Monday, December 28, 2015

Hells Angel Damiano DiPopolo and the De Cotiis family


Brandon Vito Hughes was 28 when he was shot and killed on July 23, 2009
After coming home from a night out at Vancouver's Celebration of Light fireworks show, 28-year-old Brandon Vito Hughes was gunned down outside his North Vancouver home. His father, Kevin Hughes, heard the commotion and ran out to the front gate. He tried in vain to save his son but in the early morning hours of July 23, 2009 Brandon Vito Hughes was pronounced dead in hospital. Five years later, the Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team issued a public plea for information about the shooting.

"The investigation remains open and active," said Sgt. Adam MacIntosh. "Time and distance can be a factor in our favour in historical investigations. There are people out there who know what happened and we need them to come forward."

Police are urging anyone with information to call IHIT at 1-877-551-4448, email ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca, or submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Rocco Dipopolo
Donato De Cotiis claimed a number of threats had been made against him and other family members, including Hughes, because of a long-running family feud that had landed in court several times. Donato De Cotiis also said he was warned that people linked to the Hells Angels had been hired "to assault, threaten and/or intimidate" him.

Don De Cotiis, Hayley Winter, Ivano De Cotiis.


Damiano Dipopolo
[18] At some point, on a date which was not clear in the evidence, Mr. Dipopolo won $80,000 in a lottery. He gave his twin brother $30,000 as a gift.

[48] At some point, Mr. Dipopolo acquired a one-third interest in a company called Liquid Zoo Holdings Ltd. On August 23, 2005, Mr. Dipopolo, together with the two other shareholders in Liquid Zoo Holdings Ltd., Messrs. Bruneau and Raffael, signed a promissory note for $350,000 payable to Amacon Management.

[62] Liquid Zoo Holdings executed a mortgage dated May 12, 2006, in favour of Amacon for the amount of $650,000. However, this mortgage was not registered until more than one year later, on August 10, 2007. Mr. Dipopolo appeared to consider the mortgage to be further security for Amacon's $350,000 loan to the three Liquid Zoo Holdings shareholders made about one year earlier, in August 2005.


http://caselaw.canada.globe24h.com/0/0/british-columbia/supreme-court-of-british-columbia/2008/01/31/wu-v-dipopolo-2008-bcsc-112.shtml
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"Amacon's $500,000 loan to Mr. Dipopolo;"

http://caselaw.canada.globe24h.com/0/0/british-columbia/supreme-court-of-british-columbia/2008/01/31/wu-v-dipopolo-2008-bcsc-112.shtml

Marcello DeCotiis and his sister, Lilliana
Lilliana De Cotiis runs the hospitality division of real estate developer Amacon, which she co-owns with eldest sibling Teresa and older brothers Donato, Luca and Marcello. Donato alleged that Lillianna De Cotiis had threatened that the Dipopolo brothers would assault him if he attended a benefit fashion show Oct. 30 of this year. Siblings have input on all aspects of Amacon's corporate operations. De Cotiis and her siblings named their company Amacon, after late father Amalio and mother Concetta.

Amalio was part of the first generation of De Cotiises to arrive in Vancouver. He came with parents Donato and Teresa and three sisters as well as brothers Marcangelo, Inno, Vito and Michael in a staggered migration.


Damiano DiPopolo
Eldest brother Marcangelo eventually had a falling out with his brothers that was serious enough to devolve into legal action. Vito died in his 30s. Inno created his own real estate development company and named it by spelling his own name backwards: Onni.


Youngest brother Michael then founded and still runs Pinnacle International.
Dec. 11, 2005. Vancouver Province A long-running feud in a family whose name is tied to some of Vancouver's biggest real-estate developments has once again spilled into B.C. Supreme Court.

This time, it comes complete with allegations of threats, assaults, intimidation - and even of a contract to kill a family member. In an unusual civil suit, Donato De Cotiis, 44, is seeking a court injunction and damages to protect himself from eight family members named in a statement of claim.

The suit alleges that the eight De Cotiis family defendants "have engaged, hired or employed the defendants Rocco Dipopolo and Damiano Dipopolo to assault, threaten and/or intimidate the plaintiff as an integral part of efforts to intimidate the plaintiff, to interfere in the business, commercial and leisure activities of the plaintiff and to injure the plaintiff." Chow confirmed that police investigated an incident between Donato De Cotiis and the Dipopolos. No charges were laid.

Chow also confirmed that Damiano is suspected by police to be a full member of the Hells Angels' East End Chapter.

In February 2003, Paolo De Cotiis approached Brandon Hughes, the nephew of Donato De Cotiis, at a nightclub on Granville, and threatened "to get" his family.
Sunday, July 26, 2009. The targeted murder of 28-year-old Brandon Vito Hughes in North Vancouver last week was preceded by a tense family feud that included an alleged death threat within the De Cotiis clan, who are connected to massive real-estate developments in the Lower Mainland.

Hughes was found gravely wounded outside 1956 Jones Ave. in North Vancouver. Hughes is grandson of the late construction mogul Marcangelo De Cotiis, whose widow, Addolorata De Cotiis, owns the home at 1956 Jones Ave. Siblings of the De Cotiis family own Onni Group, Pinnacle International and Amacon.

Brandon Vito Hughes
August 6th, 2010. B.C. Court of Appeal issues ruling in De Cotiis family feud. Donato De Cotiis's lawsuit against companies controlled by his uncles Amalio, Inno, and Mike was dismissed. Donato De Cotiis's deceased father Marcangelo, a construction magnate, was also listed as a plaintiff.

"This dispute is only part of a larger family feud that unfolded against a backdrop of profitable corporations and partnerships," Newbury wrote in the court's reasons for judgment. This lawsuit was a spinoff of another major dispute, which was addressed in a 1995 B.C. Supreme Court decision.
http://www.pinnacletower.org/Residents/Contacts/Bios/DeCotiis.htm
http://www.straight.com/article-337613/vancouver/bc-court-appeal-issues-ruling-de-cotiis-family-feud

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"I may be seeking a warrant for your arrest"


Michael Galambos
"At our next appearance I may be seeking a warrant for your arrest and therefore urge you to obtain independent legal advice immediately."

Michael Galambos

Suzan El-Khatib

Suzan El-Khatib

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

HA Terry Eide pulls 8 years - Update

In a news release today, RCMP described their case against Eide as "strong" and suggested it helped lead to a guilty plea in a Red Deer court earlier this month. Eide is heading to prison for eight years and faces a lifetime weapons ban for pleading guilty to drug and weapons charges.


Project Forseti haul as of March 2015

■5.4 kilograms of methamphetamine.
■2.6 kilograms of cocaine.
■3,358 fentanyl pills (counterfeit oxycontin).
■107 grams of heroin.
■65 kilograms of marihuana.
■456 dilaudid pills.
■454 grams of cannabis resin (hash).
■approximately $100,000 currency as proceeds of crime.
■seven vehicles as offence related property.
■approximately 200 firearms including prohibited and restricted firearms.
■tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition.
■four ballistic vests.
■one conducted energy weapon.
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One of the men charged in relation to Project Forseti — a massive drugs and weapons bust earlier this year — has pleaded guilty and started serving an eight-year prison term. Terry Eide, a full-patch member of the Hells Angels, was sentenced earlier this month in Alberta, where he had been held in custody since the massive police raids in January.

The raids were the culmination of a 15-month police investigation dubbed Project Forseti. The bulk of the arrests took place in and around Saskatoon, but Eide, a Calgary resident, was arrested in Alberta and sentenced in Red Deer. The 32-year-old pleaded guilty on Dec. 2 to two sets of charges. The first set related to the Project Forseti investigation and the second set related to items found when police executed the Forseti search warrant.

Terry Eide
He pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine in Calgary and Saskatoon, and possessing the proceeds of crime on the same date. The transaction involved a kilogram of cocaine destined for Saskatoon.

The second set of charges for Eide arose on the takedown date of Jan. 15, when police found him in possession of cocaine and a loaded, prohibited firearm. Eide is the first person charged in Project Forseti to plead guilty.
http://thestarphoenix.com/news/crime/full-patch-hells-angels-member-pleads-guilty-to-project-foreseti-charges

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Port Metro Vancouver cuts Police

A specialized police unit that investigates crime on the waterfront will be cut by almost a third after Port Metro Vancouver axed $400,000 a year of its funding. The cut takes effect Jan. 1, meaning the RCMP-led National Port Enforcement Team will be reduced from 13 to nine officers.

The funding cut comes just months after a Vancouver Sun investigation revealed that at least 27 Hells Angels, associates, criminals and other gangsters work as longshoremen on the Port Metro Vancouver docks. Police documents show an unaddressed organized-crime problem on the waterfront dating back more than 20 years.

Damiano Dipopolo
Police told the Sun that organized crime maintains its foothold on the waterfront for strategic purposes — so drugs and other contraband can be smuggled in some of the more than 1.5 million containers that pass through the four container terminals at Port Metro Vancouver every year.

Just over three per cent of the containers arriving are screened by the Canada Border Services Agency.
The Sun identified at least six full-patch Hells Angels who are active members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Some have worked on the docks for years, like Al DeBruyn, a senior White Rock Hells Angel who started in 1981.

Other Hells Angels joined the longshoremen more recently. Rob Alvarez of the Nomads chapter and Damiano Dipopolo started on May 24, 2012. West Point Hells Angel Ryan Sept started just last year, nominated by another full-patch member of his chapter.
The Sun documented 27 active longshoremen with gang or criminal links from various sources of information, including public records and union membership lists. That number doesn’t include the “inactive” members of the union who are also Hells Angels — East End President John Bryce, Nomads Angel Gino Zumpano, Haney member Vince Brienza, West Point member Larry Amero and former Vancouver president Norm Krogstad.

http://www.vancouversun.com/port+metro+vancouver+cuts+police+funding/11577935/story.html?__lsa=0f46-6feeSee ----->http://neer-do-well-hall-of-infamey.blogspot.ca/2015/09/the-road-to-hell-how-biker-gangs-are.html
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Real Honorio makes plea deal in FOB vs. FK gang murders - Update


Dustin Darby
For the second time in a week, a member of one of Calgary's most notorious gangs has made a plea deal with prosecutors, admitting his role in the Bolsa Restaurant triple murder. Dustin Darby was originally charged with two counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, accessory after the fact and participation in a criminal organization.

Today, the FOB gang member pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact for his role in the Bolsa murders and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the plan to kill Kevin Bontogon.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/fob-fk-dustin-darby-calgary-gang-1.3349044

Real Honorio was a member of the FOB gang in Calgary.
One of Calgary's most violent gangsters has accepted a plea deal and will not face a trial. Real Honorio was charged with multiple murders stemming from a gang war that ended six years ago.

The FOB vs. FK gang war culminated in Jan. 2009 when Sanjeev Mann, Aaron Bendle and Keni Su'a were gunned down in a gang revenge plot at Bolsa Vietnamese Restaurant in Calgary's southeast. Mann, 22, was a known gangster and Bendle, 21, was an associate and had been kidnapped and used as bait to lure Mann to the restaurant.

Su'a was an innocent bystander, killed when he ran from the restaurant.
Thirteen years ago members of two Calgary gangs began a bloody feud that's kept police and prosecutors busy to this day. Between 2002 and 2009, at least 25 deaths were connected to the gang war in Calgary between the FOB (Fresh Off the Boat or Forever our Brothers) and FK (FOB Killers) gangs.

FK take a group shot inside Drumheller Institution
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/real-honorio-fob-fk-bolsa-gang-murder-1.3314465