Friday, July 15, 2016

Canadian prison inmate helped U.S. dealer import W-18

Aldolphe Joseph
A man convicted of smuggling drugs into the U.S. had a large quantity of the deadly new synthetic opioid W-18 — and help from a Canadian prison inmate getting it.

Aldolphe Joseph, 34, of Miramar, Florida was sentenced in March to 10 years and one month in federal prison after admitting he had fentanyl shipped to him from China with help from a prison inmate in Canada who helped set up the deal. Federal prosecutors said they were just as concerned about another substance found at his home; W-18. Prosecutor Anita White told the judge that when law enforcement searched Joseph's home, they found more than 2.5 pounds of W-18.
The DEA found Joseph through his contact with an inmate at the medium security Drummond Institution in Drummondville, Daniel Vivas Ceron. When Ceron's cell was searched, authorities found a cellphone and drug ledger that included Joseph's addresses. Ceron had used the contraband cell phone to sell the fentanyl, which was shipped by mail from labs in China.

The Colombian had lived in Quebec since 1988 before being deported on 17 July 2015.
Canada added W-18 to its controlled substance list as of June 1, 2016 and it is illegal to produce, possess, import, export or traffic in the drug.

W-18 remains legal in the US.