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Cause ain’t no such things as halfway crooks

February 13, 2009

Once again I find myself laughing out loud at a description of a drug bust in the newspaper.  Today I was reading about Operation Axe in the Globe and Mail where 47 arrests were made in the Montreal area.  When the article mentioned what they seized the journalist described it like this:

Police seized 25 firearms and 41 kilograms of cocaine, as well as steroids, Viagra and five BlackBerrys. Those arrested face charges including gangsterism, weapons possession and drug trafficking.

And it’s not the black market Viagra that I find particularly amusing.  The fact they mention the five Blackberrys kills me.  Drugs, guns and Blackberrys… which one is something that you might carry around?  I mean seriously who cares if they had Blackberrys. 

The first time I saw something like this was in the Guelph Mercury a couple of years ago.  They busted these two guys who had a ton of Ecstasy pills, other drugs, a huge wad of cash and… wait for it… two cell phones!.  Good thing these guys were caught, who knows what they would have done with a cell phone each!  The only possible reason  someone has to carry a cell phone is to make drug deals and set up mob hits, right?

Ever since first reading that article I’ve noticed from time to time the need for journalists to mention cell phones in arrests. To me, in this day and age, mentioning cell phones in a drug and/or weapons bust is not newsworthy.  A cell phone or blackberry is a common item.  I realize that there could possibly be other criminal contacts saved in cell phone but, their is no crime in owning or using such a device.

Two men were arrested today on charges of drug trafficking.  Police seized 20 kilograms of cocaine, a firearm, two cell phones, a set of house keys, a pack of trident gum and a pair of M-frame Oakley sunglasses. 

…OK, you get my point.  And you probably don’t find it as funny as I do.

On a side note, one of the guys arrested in the Globe article competed in the ’96 Olympics as a weightlifter.


  1. February 13, 2009 4:39 pm

    Wow. That looks like a mini Adam!

  2. Catts permalink
    February 13, 2009 7:15 pm

    My god, I have a pack of Trident gum AND a Blackberry.

  3. reidcoolsaet permalink*
    February 14, 2009 11:43 pm

    Update: I read the same story in the Toronto Star last night at my friend’s house and they didn’t mention the Blackberrys. I feel sorry for people reading the Star, they probably don’t fully realise the severity of the crimes committed by these gang members.

  4. February 17, 2009 11:27 am

    Hey Reid,

    I hadn’t seen the blog in a while and I’m glad to see you’re back running.
    In response to this post, though, you need to watch more of The Wire. The Blackberrys and cell phones are the key to the whole deal, because they have the digits of every other dealer, buyer, and contact in the province on them. When news about the phones hits the papers, a whole lot of people book their plane tickets and start growing their beards in.

    Also, the charge of “gangsterism” is my favorite part, because I always thought that was more of a state of mind than a indictable offense.

    Best of luck and hope to see you on the track soon!


  5. October 29, 2010 4:28 pm

    Oakley sunglasses are expensive and there are many knockoffs too so check your Oakleys if they are original;;’

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