Missing felon from US Triple X drug bust
Thursday, 02 June 2011
Hobart Huson, also known as Strike, was the founder and site designer of online forum The Hive and author of several popular books such as Total Synthesis I and II, and Sources, in which he details methods of synthesizing a variety of amphetamines, obtaining equipment and chemicals, and avoiding prosecution for said activity. (Wikipedia - Hobart Huson)
Huson posted on The Hive under the pseudonym Strike and was considered somewhat of an expert on the topic of underground drug synthesis but his true identity was revealed following a ten-month investigation by NBC show Dateline. (Youtube - X-files' Strike Dateline Interview - MDMA - Part 4 of 5)
A special episode of Dateline called The "X" Files was aired in 2001. Huson was arrested and imprisoned later the same year following the Operation Triple X bust.
In October 2001, DEA agents, completed Operation Triple X. The action dismantled a major methamphetamine and Ecstasy drug lab in Escondido, California. During the two-day takedown, 20 people were arrested for their participation in the trafficking organization that was capable of producing millions of Ecstasy tablets. Operation Triple X got its name from the "XXX" logo imprinted on some of the Ecstasy tablets produced by the organization. (US DEA - Completed Operation Triple X)
When the ring was busted, the DEA called it one of the most sophisticated Ecstasy labs ever found in the United States.
The business partners who led the group were both sentenced in San Diego federal court to 30 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $354,000 cash seized during the investigation.
The ringleaders traveled widely in setting up the operation. They went to Sweden and met with an Ecstasy manufacturer and recruited Hobart Huson who wrote books on illicit drug manufacturing. Members of the group used the Swede's recipe to make Ecstasy, prosecutors said.
They talked to with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, identified by the DEA as the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel and toyed with the idea of setting up their factory in Tecate, but instead they decided to go on their own because the cartel's cut would eat into their profits. (Drug ring's downfall chronicled)
On the DEA site the names of all those arrested are listed. One name, however, is missing: Thomas Lillius, the chemist from Stockholm, Sweden, who could not be arrested since he was “at large” i.e. in Sweden, with little chance of being extradited (berkeleydailyplanet.com - Chemist and author arraigned in SD Ecstasy case)
But in order to pay for his sins we now know this "missing felon" Thomas Lilius went on to become a DEA informer and to later get involved in the "Swedish" DEA operation against Kim Eriksson Sirawan.