The police, using a variety of tools and after an “extended examination, found the hidden drugs. This is an ingenious method to smuggle drugs, and unusual. The alleged driver of the truck, Slobodan Poznic, 44 of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., has been charged with importation of drugs and various trafficking-related offences. Investigators have also laid drug importation and trafficking charges against Michael Nagtzaam, 35, of Springwater Township, Ont., and Abrahan Brito, 32, of New Tecumseth, Ont.

The 15-months-long investigation dubbed Project Tattler has led to the arrest of three people. Members of the OPP-led Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Canada Border Services Agency, Canada Revenue Agency, and the United States-Department of Homeland Security Investigations were involved in the international illegal drug probe. The street value of the seized contraband is estimated to be a whopping $5.5 million. This drug distribution network has an international nexus to the United States, the proceeds of which were being dispersed throughout the complex organization in Ontario. Inf act the money linked was flowing back to Mexico,

It is not yet clear where the cocaine crossed the U.S-Mexico border, which Mexican drug cartel was allegedly involved or whether the operation had ties to organized crime groups in Ontario.

Police also seized roughly $800,000 in cash, a pickup truck, a tractor trailer, three off-road vehicles, including two ‘high-end’ side-by-sides and a snowmobile.

CHALLENGE

In the United States, much of the drug trafficking is carried out by Mexican, South American or Caribbean drug traffickers. In Canada, family ties to China and India are involved in much of the movement of drugs into the country from foreign lands.

This significant seizure of drugs and cash has dented the international drug nexus between Mexico, the US and Canada. It has also exposed the constant use of new ways which the traffickers are trying to get past the anti-trafficking agents and the border control.

Of all drugs used, imported into and exported out of Canada, Cocaine is the only drug that largely follows the drug conduits that feed U.S. addictions. Most cocaine in Canada originates in Colombia or Peru and comes to Canada by way of Mexico.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse estimates that the cost of illicit drug abuse runs $22.8 billion per year or $725 for every Canadian.

Through this drug bust, the vast criminal organization behind it has been weakened, financially, logistically and by way of intelligence leak. However, it also seems to be the tip of the iceberg, and a lot needs to be done. After a long operation lasting 15 months, extensive international cooperation between agencies such as Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Canada Border Services Agency, Canada Revenue Agency, and the United States-Department of Homeland Security;  Project Tattler has managed to arrest three persons.

There is a need for increased efficiency and effectiveness when dealing with such international smuggling rings. The information possessed by the arrested suspects needs to be uncovered and used efficiently in order to uncover intelligence about the smuggling and trafficking organizations they belong to. The challenge is that current investigative methods are costly, time-consuming, require manpower and may involve torture. This increase in efficiency and reliability cannot be achieved by increasing manpower, or vigil. The only answer is use of disruptive technology. Thus, a modern and foolproof intelligence gathering mechanism based on scientific methods is required.

WHY iCOGNATIVE?

Brainwave Science’s mission is to enable investigative agencies across the world to cut expenditures, reduce manpower requirements, reduce the number of pending cases, to help exonerate the innocent and to help get the guilty punished. Law enforcement officials desperately need a technology which can act as a litmus test and accurately detect the presence or absence of highly specific crime-related information in the brain of the arrested suspect. At the same time, it should respect the privacy of the suspect and not stray anywhere else and read unintended information. Brainwave Science has developed and now markets a technology named iCognative. Using iCognative, investigators can quickly screen suspects and focus on the one who is most likely to be the perpetrator, identify or exonerate suspects based on measuring their brain-wave responses to crime-related images, words or phrases which are displayed on a computer screen. These inputs are also called stimuli.

iCognative has been tested by several US Federal Government agencies and found to be over extremely accurate. It is the latest in technological crime solving. iCognative provides an accurate and reliable process to conduct criminal investigations without invasive procedures and biases. iCognative is a technology which can help all departments such as law enforcement, national security, border control, immigration, cybercrime, fraud, espionage, counter-terrorism, human and drug trafficking.

The technology declares results in two outcomes, either ‘information present’ or ‘information absent’. This represents if crime-related information in known to the test subject or it is not. The results of iCognative are 99.9% accurate, fully reliable and are rid of any false-positives or false-positives.

The test subject is made to wear a specialized headset and shown the stimuli on a computer screen. Once the subject sees or reads familiar stimuli, the test subject’s brain responds to the same and causes unique electrical activity which is measured by the headset. If the stimulus is unfamiliar then the brain response is different. The iCognative computer analyzes the brain responses and reports a result at the end of a 45-minute test. Using this test, not only can the investigating agencies determine if the test subject possesses crime-specific information or not, but also help identify the structure and the hierarchy of the criminal organizations that the suspects may belong to.

iCognative is applicable for intelligence gathering by all sorts of law enforcement departments as it has been found to be applicable to 85-90% of all civil and criminal cases.

In the iCognative test of each of the arrested trafficking suspects, the stimuli can be trafficking-related details like the entry and exit ports of the drug shipments in US-Mexico border, US-Canada border,  places where these drugs are suspected to be processed like labs, known sellers down the supply chain,  ownership and movement history of the seized truck and pick-up truck, three-off road vehicles, ‘high-end’ side-by-sides and a snowmobile, CCTV footage of all men in all the three countries, all other evidence and clues gathered in the 15-month long Project Tattler, email and phone records of the three men, etc.

The use of iCognative on a national and international scale with cooperation from American nations can help to quickly discover links between trafficking organizations, decipher supply chains, hierarchies, and the modus operandi.

iCognative is the best bet available to anti-trafficking agencies across the world, as it can efficiently way to interrogate and gather useful information which can be cross-referred with past investigations using the proprietary database analysis mechanisms inbuilt to this futuristic technology.

Will Canada, the US, Mexico come together and implement this technology across departments to share useful data and crack-down on criminal organizations quicker, rather than working in silos?

Main Source: CHCH

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