(TMU) — A container ship owned by JP Morgan has been seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Philadelphia weeks after authorities discovered over $1 billion dollars worth of cocaine on the vessel.
On June 17, U.S. Customs and Homeland Security led a multi-agency effort which detected inconsistencies in seven shipping containers and confiscated 39,525 pounds of cocaine. The cocaine has a street value of approximately $1.3 billion.
On July 4, CBP executed a warrant and seized the MSC Gayane—which is the world’s second-largest container ship. The seagoing vessel is owned by JP Morgan Asset Management and operated by Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“The MSC Gayane is the largest vessel seized in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s 230-year history and follows the record seizure of almost 20-tons of cocaine discovered on the vessel,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Director of Field Operations in Baltimore.
“A seizure of a vessel this massive is complicated and unprecedented—but it is appropriate because the circumstances here are also unprecedented,” stated U.S. Attorney William McSwain.
Eight crew members have been arrested, according to Homeland Security, and multiple others have been charged. Charges included conspiracy to possess cocaine. The investigation is still ongoing.
The seized vessel sailed under Liberian flag and had previously traveled through Colombia, Chile, Peru, Panama and the Bahamas, according to an online ship tracker.
Ironically, JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon once blasted Bitcoin as being fraudulent, claiming it is only useful “if you were a drug dealer [or] a murderer.”
The Identity of “Q” at the Center of the QAnon Movement May have Finally Been Revealed
Has a new documentary finally unmasked the true identity of “Q”, the mysterious prophet at the center of the QAnon conspiracy movement that has enraptured millions of Americans? It increasingly seems that this may be the case.
QAnon emerged in October 2017 on the internet chat forum, 4Chan, which had been home to the so-called “alt-right” far-right movement. The QAnon movement has been at the center of incendiary accusations over a secret cabal of supposedly cannibalistic child sex-trafficking elites, conspiracies linking 5G to the ongoing pandemic, as well as claims that former President Donald Trump is leading a war against globalist elites, among other claims.
However, the HBO series “Q: Into the Storm” by filmmaker Cullen Hoback may finally have revealed the man at the center of the conspiratorial movement. Rather than being a top-secret government operative, instead the culprit may have been the most obvious one: Ron Watkins, the administrator of fringe message board 8kun.
In the Sunday finale for the miniseries, Watkins is revealed to have been lying about the role he played in the over 4,000 messages or “QDrops” posted since the movement’s inception.
While discussing his role in disseminating voter-fraud claims following Trump’s 2020 election loss, Watkins explained: “It was basically three years of intelligence training, teaching normies how to do intelligence work. It was basically what I was doing anonymously before, but never as Q.”
Hoback saw this as a tacit admission of guilt by Ron Watkins, who has been living in the Philippines, Japan, and the U.S. with his father Jim for the past three years.
As Hoback seemed to realize that Watkins may actually have been the wizard behind the curtain, Watkins smiled and cleared his throat before repeating: “Never as Q. I promise. I am not Q.”
While the scene isn’t proof of Watkins’ role, he also messaged his 150,000 subscribers on Telegram late Sunday: “Friendly reminder: I am not Q. Have a good weekend.”
However, the makers of the HBO documentary have concluded that Watkins is, in fact, at the center of the sprawling QAnon movement that has become central to far-right activities in the U.S., even to the point of having adherents elected to public office.
Indeed, Q has largely disappeared since Watkins announced his departure from 8kun on Dec. 8, reports VICE News.
Hoback’s conclusions are largely supported by other QAnon researchers.
“Some of the evidence has been out there for a long time, and some of it was evidence that Hoback either uncovered or put together,” Mike Rothschild, a QAnon researcher, wrote in the Daily Dot.
“But all of it leads back to the same place: that there are very few other people who could have and would have made the Q drops other than the person who ran the place where they were posted. QAnon can’t exist without the Watkinses, and 8kun without Q’s devotees may as well not exist.”
However, experts warn that the movement may have grown beyond the father-son team behind 8kun.
“Even if it was only Ron Watkins, the movement has grown far beyond one person or alias,” Rita Katz, executive director of SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online extremism, told Washington Post.
“It is now a global societal virus that has become a vessel for everything from [anti-vaccine] misinformation and coronavirus conspiracy theories to political agendas,” she added. But “everything Jim or Ron Watkins say should be taken with skepticism — even if that statement comes in the form of a bizarre ‘slip-up.’”
Trump “Pretty Likely” to Land in Jail For Many Alleged Crimes, Legal Analyst Says
Legal experts continue to say that it remains likely that former President Donald Trump could land in jail if convicted on one of the many legal challenges he faces.
Throughout his life, Trump has been involved in a number of lawsuits – both as the subject and instigator of them – but he is currently facing no less than 29 lawsuits and is also the subject of several criminal lawsuits, including one which saw his tax returns opened up to lawyers.
Trump is being investigated for potential bank, tax and insurance fraud by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for what Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office calls “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization,” reports the New York Times.
The former head of state denies any malfeasance and has said that he is “proud” of his tax returns.
However, legal analyst Jay Michaelson told Daily Beast’s The New Abnormal that Trump is “pretty likely” to face jail time if found guilty.
“Trump’s lawyers will always come up with something, but there should be no reason why the grand jury won’t get these financial records tomorrow,” Michaelson said.
“Will he go to jail for, like, the rest of his life? Probably no,” he continued. “Is it possible that this would lead to criminal charges that would carry jail time? I would say that’s pretty likely, and we could have a grand jury indictment fairly soon.”
Last month, the Supreme Court rejected the Trump legal team’s appeal to keep his tax returns closed from prosecutors. The move opens the door to the returns being shown to a grand jury in New York.
Following the ruling, Trump denounced the move as a result of him being a victim of “’the greatest political witch hunt in the history of our country.”
“In the meantime, murders and violent crime are up in New York City by record numbers, and nothing is done about it,” he added. “Our elected officials don’t care. All they focus on is the persecution of President Donald J. Trump.”
“I will fight on, just as I have, for the last five years (even before I was successfully elected), despite all of the election crimes that were committed against me. We will win!”
Senate Dems Plan to Legalize Marijuana With or Without Biden Approval: Schumer
Senators will soon begin working toward ending cannabis prohibition on a federal level if Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is to be taken at his word.
Schumer told Politico in a recent interview that lawmakers will move forward toward legalizing cannabis for recreational use with or without the approval of President Joe Biden.
Biden has signaled support for decriminalizing the plant and allowing states to decide on their own whether to legalize recreational use of the substance, but has opposed federal marijuana legalization on the grounds that it could be a gateway drug.
“I want to make my arguments to him, as many other advocates will,” Schumer said. “But at some point we’re going to move forward, period.“
Last week, Schumer’s home state of New York finally legalized cannabis use for people over the age of 21, becoming the 15th state to do so. The move comes as over 40 percent of U.S. residents live in states where recreational cannabis is fully legalized.
“The legalization of states worked out remarkably well,” he added. “The parade of horribles never came about, and people got more freedom. And people in those states seem very happy.”
On Wednesday, New Mexico passed a bill that sets the groundwork for it to become the 16th state to legalize recreational cannabis, reports New York Times.
In addition to being seen as a basic move to ensure a small measure of basic social equity for communities impacted by the failed “War on Drugs,” cannabis legalization has also been seen by cash-strapped local governments as an easy way to raise tax revenues adversely impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
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