Montreal Quebec – Druglords sport fancy suits, drive souped up sports cars and spread a trail of cash wherever they go.
1 – Ernesto Guillermo Francisco Barretto-Morales, aka Tito Pacheco “Incredible clothes, alligator shoes, a gold watch with diamonds in it. He could pick up any woman. Nobody beat Tito.”
Son of a Peruvian diplomat who first dabbled in cocaine in the early 1970s in Miami when the drug was still rare. Bought supply from WEG boss Dunie Ryan and proceeded to enlist a top lawyer and various other unlikely bluebloods into his web of underlings.
Pacheco imported unrefined leaves and processed them in local labs, but the quest for discreetly acquiring chemicals required in their processing was the tricky part. He dressed flashy at all times, often in red. One day wearing red suit, yellow socks, pink boxing boots and a friend asked if he is a coke dealer “would I look this obvious?” as an excellent 1986 profile by Dan Burke recounts. He narrowly escaped prosecution by fleeing the country and still lives in Peru where he was convicted of other crimes recently.
2- Lucien Rivard 1914-2002 Heroin kingpin who escaped prison in 1965 by saying he had to water the rink.
It was springtime and well over freezing.
Rivard confessed to friends that he paid the guards off, a source tells Coolopolis. Lived in Cuba for a while and endured constant police surveillance.
Helped establish the French Connection heroin ring. Featured in thousands of radio, TV and newspaper reports over the years.
3-Jimmy Cournoyer Born 1970 behind bars since 2012. Started by moving marijuana through Kahnawake and then trucked and flew BC marijuana to Quebec and built fancy grow-ops and later an Ecstasy lab. pals with Georges St. Pierre and Leonard Di Caprio. Brazilian model girlfriend. Biker bosses and Capo Vito Rizzuto on the speed dial. Drove a $2 million Bugatti Veyron. Raised affluent in Laval. Father left when he was 16 and he stayed with mom Linda Bremner. Dad went broke and the family became threadbare. St. Pierre vouched for his character and the hell-of-a-guy defence is believed to have knocked some time off his sentence.
4- Daniel Muir Owned a $2 million house in Mount St. Hilaire and three Mercedes Benz.
Axed to death in early Dec 2004 by a pair attackers without masks near the Hotel de la Montagne on Mountain at 9:45 one evening after leaving Wanda’s strip club. He was 41. Crime reporter Richard Desamrais happened to see it – “I’ll never forget seeing a forehead smashed with an axe” he said. Muir was initially arrested in 1992 with 2. 6 kg of cocaine and 8.2 kg of hash.
He had such faith in his tarot reader that he paid for her house in Laval, bought her a Jeep Liberty and paid her to come to Cancun. Muir was duped out of over $100 million that he gave to Cambodians Sy Veng Chun and Leng Ky Lech to launder. They were convicted of money laundering in 2014.
Traveled in a black Mercedes, wore lots of gold, flashed cash, owned a piece of a downtown nightclub.
6- Matt Garner Weed dealer was raised in Dorion, moved to St. Henri where he used his marijuana cash to fund big-name hip hops shows including Rick Ross, Method Man and Busta Rhymes, his apartment became a magnet for local talent which he attempted to promote.
Garner promoted the image of living large. He was burned to death, along with Einik Gitelman, in his apartment on St. Remi on Nov 11, 2011. The horrific double murder remains unsolved.
He was killed by ht man Paul Gallant in August 1998 (one 29 Gallant killed between 78 and 2003).
8- John Griffin An unappreciated fashion innovator attempted to bring his Italian-inspired styles to the Irish hoods that moved in his circle.
9- Elizabeth Barrer Fashionably beguiling nightclubista was involved in marijuana trafficking around Decarie Blvd. while on the lam from the states.
A friend tells Coolopolis that Barrer was a nice person who didn’t sell drugs other than marijuana.
10 – Ducarme Joseph Thuggish street boss wasn’t much of a fashion plate but his wife owned a fashion boutique called Flawnego, where killers attempted to take him down and ended up shooting innocent people dead.
Joseph is suspected of being involved in the murder of Capo Vito Rizzuto’s son Nick on Upper Lachine in NDG. Joseph was gunned down dead August 1, 2014. He was 46.
*where Guy Lafleur was partying in 1981 before dozing off at the wheel and almost dying on the way home)
This story has been republished from Mr. Gravenor’s blog Coolopolis. LINK