Friday, June 30, 2017

Blotter carfentanil being sold on Winnipeg streets as 'Drop Dead'

In September, police raided a hotel room and found 1,477 carfentanil blotter tabs.
Blotter carfentanil — pieces of paper infused with the synthetic opioid — is being sold on the street as "drop dead" Winnipeg Police say.

Winnipeg appears to be unique among Canadian cities in that there appears to be a market for carfentanil.

6.5kg Carfentanil-laced heroin smuggled in children's backpack

CBSA in Montreal intercepted a package from India bound for Halifax of what they believed was heroin. Police say the drugs were hidden inside children's backpacks, lunch bags and spools of fabric. The package was then allowed to continue to its destination in Halifax. Further investigation revealed a second package was on the way. It arrived on June 26. An estimated 6.5 kilograms of heroin was seized in total. Police believe the drugs were ultimately destined for distribution in Toronto.
RCMP used ion scanners, similar to the ones used to screen for dangerous substances in airports, to test for other drugs. They found trace amounts of the elephant tranquillizer carfentanil and the opioid methylfentanyl on the packages. Two have been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking heroin, carfentanil and methylfentanyl. They've also been charged with importation of a controlled substance and false representation of a Canadian aviation document.

This is the second seizure of a street drug containing carfentanil in Nova Scotia this month.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wolf Pack ‘drug runner’ to be sentenced in Kamloops

Gang-affiliated 22-year-old Christopher Pace, who moved to Kamloops to sell drugs with members of the Wolf Pack criminal organization pleaded guilty to drug and property charges. Pace, who has no criminal record, was described as a mid-level dealer in the organization by prosecutors who urged a jail sentence of 18 to 24 months.

Defence lawyers called Pace “a runner” — a low-level street dealer — who was effectively a naive, young employee of the Wolf Pack. He suggested Hyslop impose a sentence of time served. Pace learns his fate July 8.
The Wolf Pack — a coalition of gangsters from the Hells Angels, Independent Soldiers and Red Scorpions — set up the drug-trafficking enterprise.

Pace’s arrest was part of a crackdown by Kamloops Mounties aimed at dismantling the local chapter of the Wolf Pack. Police said last year they conducted seven Wolf Pack-related raids in the first half of 2016.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Claudia Ochoa Felix - the Mexican Kim Kardashian

Claudia Ochoa Felix has the millionaire life and army of bodyguards. The armed security of the Mexican beauty are not to protect her from over-zealous fans... but from assassins.

After Los Ántrax boss Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa – known as El Chino – was arrested, his girlfriend is said to have been installed as the new chief. Her portrayal of a life of narcissism undercut her emphatic denial that she is La Emperatriz de Los Ántrax - the Empress of Los Ántrax, responsible for hundreds of bloody murders as the deadly Sinaloa drug cartel’s elite contract killer squad.
A bloody war between drug gangs, raging in Mexico since 2006, has claimed over 100,000 lives. Anyone who threatens to stand in Sinaloa’s way is killed, with El Chino accused of being personally responsible for many murders, including the killings of the three hung from a bridge in 2011. That execution was seen as revenge after a Sinaloa leader was murdered by the rival Beltran Leyva cartel.

Countless victims have been executed by the gang’s trademark chainsaw beheading. Despite a recent assassination bid, Felix refuses to quit her champagne lifestyle and is often seen in the clubs of Mazatlan, Culiacan and Guadalajara. But now she is always surrounded by armed men.

Carfentanil discovered In Houston

80 milligram bag of carfentanil - 4,000 lethal doses
Authorities in Houston are issuing an urgent warning after finding carfentanil, a drug so powerful that mere skin contact can lead to lethal exposure.

In early June, the Houston Police Department brought 80 milligrams of a substance presumed to be meth. Tests revealed it was actually carfentanil.
Police say people that are counterfeiting illegal drugs – heroin, illicitly produced Xanax and Vicodin – are using fentanyl analogues as a substitute for other opiates because it’s cheap, highly potent and they can put make a lot of money.

Employees of Montreal towing company Accès Remorquage arrested

Police targeted a towing company last week in three early morning raids in Laval, Saint-Jérôme and Montreal, arresting 12 people. In total, police had 13 arrest warrants for employees of Accès Remorquage. Seven tow trucks belonging to the company, which operates primarily in Montreal's north end, were also seized.
Those arrested included the owners, managers and several employees. Six of the 12 arrested were detained.
Police say they face charges including theft, fraud, extortion, conspiracy and armed assault. The company used to be known as Remorquage A9.

Some companies under contract with the city have ties to one of the main organized crime networks, be it the Hells Angels, the Mafia or street gangs.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hells Angels back in Nova Scotia

The Hells Angels are back in Nova Scotia and police are expecting to see fully patched members across the province. The Hells Angels Halifax chapter was formed in 1984.

In 2001, police raided the Hells Angels clubhouse on Dutch Village Road in Halifax. 20 people were arrested and the clubhouse was ultimately seized – leading to the chapter folding. A Hells Angels hang-around club was formed last year along Highway 7 in Musquodobit Harbour, N.S.
David ‘Hammer’ Macdonald is being held responsible for bringing the Hells Angels back to Nova Scotia. Police say the London biker helped about 15 members of the Gatekeepers, a puppet club, move a key step closer to becoming full patch Hells Angels by awarding them hang-around status in June, 2016. The next step is becoming a prospect. Macdonald has established a lengthy resume in creating outlaw biker clubs. For years, he was president of the Outlaws in London, bitter rivals to the Hells Angels.

When the Hells Angels moved into Ontario, Macdonald left his position as president of the London Outlaws and patched over to the rival club in 2001. 12 of the hang-around Hells Angels travelled to London last May to “kiss the hands of his new masters,” and returned with black vests carrying a red and white patch that reads London.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Montreal man smuggled guns through library straddling Canada-U.S. border

A Montreal man was brought to the U.S. to face charges he smuggled handguns into Canada, including some that were hidden in the bathroom of a public library that straddles the nations' border. Alexis Vlachos, 40, was taken into custody in Canada and then arrested by U.S. authorities on May 31 at the Canadian border. Between July 2010 and April 2011, Vlachos smuggled about 100 handguns that had been purchased from licensed dealers in Florida into Canada via Vermont
In one instance, Vlachos retrieved handguns that had been left for him in the Haskell Library, which straddles the border in Derby Line, Vt., and Stanstead, Que. The entrance to the library is in Vermont and Canadians can visit the library without going through a port of entry. He pleaded not guilty earlier this month in federal court in Vermont, and he was being held pending trial.

If convicted, Vlachos faces up to 20 years in prison.

Charges dropped against trio accused in $4.5M cocaine trafficking case

Three men accused of trafficking 45kg of cocaine have been let off because it took too long to get to trial, a Calgary judge has ruled. Christopher Scher, Michael Janecek and Steven Doporto were arrested in January 2014 and faced charges of conspiracy to import cocaine, conspiracy to traffic cocaine, trafficking cocaine and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The Supreme Court's "Cody" decision released last Friday, doubled-down on the principles of its Jordan ruling last year, upholding an accused drug dealer's bid to have his case thrown out because he had to wait five years for a five-day trial. On Thursday the judge agreed with defence lawyers, and said he'd been given a "clear roadmap" by the Supreme Court.

At the time of their arrest, ALERT claimed Scher, Janecek and Doporto were the heads of a drug-trafficking operation. "The trio was believed to be major cocaine distributors in Southern Alberta and routinely used couriers to import cocaine from the southern United States," said ALERT in its January 2014 release.

Jamaica Cocaine Mule - 'trying a t'ing'

The St Mary Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier who was caught trying to smuggle six pounds of cocaine into Canada claimed he was going through a phase and was 'trying something different'. 32-year-old Lance Corporal Sedona Maxwell was busted after the cocaine was found in three souvenir cups and a false compartment inside his suitcase at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Maxwell was refused bail.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

CBSA finds 370kg of Cocaine in Port of Montreal

The drugs were found inside steel and aluminium cylindrical rolls, in a container arriving from Mexico.
The Canadian Border Services Agency confirmed Friday that they have intercepted 370kg of cocaine in the Port of Montreal. The seizure could be one of the largest cocaine busts in the port’s history.
On Monday, in the Bahía Blanca port city of Buenos Aires province, Argentinian officials found two metric tonnes of the drug in eight similar coils, the second-largest cocaine seizure in the country’s history, worth an estimated $60 million.

Police believe the drug shipment originated from the Michoacán region in Mexico.

Mongol gang member arrested in Riverside HA killing - Update

James "Floppy" Duty
James “Floppy” Duty was fueling up with four fellow Hells Angels at the Shell station just off of the 91 freeway. Herbert allegedly drove by and opened fire. Duty was struck multiple times.

Herbert was taken into custody without incident. Police say the handgun that killed Duty was seized during the raids.

Joshua Herbert
27-year-old Mongols member Joshua Herbert was brought into custody on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in the slaying of 31-year-old James Duty and the non-injury shooting of another Hells Angel.
Duty and other motorcyclists clad in Hells Angels insignia were ambushed at the Shell gas station at 3502 Adams St. in Riverside. Duty was taken to a hospital, where he later died. The other victim was shot in the head, but the bullet struck his helmet and he was not injured.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

John "Sonny" Franzese, 100, paroled again

John "Sonny" Franzese is blind, deaf and confined to a wheelchair. Now aged 100, he was released from prison on Friday in Massachusetts, where he was the oldest inmate to be incarcerated in the United States. John "Sonny" Franzese spent much of his adult life entering and leaving prison, having been paroled at least six times. His last incarceration was in 2010, at the age of 93; He was convicted in a ransom case involving New York dance clubs.

Raised in New York City, in the late 1930s Franzese joined the Profaci crime family (later named the Colombo crime family) under boss Joseph Profaci.
Franzese bore a close physical resemblance to boxer Rocky Graziano, one of his friends. His first arrest came in 1938, for assault. Franzese operated out of New York City and New Jersey and was involved in racketeering, fraud, and loansharking. He is believed to have been elevated to caporegime in the Colombo family in the mid-1950s and by 1964 he had been promoted to underboss.

Carfentanil hits Tennessee, Massachusetts and Nova Scotia

Carfentanil has made its way to Tennessee in the last three weeks. Recently an officer in Ohio almost died just from touching carfentanil, so the Tennessee Highway Patrol said their officers are no longer field testing drugs. THP officers are now wearing gloves and protective clothing to stay safe. They have eight interdiction drug teams across the state, and they recently confiscated 20 pounds of Fentanyl.

"This is a different ball game altogether. If you take something and don't know what it is, you could be dead in one minute." So far the TBI said they have tested 10 samples of carfentanil in Tennessee.
Patrolman Chris Green was called in as backup in East Liverpool, Ohio. Back at the police station later that evening, Green noticed some bits of the powdery white substance on his uniform. He wiped it off with his bare hands. As his fellow cops looked on stunned, Green collapsed. Green’s fellow cops gave him a dose of Narcan in nasal spray form and took him to the hospital, where doctors were forced to administer three more doses.
Drug overdoses killed a record 3,050 people in Ohio in 2015, and 1,155 of those deaths were linked to fentanyl, more than twice as many as the previous year.