The Drug Enforcement Agency and CanadianÂ authorities busted a huge network of drug dealers that included outlaw bikers,Â the Canadian Mafia and a Mexican drug cartel responsible for supplying New YorkÂ City with nearly a billion dollars in marijuana.
The illicit network’s ringleader is FrenchÂ Canadian drug kingpin Jimmy ‘Cosmo’ Cournoyer, authorities and new courtÂ documents show.
Cournoyer was caught last spring afterÂ stepping off a jet in Mexico.
A five-year probe carried out by the DEA andÂ police from Laval, Quebec, where Cournoyer once lived, shows that his networkÂ allegedly specialized in growing and distributing potent hydroponic marijuanaÂ harvested in British Columbia, according to the New YorkÂ Post.
The biker gang and the Montreal mob thenÂ smuggled the marihuana from Quebec into upstate New York, where trucks deliveredÂ it to a warehouse in Brooklyn, authorities and sources said.
Cournoyer, 33, reportedly earned enough fromÂ his illegal operations to fund a lavish lifestyle, including model girlfriend,Â Amelia Racine, and extravagant parties that attracted unknowing celebrities,Â Leonardo DiCaprio among them.
Cournoyer isÂ now awaiting trial in Brooklyn federal court for organizing the ‘vastÂ international drug-trafficking enterprise that has been in existence for moreÂ than a decade,’ prosecutor Steven Tiscione wrote in recent courtÂ papers.
‘The illegal narcotics distributed worldwideÂ by members of the criminal enterprise have a retail value of more than $1Â billion, conservatively,’ Tiscione wrote.
The Canadian kingpinÂ had attempted to throw off surveillance teams in Quebec by hiding his expensiveÂ Bugatti Veyron in a garage and driving around in a Porsche Cayenne owned by hisÂ girlfriend Racine, a Canadian-Brazilian brunette who has worked modelling gigsÂ in Europe, sources told the Post.
Cournoyer’s gal pal’s jailed brother, MarioÂ Racine, was allegedly acting as the kingpin’s trusted lieutenant.
Mario Racine is now awaiting extradition toÂ stand trial with his boss in Brooklyn, officials say.
After his arrest last spring, CournoyerÂ reportedly refused to board a U.S.-bound commercial airplane to the states whileÂ throwing a series of tantrums.
Those tantrums forced a total of four planeÂ changes over two days before Cournoyer was finally flown to New York City toÂ await his trial.
One of the Canadian kingpin’s biggest clientsÂ in New York was reputed Bonanno crime-family member John ‘Big Man’ Venizelos,Â who is now out on bail in the case, according to sources and courtÂ documents.
Millions of dollars generated fromÂ Cournoyer’s marijuana sales were used to buy cocaine from Joaquin GuzmÃ¡n Loera,Â the leader of the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel, according to federalÂ authorities.
The alleged sale of the cocaine supplied byÂ GuzmÃ¡n then further financed Cournoyer’s marijuana operations inÂ Canada.