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Different Kind of Drug Murder in Mexico

There was a drug world-related murder last Friday night in Mexico that is notable for two reasons. First, it took place at a very unusual location: the Starbucks in Nuevo Vallarta, just a few hundred feet from Paradise Village Marina and just 100 yards from the entrance to the super family-friendly Paradise Village Resort, both of which have extensive security infrastructure. Second, the victim was not a Mexican, but 47-year-old Tom Gisby.

Mexican authorities went out of their way to say that Gisby was not some typical tourist on vacation. This claim was verified by Vancouver, B.C. police, who described Gisby as a "major international drug trafficker" for more than 20 years, with extensive connections in Mexico and Colombia.

There is a major gang war going on in Vancouver between the Hells Angels, the Dhak Group, the Red Scorpions, the United Nations Gang, and others. Gummit Dhak was gunned down outside a mall in Canada in ’10. A Hells Angel and a member’s niece were wounded a short time later. In January of this year, explosives destroyed Gisby’s motorhome near Whistler, Canada, although he suffered only minor burns. That same day Salih Abdulaziz Sahbaz, a B.C. gangster in the United Nations Gang, was shot to death in Mexico. Just a day later, gangster Sandip Duhre was gunned down in the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver.

Canadian authorities say Gisby is at least the sixth Canadian with links to the BC drug trade who has been gunned down in Mexico in recent years. After his motorhome was blown up, Gisby apparently sought refuge in Mexico, where he’d reportedly spent a lot of time over the years.

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