According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's 2009 World Drug Report, which was released this morning in Washington, Canada has become a major player on the world market for amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), such as methamphetamine and Ecstasy.
Manufacture of Ecstasy in 2007 was reported in just eight countries. Among them: Canada.
"Canada-based organized crime groups' participation in the methamphetamine trade has grown significantly since 2003," the report says. "By 2006, law enforcement intelligence noted that Asian organized crime and traditional outlaw motorcycle gangs operating in Canada had increased the amount of methamphetamine they manufactured and exported, primarily into the USA, but also to Oceania and East and South-East Asia. For example, Australia identified that methamphetamine from Canada accounted for 83% of total seized imports by weight, for Japan the figure was 62%. Although only 5% of domestically manufactured methamphetamine was exported in 2006, by 2007 that figure was 20%."
Since 2003-04, Canada has become the "primary source of Ecstasy-group substances," such as MDMA, MDA MDEA/MDE for North American markets and increasingly for other regions, the UN report said.
"As of 2007, identified Ecstasy laboratories were large-capacity facilities primarily controlled by Asian organized crime groups, utilizing precursor chemicals trafficked from China in sea containers. In 2007, it was estimated that 50% of domestically produced Ecstasy was trafficked outside of Canada. Most of this was thought to be destined for the USA, Australia and Japan," the report said.
I stopped blogging about drug arrest reports published in the Toronto Star because I felt that I would be picking on the Asian community since more often than not those arrested had Asian names (mostly Vietnamese and Chinese).
That being said, Canada's rise up the list of drug producing nations is shameful and is due in large part to unnecessary immigration from Asia. What I mean by this is that Canada accepts too many immigrants from too few source countries and China, along with India, is one of them.
China has continuously topped the list of source countries of immigrants to Canada not becuase we need them but simply because applicants from that country flood the immigration system due to the large size of China's population. Same can be said of the refugee stream.
This large influx provides good cover for criminal elements to slip right in and set up shop.
Read here about corruption at Canada's Hong Kong consulate.
Read here about the largest ecstasy bust in the history of York Region (located just north of Toronto); and here , here and here.
Read here about the Vietnamese take over of the pot trade in British Columbia.
And with the increasing influx of South American immigrants into Canada we can expect to see a new kid on the block.
As long as Canada stubbornly refuses to lower immigration targets to what the nation actually needs and not what the immigration industry wants it will be difficult to effectively police our borders and weed criminals out.