The Canadian Maple Syrup Syndicate

  • Aired:  02/28/13
  •  | Views: 54,790

Jason Jones investigates a powerful Canadian cartel, and comes face to face with the Pablo Escobar of maple syrup. (5:55)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

THE DRUG WAR -- TOUGH SEGUE.

THE DRUG WAR HAS COST COUNTLESS LITCHS AND ENDLESS DOLLARS.

NOW THERE'S A TERRIFYING FRONT FROM AN UNEXPECTED SOURCE.

JASON HAS MORE.

>> EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT THE DRUG VIOLENCE PERPETRATED BY THE RUTHLESS MEXICAN CARTELS BUT WE

HAVEN'T HEARD MUCH ABOUT THE VIOLENT ONES UP NORTH IN QUEBEC.

I SAT DOWN WITH A LOCAL REPORTER WHO AGREED TO SPEAK WITH US ON THE CONDITION WE HID HIS IDENTITY.

THIS SAY BIG DEAL IN CANADA.

THE CARTEL ACCOUNTS FOR THREE QUARTERS OF PRODUCTION.

>> WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?

COKE, HEROIN, MARIJUANA.

>> MAPLE SYRUP.

>> COME AGAIN.

>> MAPLE SYRUP.

>> SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE SAYING MAPLE SYRUP.

>> YES, THE CONDIMENT.

>> PUT THE LIGHTS ON.

WHAT?

>> A BARREL OF MAPLE SYRUP THE MARKET VALUE IS 20 TIMES THAT OF A BARREL OF CRUDE OIL.

>> HOLY (bleep), TURN THE LIGHTS OUT.

THIS LUCRATIVE BUSINESS IS CONTROLLED BY THE CARTEL KNOWN AS THE CONFEDERATION OF MAPLE

SYRUP PRODUCERS.

I ARRANGED THE MEETING WITH THE BOSSMAN HIMSELF THE PABLO ESCOBAR OF MAPLE SYRUP.

>> WHEN IT -- HI, WELCOME TO CANADA.

>> NOT THE GREETING HE WAS EXPECTING.

>> SOME PEOPLE SAID WE'RE KIND OF OPEC OF MAPLE SYRUP.

WE HAVE 42 MILLION POUNDS IN THE RESERVE IN THE WAREHOUSES.

>> DID YOU JUST SAY YOU HAVE A STRATEGIC MAPLE SYRUP RESERVE?

>> YES.

>> DO YOU FEEL THE WORD WOULD COLLAPSE IF THE SYRUP STOPPED FLOWING?

>> YES, BECAUSE YOU KNOW MAPLE SYRUP IS A COMFORT FOOD BASICALLY.

>> WHERE THE SYRUP FLOWS, CRIME FOLLOWS.

>> 18 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF MAPLE SYRUP WAS STOLEN FROM A STORAGE WAREHOUSE.

>> POLICE RECOVERED VEHICLES, ELECTRONIC LIFTS AND SCALES AND THEY SEIZED A WAREHOUSE.

>> YES, SYRUP RELATED CRIME IS EXPLODED AGAINST CANADA WITH CRIMINALS BECOMING MORE BRAZEN

EVERY DAY.

>> IT WAS APPARENTLY SIPHONED FROM THE ORIGINAL CONTAINERS AND DISTRIBUTED THROUGH UNDERGROUND

CHANNELS AND ULTIMATELY ACROSS THE BORDER.

THAT'S A LOT OF MAPLE SYRUP TO SHOVE UP YOUR ASS.

>> YOU WOULDN'T DO IT.

WOULD YOU DRIVE IT.

>> OF COURSE, THAT MAKES SENSE.

HE WASN'T GOING TO GET IT GO UNPUNNISHED.

>> I THOUGHT THIS SAY JOKE.

IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.

>> DO YOU THINK SENDING A MESSAGE BY STRINGING A THIEF UP BY A MAPLE TREE?

>> NO.

CLEARLY I WOULD GET NOWHERE WITH THIS MASTER OF LIES.

IF I WAS GOING TO FIND THE MISSING STICKY I HAD TO STEP OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE TO

UNDERGROUND SYRUP HOUSES.

>> DO YOU HAVE IDEA OF WAR GOING ON TO PUT THIS (bleep) IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE.

>> IT'S WAFFLES.

>> THIS WAS THE BIGGEST SYRUP HEIST IN CANADIAN HISTORY BUT ALL THE SAP SUCKERS CARED ABOUT

WAS GETTING THE NEXT FIX.

>> IT'S REALLY GOOD ON ICE CREAM.

IT GETS KIND OF THICK AND MORE SYRUPY LIKE TOFFEE.

>> I'M LOOKING AT WHAT YOU ARE EATING AND THINKING YOU ARE BARELY HUMAN ANYMORE.

>> EXCUSE ME?

>> WHEN INVESTIGATING THE UNDERWORLD OF SYRUP TRADE A REPORTER HAS TO BE CAREFUL NOT

TO GET TOO CLOSE.

>> HAVE YOU TRIED?

>> I DON'T NEED TO.

>> Tom: YES, YOU SHOULD TRY.

>> I DON'T NEED TO, OKAY?

>> BUT SAYING CLEAN IN CANADA ISN'T EASY WITH PUSHERS EVERYWHERE.

>> DID YOU EVEN TRY IT?

>> I DON'T NEED TO TRY IT.

>> YOU SHOULD TRY IT.

YOU WILL TRY IT BECAUSE IT'S FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO TALK ON TV ABOUT MAPLE SYRUP, YOU HAVE TO

TASTE IT.

>> FINE.

SURE, IT WAS GOOD, EVEN GREAT BUT THIS WAS A SERIOUS STORY THAT SOMEONE NEEDED TO GET TO

THE BOTTOM OF AND I WAS NOT ABOUT TO LOSE CONTROL.

[ LAUGHTER ]

HAPPEN TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THESE STOLEN CANADIAN STICKIES?

>> NO.

>> DO YOU HAVE SAMPLES?

>> WANT TO TASTE IT.

>> LOOK AT THAT.

JUST A LITTLE.

I'LL TAKE THREE JUGS.

>> THREE JUGS, ALL RIGHT.

>> DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING BIGGER THAN THESE?

>> I WAS GETTING ANSWERS BUT I NEEDED MORE ANSWERS, A LOT MORE ANSWERS.

♪ IT'S JUST A SHOUT AWAY ♪ ♪ ♪

>> PUT THE SYRUP IN THE BAG.

PUT THE SYRUP IN THE BAG ♪ ♪ ♪

>> IN QUEBEC POLICE SAY THEY'VE ARRESTED 18 PEOPLE IN CONNECTION WITH THE THEFT OF MILLIONS OF

DOLLARS WORTH OF MAPLE SYRUP.

>> MOTHER (bleep) THEY SOLVED THIS THING?

>> WHY I HAD LET MYSELF BECOME ADDICTED TO MAPLE SYRUP.

THIS THING WAS OVER OR WAS IT?

>> WE'RE WORKING ON DEVELOPING NEW MARKETS TALKING ABOUT JAPAN AND EUROPE.

THERE'S A LOT OF CONSUMERS THERE.

>> HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT?

>> YOU PUT MAPLE SYRUP IN YOUR TEA OR COFFEE.

YOU ARE GOING TO BE SLEEP LIKE A BABY.

[LAUGHTER]

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