Mass murderer Gabriel Wortman was a drug dealer and involved in running guns and drugs from Maine “for years,” including some 10,000 Oxycontin tablets and 15,000 tabs of Dilaudid during one haul, according to information ordered released by a Nova Scotia judge on Monday.
According to previously redacted portions of search warrant documents related to the RCMP’s investigation into the Nova Scotia mass shooting released today, Wortman may have used a reservation on the Maine-News Brunswick border to smuggle drugs into Canada.
The newly-released information suggests Wortman was a known drug dealer in the Portapique area, where he went on a murderous, 13-hour rampage April 18 and 19 that ended with 22 people dead.
The new details seem to lend credence to revelations published in Maclean’s in June that Wortman associated with bikers from the Hells Angels and at least one individual in the Portapique area with known ties to a Mexican drug cartel.
The article uncovered that Wortman had withdrawn some $475,000 from a Brink’s office weeks before his killing spree. The article speculated Wortman may have been an RCMP informant. The RCMP has denied any such connection to Wortman.
It seems more clear, given the newest revelations, that Wortman had ties to the criminal element.
The newly-released information also quotes several sources saying that Wortman had “secret hiding spots,” “secret compartments” and “false walls” in rooms at various properties he owned, including at his denture clinic in Dartmouth, where he stored guns and a high-powered rifle.
The Canada Border Services Agency has been investigating the source of illegal guns used by Wortman during his rampage.
Wortman, whose history of gender violence has also been the focus of women’s groups and the RCMP’s investigation, is also described as a “sexual predator” in the documents.
On Thursday, July 23, the federal government and government of Nova Scotia announced the formation of a three-person panel to review the circumstances surrounding the shooting, falling short of growing calls for a full public inquiry.