Tag Archives: Argyll

True Detective III: “The Cowles’ Identity”

According to the DEA—which, caveat emptor, lies like a dog when it suits its purposes—El Chapo Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel  “supplies 80% of the heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine, with a street value of $3 billion, that floods Chicago each year.” … Continue reading

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True Detective II: “The Vaughn Addendum”

In 2003,  Directors Performance Fund, a hedge fund controlled and run by Sharon Vaughn, mother of actor Vince Vaughn, capitalized a “bank” specializing in providing financing to drug traffickers and snake oil salesmen peddling goat’s blood. The deal received attention … Continue reading

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True Detective: Chicago, El Chapo, & Vince Vaughn’s Mom

Actor Vince Vaughn, in the news for his starring role in HBO’s True Detective and recent controversial statements advocating more guns in schools, now has a new source of notoriety guaranteed to keep him in face time: his family. Vaughn’s … Continue reading

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Tampa ‘Black Ice” drug operation tied to organized crime

Doug McClain learned the ins and outs of financial fraud while working for Robert Colgin Wilson, who—far more than “The Wolf of Wall Street”—exemplified the role of American organized crime in financial fraud during the last quarter of the 20th … Continue reading

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The Enterprise & Southern-style organized crime

The man who facilitated the purchase of several DC-9's for SkyWay Aircraft in St. Petersburg Florida was the company's  largest shareholder, Doug McClain Sr.'s Argyll Equities.  So how did he get such an important job in such a thriving Enterprise? … Continue reading

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Con man for Christ Floated ‘Cocaine One’ Drug Plane

Doug McClain Sr’s financial fraud career as a grifter, racketeer, and flimflam man can be  traced back more than two decades, and likely extends much further into his past. The so-far unanswered question about him has been where he first acquired … Continue reading

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The Vanishing: Christian Cult’s Airport Disappears

  “Law enforcement always follows the drugs, because that leads to drug thugs no one cares about,” according to one former Federal official familiar with the case. “Following the money, which is much more effective, is discouraged,  because it leads to … Continue reading

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Christian cult leader worked Tampa “BLACK ICE” Operation

All the really successful con men are politically connected.  Some of them cut out the middle man and run for President.” Douglas Aaron McClain Sr., 62, whose Argyll Equities was a shady and now-bankrupt “investment bank” in Boerne Texas which … Continue reading

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“Hollywood Head” Was Drug Cartel ‘Concierge’

The decapitated head found in a plastic bag on a hiking trail in the shadow of the  Hollywood Sign four months ago belonged to a man known to local authorities as  the former “concierge” in Los Angeles for the now-defunct … Continue reading

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The San Diego DEA’s Dirty Secret

If the San Diego DEA is looking for suspects with more than a little bit of coke dust sticking to their lapels or a few marijuana seeds in a car ashtray, we’d like to help. Nine college students got together … Continue reading

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