JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has once again expressed his strong opposition to crypto, advocating for a ban on digital assets such as Bitcoin (BTC). During a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Dimon made these remarks in response to questions from Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Jamie Dimon’s Senate Testimony
Dimon’s remarks during the Senate hearing reinforce his long-standing disapproval of cryptocurrencies. Dimon stated that he has always been deeply opposed to crypto, referring to Bitcoin and its peers, and emphasized that he sees their primary use case as facilitating criminal activities.
Dimon’s strong criticism reflects concerns about illegal activities such as money laundering and tax avoidance enabled by digital assets. Notably, he went so far as to suggest that he would shut down the entire crypto industry if he had the authority. Dimon stated:
If I was the government, I’d close it down.
Dimon’s recent comments align with his previous public statements about cryptocurrencies. In the past, Dimon described Bitcoin as a “hyped-up fraud” and even likened it to a “pet rock.”
However, Dimon later softened his stance on these remarks, acknowledging the potential of blockchain technology, which underpins cryptocurrencies.
During the Senate hearing, Dimon, along with several other CEOs of major banks, agreed with Senator Warren’s proposal that crypto companies should be subject to the same anti-money laundering regulations as traditional financial institutions.
Drug Traffickers In Canada Accused Of Laundering Profits Via Crypto
According to a Protos report, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has disclosed details of an ongoing investigation targeting high-level drug traffickers accused of using cryptocurrency to launder proceeds and smuggling marijuana concealed within barrels of maple syrup.
Known as the ‘Decrypt’ operation, the RCMP initiated the investigation in April 2021, and a recent announcement shed light on the alleged involvement of James Robert McGirr, a 39-year-old individual, in several drug trafficking schemes.
Per the report, McGirr is accused of laundering the profits from his cannabis cultivation and distribution operations through cryptocurrency. The funds were allegedly used to support both his expenses and the expansion of his drug enterprise.
Additionally, McGirr facilitated the conversion of cash into crypto for other individuals involved in criminal activities. It is reported that he exploited the names of his fellow traffickers, who possessed legitimate cannabis licenses, to supply his criminal networks with the cannabis he cultivated.
McGirr reportedly admitted to smuggling cannabis concentrates by concealing them in barrels of honey or maple syrup, both into and out of the country. Moreover, it was revealed that McGirr’s monthly cannabis production amounted to 150 pounds.
During extensive searches conducted on properties associated with McGirr, law enforcement seized over $6 million worth of illicit assets. These included $2 million worth of cannabis, $3 million in property, $700,000 in drug and crypto equipment (including a Bitcoin ATM), seven firearms, $200,000 in luxury items, and $15,000 in cash.
McGirr, along with six other individuals involved in the drug trafficking rings, was arrested as part of the investigation. The individuals face a range of charges related to their alleged roles in the drug trafficking operations.
While released from jail, they are expected to appear in court shortly to answer the charges brought against them.
As of this writing, the total crypto market capitalization has reached $1.56 trillion for the first time since May 2022.
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