Eduardo Balarezo, a Washington-based lawyer with a history of handling high-profile drug cases. Media attention is expected to be enormous, and the jury members will be kept anonymous for their safety. But it could also highlight the deep problems of Mexican law enforcement. Sinaloa politician Manuel Clouthier, who is running as an independent for the Senate, says corruption goes deeper than has been exposed so far.
Corruption among Mexican officials is hardly news; hundreds of police officers, generals and state governors have been charged for working with drug traffickers over the years. But exposing such dishonesty in an American court may also undermine the U. In previous controversies, to try and build conspiracy cases against major targets, members of various agencies have been found paying informants who are actively committing serious crimes and letting thousands of guns be trafficked to killers.
Customs and Border Protection have also been convicted of taking bribes to let drug loads through over the years. And there have been scandals over the techniques of American agents fighting cartels. In , journalist Alfredo Corchado exposed how U. In , the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was heavily criticized for failing to act as it watched nearly 2, guns be purchased in Arizona for Mexican cartels. The defense also faces daunting challenges.
In another twist, the actor Sean Penn and Rolling Stone could play a role. Vigil says the video could be vital evidence. Village shops even sell baseball caps that feature the words Chapo and C. Despite the decade-long military offensive against cartels, gunmen still move openly in these remote heights. One group of youths stand on a ridge above the road bearing guns and speaking into radios as they take note of vehicles going by; they are known as halcones , or hawks, a role that the traffickers often fill at the beginning of their cartel careers.
Add your rating See all 3 kid reviews. Miles Montego Jeff "Ja Rule" Atkins has everything a former drug kingpin turned concert promoter could imagine: One day he spots a beautiful woman at a red light and comes across her at his financial advisor Nick's Vincent Pastore party. Nick introduces him to Vanessa Adrienne Bailon , a church friend of his wife's, and explains that she's very devout.
Smitten, Miles flirts with Vanessa, who is interested in him -- if he's willing to start going to church with him and open his heart to faith.
Based on the life story of Galley Molina, a former Northern California cocaine dealer who converted to Christianity in prison, the movie has all the elements of a compelling "testimony. As a ministry tool in evangelical churches, this movie will no doubt be successful in sparking conversation about the power of God, and how no one is too sinful to be saved. Christian audiences looking for a movie with an inspirational story about the redemptive power of believing will be pleased with the production values, the recognizable cast, and the overt religious messages.
Secular audiences, however, will not be pleased with this movie. It's overlong two hours and overly sentimental, with Job-like disasters befalling and testing Miles first his mother dies, then his beloved Vanessa lands in a coma after an accident, and then the DEA rounds up and arrests his crew. The acting is fine, but the dialogue is heavy-handed in its mission to preach and is formulaic, amateurish, and unbelievable. Even if you already read the Bible and attend church regularly, this sermonizing story may not resonate as a film but more as a Sunday School lesson.
Families can talk about the intersection of faith and entertainment. What do you think of this movie's positive messages?
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In recent years, the Ford family home has become known for the annual barbecue, attended by hundreds of neighbours and a Who's Who of Conservative luminaries — including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. But in the s, the finished basement at 15 Weston Wood Rd.
Ford, and on numerous other occasions watching as it was sold. He said he couldn't recall exactly how much hash he purchased that day, but that it was enough to require a triple-beam balance scale — the kind used in most high-school science classes. Normally, street-level dealers in that era relied on Pesola scales, the compact tubes often used by fishermen to weigh their catch. As a dealer, Doug Ford was not highly visible. Another source, "Tom," who also supplied street-level dealers and has a long criminal record, said his girlfriend at the time would complain, whenever he was arrested, that he needed to be more calculating "like Doug.
Ford's approach, sources said, was to supply a select group that in turn distributed smaller amounts across Etobicoke. As well as James Gardens, a popular place to buy hash was the Royal York Plaza, also known as The Drift, because it offered a clear line of sight down Royal York Road and fair warning of any approaching police cruisers. The mall is located steps from the Fords' childhood home.
Ford, and knew him to supply street-level dealers. It was an operation. Ford handled were, at times, substantial. Like many of the street-level dealers interviewed, he said he sold hash in order to support his own smoking habits. When asked where Mr. Ford fit in the hierarchy of dealers in their neighbourhood, he replied: Turf wars were rare. Relations between dealers were so good, in fact, that in times of short supply, competitors turned to each other for help. Ford's ability to avoid scrutiny, also said he and Doug helped each other out during shortages.
There's enough money in it for everybody. Once the fights start and the guns come out, then the cops will be in and it will ruin it for everybody. Marco Orlando had thick, curly black hair and round cheeks. He and his parents, Italian immigrants, lived in a bungalow on a quiet cul-de-sac a short walk from the Ford family home. He was also supplied a lot of drugs on credit but was notoriously unreliable when it came to paying for them.
Among his suppliers, the suspicion was that Marco was sharing his illicit proceeds with his parents and feigning poverty. So two weeks before Christmas, they hatched a plan, said "Tom," a drug dealer who said he was involved in the scheme. On a Tuesday night, with the usual throng of young adults outside the Bank of Montreal at the Royal York Plaza, Marco was jumped, beaten and thrown into a car.
He was driven more than 30 kilometres to a basement in Bolton, where someone called his parents, demanding they hand over the money. For 10 hours, Mr. Orlando was captive, but his parents didn't panic. Instead, they called the police.
Within three days, all three men allegedly involved in the plot were under arrest. One of those arrested was Randy Ford, who was 24 at the time. Court records retrieved from the Archives of Ontario show that he was charged with assault causing bodily harm and the forcible confinement of Mr. The records do not disclose how the case was resolved. Randy Ford's lawyer at the time, Dennis Morris — currently representing Rob Ford in the controversy over the alleged crack-cocaine video — said he did not recall the incident.
He questioned the allegations surrounding the Ford family's past: Since his brothers became leaders of Canada's largest city, Randy has largely remained in the background. Like them, he has blond hair and a wide frame; he also drives a Cadillac Escalade. One of the few times he has been photographed by the media was for a Toronto Star article during the election campaign.
He posed with his brothers in front of a portrait of their father at the family business, where Randy oversees manufacturing. During the election-night speeches at the Toronto Congress Centre, he stood silently behind Doug, wearing a dark cowboy hat. But in the past, he was much less low-key. Whether on his motorcycle or at the helm heel of the family sailboat — The Raymoni — he always went full throttle. When he fought, which was often, it was usually a one-sided affair. Numerous sources identified Randy Ford as former drug dealer, including one who identified himself as former partner, but he and Doug maintained distinctly separate operations.
The eldest Ford sibling, Kathy, has been subjected to media scrutiny over the years, primarily because she has been linked to a number of bizarre, violent and sensational incidents. Most recently, in January, , her long-time boyfriend, a convicted cocaine and hash dealer named Scott MacIntyre, was charged with threatening to murder the mayor at his Etobicoke home.
He eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser offence and was given credit for time served. MacIntyre was part of the small group of family members celebrating with the new mayor, his wife, Renata, and Doug. Ford's relationship with Mr. MacIntyre is even more perplexing because of an earlier incident: In , he and another man were accused of shooting her in the face during an altercation in her parents' basement.
She survived the blast and was rushed to hospital, while Mr. MacIntyre fled in her mother's Jaguar. Crown prosecutors later dropped numerous charges against him, while his co-accused, Michael Patania, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a handgun. But even before that, there was gunplay — and it was fatal.
Seven years earlier, Ms. Ford's lover was fatally shot by her ex-husband, a drug addict named Ennio Stirpe. At his trial, Mr. Stirpe testified that his victim, Michael Kiklas, was a martial artist, which forced him to bring along the shotgun as "an equalizer. Not mentioned in the press at the time was the fact that Mr. Kiklas was a white supremacist — a group with which Ms. Ford associated in the s. Her friends included Gary MacFarlane, a founding member of the short-lived Canadian chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as the late Wolfgang Droege, perhaps the most notorious white supremacist in Canadian history, a former Klansman told The Globe in an interview.
Two other former associates of Ms.
When asked where Mr. At his trial, Mr. After driving only a few feet, he pulled to the side of the road and rolled down his window to chat with a man in a sunglasses and a blue shirt, Mr. Sometimes it's right to do the wrong things. Be the first to review this title. And it could highlight how taking down kingpins has failed to stop both the supply of narcotics to Americans and the bloodshed south of the border.
Ford confirmed her association with known white supremacists.