Wednesday, May 31, 2017

488 illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C. during first four months

The total number of overdose deaths in B.C. will surpass 1,400 in 2017, a huge increase over the record 935 deaths that were recorded in 2016. 136 people died of suspected drug overdose in April, a 97 per cent increase over the number of deaths occurring in the same month last year. That’s 4.5 deaths per day.

Monday, May 29, 2017

CBSA intercepted 19 stolen vehicles at Port of Halifax last month

During the search, they found four stolen vehicles. The next day, an additional container was found to hold six stolen vehicles.
On April 11, CBSA officers searched three containers destined for export. After running checks on the vehicles within the containers, they determined four were stolen. On April 20, CBSA officers examined two more export containers.
The Canada Border Services Agency then searched two other shipments on April 27 and found an additional five stolen vehicles. The stolen vehicles were all transferred to Halifax Regional Police who are continuing the investigation. From Jan. 1 to April 30 of this year, they’ve intercepted a total of 39 vehicles with an approximate value of $1.5 million.
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Authorities Warn of Increased Biker Gang Activity in Florida

Authorities say they are seeing an increase in biker gang activity in Florida as the OMGs try to maintain dominance over each other, especially in South Florida. The FBI sent out a memo warning law enforcement to expect an uptick in biker gang activity in South Florida, particularly in the Florida Keys. The four main biker gangs aiming for dominance in South Florida are the Outlaws, the Hells Angels, the Pagans and the Pistons. The Outlaws in particular are trying to take more control, but all 4 clubs are increasing activities.
Florida's biker gangs have claimed various parts of the state, with the Outlaws being the dominant club, especially in South Florida. In South Florida, the Dirty White Boys have a clubhouse in Davie, and the Black Pistons have one in Riviera Beach. Central Florida is home to the Warlocks, and the Pagans have a chapter north of Tampa. The Los Angeles-based The Mongols also have been known to operate in the Tampa area. Last month, an Outlaws member was fatally stabbed in a Daytona Beach, Florida bar. Authorities believe the man's killer belongs to the Pagan Motorcycle Club.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Glenn Harley Sheck loses another Extradition Round

Lawyers for Glenn Harley Sheck had tried to get an extradition application by the U.S. thrown out on the grounds that American police worked undercover in Canada during their investigation. And Sheck had requested additional disclosure about how the RCMP assisted the Americans when they met him on three occasions in Metro Vancouver in 2012.

The judge ruled however that the Americans were in Canada legally and that the evidence they gathered on this side of the border was only a small part of the case against Sheck.

Funeral for Tom Gisby
Sheck is no stranger to Charter arguments. In 2012 the court found Sheck’s Charter rights were violated by lengthy court delays in a firearms’ trial, but rejected a bid to drop criminal charges. A Judge said there were a number of reasons why Sheck’s firearms case took more than 42 months to get to sentencing, including constitutional challenges launched by Sheck’s legal team. He was eventually sentenced to 18 months.
Sheck was caught with a loaded Glock in his Louis Vuitton man purse in a Surrey Earl’s restaurant in November 2010. Gang cops were doing surveillance on him at the time.

The long-running federal investigation also saw $16 million seized.
Sheck remains wanted in Washington State, where he was indicted in January 2013 on 22 counts of conspiracy and money laundering more than $5 million in drug profits. 1,710 pounds of cocaine, 123 pounds of ecstasy and 12 guns were seized. Sheck boasted to undercover police about being a big-time B.C. gangster, about funding terrorism and about corrupting officials.
The money-laundering offences occurred while Sheck was out on bail. Many large transfers were destined for the Dominican Republic.
In April 2012 B.C. resident Tom Gisby was in Mexico after learning he was targeted in retaliation for the shooting that left gangster Jonathan Bacon dead. Gisby knew the threat against him was real even before his motorhome was firebombed, an attack in which he suffered superficial burns.

Sheck was a close associate of the late Tom Gisby. Gisby was gunned down in a Starbucks in Nuevo Vallarta by two gunman who fled the scene. It came the same day that UN B.C. gangster Salih Abdulaziz Sahba was shot to death in Sinaloa. A day later, gangster Sandip Duhre was gunned down in the lobby of the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver.

Tom Gisby getting loaded into ambulance April 28, 2012

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cruise staff arrested in Vancouver ordered deported for Cocaine Importation

Three Nicaraguan crew members arrested on a cruise ship docked at Canada Place last week are now being deported under the transnational crime provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Federal officials allege they smuggled Colombian cocaine to Canada while muling for a cartel. Willard Murray Brooks, Emil Hebbert Garth and Jason West Carter appeared before an adjudicator. The three of them met a man in Cartagena, Colombia who gave them 10 kilograms of cocaine and instructions on what to do when they arrived Vancouver. They then smuggled the cocaine aboard the Island Princess cruise ship when it was docked in Cartagena. They did so in secret compartments of their shoes and clothing.

The men took five kilograms of the cocaine to the Pacific Centre food court that day and waited, as instructed. A man met them, took them to his car, and paid them US$30,000 in exchange for the drugs.
They tucked the cash into their underwear before heading back to the ship at Canada Place. When they went through routine CBSA screening at the cruise ship terminal, officials found the undeclared cash. A search followed and CBSA discovered another kilogram of cocaine in the men’s personal quarters.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Revenge doesn't have a statute of limitations - Musitano killing

Angelo Musitano and Pat Musitano
The brazen killing of notorious Hamilton mobster Angelo Musitano, who was gunned down in his driveway, might have been revenge 20 years in the making. Musitano was gunned down just before the 20-year anniversary of the famous hit on the fearsome Johnny (Pops) Papalia, to which he was forever linked.
Angelo Musitano was born into a family with long ties to organized crime. His great uncle, his uncle, his brother, and his father were all involved with violent crime. Musitano's life changed in 1997 when he decided to join the plot to murder two major bosses in Ontario, and he joined the Rizzuto crime family. At the time the Rizzutos crime family was the most powerful Mafia family in Canada. That has certainly changed today.

Brothers Angelo and Pat Musitano were charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 1997 shooting of Hamilton crime boss Johnny (Pops) Papalia and one of his lieutenants, Carmen Barillaro. Papalia had deep connections to the Cotroni crime family in Montreal. The brothers reached a deal and pleaded to conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Barillaro. In turn, the charges against them in connection with Papalia's death were dropped.
The Musitano crime family first came to Canada when Musitano's namesake great uncle, Angelo senior, left Calabria. Alongside Musitano's father, Dominic, they built a criminal empire that was active for decades. But things have changed, experts say. The Mafia's influence has waned, while Asian gangs and the Hells Angels have gained more power.

As mafia power and influence waned, so too would have Musitano's personal power and influence. Word would have gotten out that he had turned to religion and was writing a book about his mafia life, but few believe he was attempting to turn the page on his former life. In any case both factors would be seen as signs of weakness, often a fatal flaw in the mafia.
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Health Canada approves 4 drug consumption sites

Health Canada has approved plans to create four new supervised consumption sites in British Columbia and Quebec. The sites allow people to use illicit drugs under the supervision of a medical professional in case they overdose. Two of the new sites are in Surrey, B.C., one is in Vancouver and a mobile consumption site has been approved to operate in Montreal. There has been an increasing call for more access to legalized heroin treatment in Canada.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Video released of two men in brazen Toronto murder

A video of two hooded men brazenly gunning down a man in a Toronto parking lot has been released in hopes of identifying the killers.

Leonard Pinnock, 33, of Hamilton, was shot dead Friday, April 21 at 9:30 p.m. in a parking lot at Dufferin St. and Bowie Ave., north of Eglinton. Toronto Police say Pinnock was in the area giving a friend a ride as a favour and had been there for a “long time” before he was shot.
Homicide Detectives said why he was targeted is not known. Pinnock is Toronto’s 18th homicide victim of year.

Colombian cocaine production more than triples since 2013

Seventeen years and US$10 billion after the U.S. government launched the counternarcotics and security package known as Plan Colombia, America’s closest drug-war ally is covered with more than 460,000 acres of coca. Colombian farmers have never grown so much, not even when Pablo Escobar ruled the drug trade.

The cocaine market so saturated that prices have crashed and unpicked coca leaves are rotting in the fields.
Colombia produced 710 metric tons of cocaine last year, according to U.S. government estimates, up from 235 metric tons in 2013. America’s drug fight has shifted to the opioid abuse crisis while U.S. cocaine use is soaring. American officials say the flood of cheap Colombian product is so large that it’s created its own demand. U.S. cocaine overdose deaths are at a 10-year high.
Ecuadorean Prado Alava was responsible for trafficking 250 tons of cocaine

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

RCMP Terrorist Spy Technology Super Awesome for Mafioso nabbed in Clemenza

Marco Pizzi
√Čric Thibault is reporting that in order to protect investigative techniques that allow terrorist suspects to be caught, the RCMP could be forced to sacrifice a major operation against the Montreal mafia. This is what the RCMP and Crown face in the Clemenza Project, where 38 of the 58 accused have already been released without being tried.
The defendants of the Clemenza project are demanding details in what technological means the RCMP intercepted the encrypted text messages they exchanged on their smartphones from 2010 to 2012. The latest is that the Crown was "not yet in a position to respond to the demand" of the last 11 accused. The judge agreed to postpone the case to July at the Crown's request.

Last March, the prosecution obtained a stay of proceedings against about thirty defendants who made the same request.
RCMP investigators said that disclosure of this "sensitive information" would help criminals "adapt" and could hamper future investigations.
In the Raynald Desjardins murder trial rather than complying, the prosecution negotiated with the accused, who then pleaded guilty to reduced charges of conspiracy.

National security investigations have supplanted those of organized crime as the top priority for the RCMP since the 2014 fatal bombings in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
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Hells Angels prowl streets of Leipzig in hunt for kidnapped chihuahua

Cookie’s owner drives haulage trucks for a living, and when the dog went missing there was only one conclusion: her K9 had been kidnapped. Despite a reward of €1,500 being offered for Cookie's return and the help of the police, hope was fading fast for Cookie.

Enter connections to the Hells Angels to turn the screws on the dognappers. “They are good and kind people,” Jaddatz says of the Hells Angels. “And above all they really love animals.”

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Gangster ordered hit on nurse over botched penis enlargement

70-year-old Yakuza kingpin Satoru Nomura, don of the Kudo-kai crime syndicate, demanded “organized retaliation” after penis enlargement surgery failed his expectations. Nomura allegedly ordered a hit on the female nurse who participated in the penis empowering procedure.

The Japan Times reports that the crime boss “unjustifiably resented the failed surgery” and blamed the phallus failure on the nurse.

On her way home from the clinic, the nurse was stabbed in the neck and chest by an underling of Nomura.

Hells Angel killed in Riverside

A Hells Angel was fatally shot at a Riverside gas station after police responded to a call of a shooting at a Shell gas station at 3502 Adams St. in Riverside shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

A gas station employee, who made the 911 call, said the gunfire took place directly in front of gas pumps.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Face of a Killer - Johnny Steven Drynock

Charges have been laid in connection with a fatal daylight shooting in Surrey two months ago. Birinderjeet Bhangu was gunned down in broad daylight on March 13 outside a hotel in the 8200-block of 166 Street. Johnny Steven Drynock, 22, has now been charged with first-degree murder.

Bhangu was a well recognized gangster with links to the Red Scorpions and Wolf Pack. He had a criminal record dating back more than a decade for driving offences, property crimes and drug trafficking.
IHIT released footage Friday of the suspect in the March 13th murder of gangster Birinderjeet Bhangu outside a Surrey hotel.
Bhangu, 29, was a well-known gangster. He had a criminal record dating back more than a decade. He had just parked his Acura in front of the Comfort Inn Hotel when the suspect walked over to the driver’s side of Bhangu’s car and started shooting.

The killer was driving a Nissan Pathfinder that was recovered in Kelowna the next day.