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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

CJNG in Canada: B.C.-detained man charged in Mexico cocaine conspiracy ordered extradited to U.S.

Chivis Martinez  Borderland Beat  TY BB Follower  Source
Last April 16, Jose Barba-Ruiz was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency at Vancouver International Airport after arriving on a flight from Mexico. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO
Chivis Note:   
Roberto Castellanos Meza aka “El Beto bonques", is a main CJNG operator in  Nayarit

A Mexican man suspected of links to a “significant cocaine broker” and charged in a major drug conspiracy has been ordered committed for extradition to the United States.

On April 16, 2019, Jose Barba-Ruiz, also known as “Picoso,” was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency at Vancouver International Airport after arriving on a flight from Mexico.

RCMP arrested him after receiving information from the United States Department of Homeland Security and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration that he was wanted in the U.S. on drug conspiracy charges.

U.S. authorities allege that Barba-Ruiz, a father of two, is a secretary to Roberto Castellanos-Meza, said to be a major drug dealer operating in Mexico.

An investigation led to two maritime seizures of large shipments of cocaine in October and November 2016 and involved authorized wiretap intercepts of BlackBerry messages and an unidentified co-operating witness who worked closely with Barba-Ruiz and Castellanos-Meza, according to the U.S. authorities.

The messages show that on Oct. 18, 2016, crew members were aware that they were being followed by aircraft and sought permission to jettison the cargo of cocaine, with Castellanos-Meza giving the permission to do so, say the authorities.

The co-operating witness, who has pleaded guilty to offences against the U.S., is expected to identify Barba-Ruiz as the user of multiple BlackBerry personal identification numbers that were intercepted during the course of the investigation, they say.

Barba-Ruiz is alleged to have discussed brokering sales authorized by Castellanos-Meza of specific “brands” of cocaine and to have negotiated sales of sample cocaine.

Communications intercepted also allegedly have Castellanos-Meza instructing Barba-Ruiz to bring drug ledgers and collected cash to him at his home.

At his extradition hearing, Barba-Ruiz’s lawyer conceded that the evidence was enough to establish that the conduct he was alleged have have engaged in, had it been committed in Canada, would justify committal for trial.

His lawyer also admitted that the person in court was the same person who had been arrested by RCMP at the Vancouver airport but argued that the Crown had not proven that Barba-Ruiz is the same person who is being accused of committing the alleged offences.

But in her ruling on the case, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather MacNaughton concluded that the person before the court is the person named by the U.S. authorities and that there was a “prima facie” case that he is the person who engaged in the alleged conduct.

The judge ordered Barba-Ruiz committed into custody to await a decision by the federal justice minister of whether to surrender him to the U.S. He has 30 days in which to appeal the extradition committal order.


  1. Another one bites the dust, thanks Canada.

  2. Theres a guy on YouTube named "wrong to strong" that made a video talking to a antrax. It was really interesting and gave insights about working for the cartels.

    1. Yea also look up og shadow on YouTube

  3. Who is their Canadian connection?

    1. You know nothing thats just route they use instead of using Mexico for entering the U.S. South border success rate is low and its hott too many snitches. Canada is not supplier

    2. Ridiculous comments. The Canadians buy drugs from the Mexican cartels and from other sources worldwide. For the most part Vancouver drug trade is controlled by the Hells Angels. Also there are at least 5 other major drug trafficking gangs, the east Indians, the asian triads, white groups, Arabs, etc.

    3. U.N. Gang (mostly well off white boys) has had the most gangland killings in mex particularly Jalisco and a few in Sinaloa. The ndrangheta have vast wealth and power and I would rate them next to Asian gangs as the highest earning gangs with the least amount of busts or attention. Violi’s commisso ‘ndrine to name a couple....

      Tom Gibsby was gunned down in 2010 or so, he the only HA to get popped down there


  4. jalisco sells nothing but cut garbage levamisole laced blow anyways, keep busting these scumbags

  5. Cjng is all over the world but are lower key than the snitchloas but snitchloas love to think they are the only ones that can make deals! Just remember since el chapo became so famous for snitching all around the world most of his business partners decide to cut ties and look for partners who wouldnt snitch and thats when cjng took most of the business! Nobody want to do business with snitches

    1. Say all you know to say in every sentence is snitch, time for you to get a life.

    2. you are not serious right cjng are straight up terrorists of mexico

  6. The Canadian/Lebanese Bank got taken out of business a while ago,
    their rivals must have inherited the business ráiraway like the Russian Red Mafiya inherited the eyetalian mafiosos businesses as soon as Rudi Giuliani put them away and out of their way, in secret, less people find too soon about the Kazachok Connection...Retired but mafioso for life Michael Franzese will talk some day, he is the only living survivor mafioso from that era.


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