Jason Joey Berry a Quebec Prison inmate is facing deportation to the United States over allegations by American law enforcement that he organized an international fentanyl-trafficking ring from inside his prison cell involving drugs imported from China and distributed throughout North America.
Jason Joey Berry, 36, is currently serving a 12-year sentence in a federal prison for importing and producing mass quantities of fentanyl pills in Canada, for which he was arrested in 2013. In a 2017 indictment, U.S. authorities charged Berry and a former fellow inmate, Colombian national Daniel Vivas Ceron, with running a fentanyl trafficking operation from inside the medium-security Drummond Institution using a prohibited mobile phone and multiple aliases.
Canadian Department of Justice spokesperson Ian McLeod told Global News in an email that the United States made a request last month for the provisional arrest of Berry to face drug-trafficking charges.
McLeod said the arrest warrant was carried out on Oct. 17 and Berry appeared in court the following day. A court document indicates Berry’s next court appearance will be this Friday, Nov. 15, at the Superior Court of Quebec in Montreal.
According to the American indictments, undercover law enforcement officials posed as buyers in 2014 and eventually traced a Canada Post package of fentanyl analog pills back to the Quebec prison. U.S. authorities accused Berry, Vivas Ceron and several other people from the U.S., Canada, and China of being involved in the scheme.
This was part of a compound investigation, tagged, Operation Denial that was sparked y the overdose death of an 18-year-old in Grand Forks, American law enforcement officials say many overdose deaths have been connected to the drugs sold via the prison operation.