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Saturday, 3 July 2010

Gangsters have a new drug of choice

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Gangsters have a new drug of choice: "Dennis Karbovanec walked into a Surrey high-rise in October 2007 and shot three people in the head, he was addicted to the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin.
And when his former Red Scorpion gang-mate Anton Hooites-Meursing played a role in the same Surrey Six murder plot, he was also struggling with an addiction to the pill police say is akin to 'prescription heroin.'
Jamie Bacon, the purported Red Scorpion leader, is similarly addicted to the drug, according to a Surrey pretrial memo highlighted in a recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling condemning Bacon's jail conditions.
Police say an increasing number of mid-level B.C. gangsters are popping Oxys to relieve the stress and pain of their volatile life in the criminal underworld.
And one former gangster says the big problem with the synthetic opiate used to control intense pain is that it removes inhibitions to troubling gang behaviours including acts of brutality and violence.
In the last two months alone, Abbotsford police have arrested two gang-linked men with sizable stashes of OxyContin."

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