A 32-year-old woman who was shot in the head while in a parked car in Lachine, Que., on March 19 has been identified as Elizabeth Barrer, who was described as an "accused drug kingpin" sought by U.S. authorities since 2007.
Montreal police are not saying the woman is Barrer, but did confirm that the shooting is likely related to drug trafficking and they are collaborating with detectives in the U.S.
The America’s Most Wanted website described Barrer as an “accused drug kingpin." U.S. marshals had been after her on charges related to the illegal drug trade, according to the site.
She was described as a “pivotal” figure in a U.S. drug network with links to Canada and Ukraine.
A report in the Free Lance-Star newspaper out of Fredricksberg, Va., from August 2007 says Barrer had been the subject of a narcotics investigation by Spotsylvania County detectives.
The report said she was wanted on a warrant that carried a potential life sentence.
At the time, two men associated with Barrer were charged with drug trafficking and other drug counts, according to the report.
Montreal police had been unable to identify the woman found shot to death in Lachine because she was carrying fake identification.
She had been shot “at least once” in the head and died a short time later in hospital, police reported at the time.
Const. Danny Richer said fingerprints and DNA led Montreal police to contact authorities in the U.S.