Monday, July 31, 2017

2012 execution of Oz biker Jason De Ieso

The “daylight assassination” of autoworker Jason De Ieso has still not been solved, with detectives hoping the expert scientific analysis of the shooters caught on CCTV will lead to a breakthrough in the cold case. De Ieso, 32, was shot dead in his Pooraka workshop when a group of at least nine disguised men walked into the business and attacked.

Within seconds, at least five of the men opened fire, shooting at another group of men who were in the workshop on a break. At the time of the shooting a violent gang war between the Finks and the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gangs had erupted.

Police believe the tensions between the gangs is what sparked the shooting.
De Ieso was a senior Finks bikie and was targeted by a group of Hells Angels prospects who stormed his workshop and gunned him down. Jason De Ieso was shot in the head and died instantly. It was the culmination of four days of feuding between Hells Angels north crew and the Finks. Just 10 minutes earlier, Finks member Charlie Bonnici had left before the nine men burst in. Since the shooting of De Ieso, six of the suspects have become full members of the Hells Angels with the shooting contributing greatly to their promotions.

While Bonnici narrowly escaped both incidents, he was brutally bashed at the hands of his fellow Finks bikie gang members three months later.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Kevin Donald Kerfoot pulls 13 years for Cocaine Smuggling

A 12-year saga of drug smuggling and attempted murder came to an end Thursday in a Seattle courtroom when Surrey resident Kevin Donald Kerfoot was sentenced to 13 years in a U.S. prison. Court documents describe Kerfoot as "the leader of a massive cross-border drug smuggling operation" and say he was "likely" responsible for ordering the killing of a former co-conspirator who had turned against him. Kerfoot was indicted in 2006, nine months after men working for him were caught trying to smuggle 41 kilograms of cocaine into Canada.

 He pleaded guilty in April of this year after fighting extradition to the U.S. for a decade. The other members of the smuggling ring were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three years to 6½ years. They have all been released after serving their sentences.

Organized Retail Crime

Boxes of razors, shoved down someone's pants. Thousands of dollars in Lululemon yoga apparel, grabbed from a store in the middle of the night while alarms blare. This is the world of organized retail crime, a crime that is costing Canadian businesses billions each year. Organized groups are systematically stripping stores of targeted items and reselling it for huge profits. But these thieves aren't going after electronics or jewelry, something most people commonly associate with smash and grabs. Instead, they're pilfering things like cologne, baby formula and clothes.
From a bland Toronto office filled with television monitors, Sean Sportun keeps an eye on 560 Mac’s stores in Canada. The live video streams randomly from the locations. he loads a recorded clip. It shows a slim woman in a head scarf, sweater and floor-length skirt, sneaking into the back room of a Mac’s. The store’s walk-in safe is open and the woman heads straight for it. She stuffs merchandise into laundry-sized bags concealed beneath her skirt. The bags are latched onto a belt around her waist. There is a name for her garment: It’s called a booster skirt.
After stuffing the bags to capacity, she hobbles out of the backroom. She is no longer slim. Her skirt has ballooned out and she knocks merchandise onto the floor in her wake. Stepping out of the back room, she is engulfed by accomplices who shield her from view of the lone clerk as they exit. Total take: $30,000 of tobacco products in five minutes.

Thieves use a variety of methods, but most of them involve an element of distraction. They also use specially lined bags to defeat store security alarms. They use props, including wheelchairs and even costumes. They rely on ruses, like walking out the door beside a customer who appears honest.
When the alarm goes off, the honest customer stops and looks around. The thief keeps moving, into a waiting car or busy crowd. Stolen goods are sold at pop-up events, warehouse sales, flea markets and low-income malls in neighbourhoods where people are trying to make ends meet, they won’t ask questions. Stolen goods may also show up mixed among legitimate goods at convenience stores and discount stores.

The three-man anti-fencing unit at Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has taken down 53 fencing operations in three years, shutting down underground stores where goods from Aritzia, Costco, the Gap, Holt Renfrew and Sport Chek, among others, were being sold at half price.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Levamisole Rotting 80% of U.K. Cocaine users Faces

Industrial-strength levamisole, used to de-worm farm animals is being used to cut cocaine being sold on the streets in the UK, which is rotting away people's faces. The chemical is now present in up to 80 per cent of the cocaine being sold on the streets. It causes skin lesions and discolouration and rotting of the skin when blood cells rupture, particularly in the ears, nose and fingers.

About 10 per cent of those patients will die from severe infections - and they may be walking around like a ticking time bomb.

Massive Fentanyl Lab busted in Edmonton

On July 5, the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) Unit executed a search warrant at an Edmonton home, seizing 67,000 fentanyl pills, valued at about $2 million. Other seizures included 2.4 kg of cocaine, 1.8 kg of methamphetamine, and a total of 130,000 fentanyl pills with an estimated street value of $3.9 million, 4 ounces of carfentanil, 658 grams of fentanyl-laced powder and about 100 kilograms of buffing agents.
Police also seized more than $1 million in Canadian cash, four large cement mixers, two pill presses, and a 2001 Ford F-150 with a hidden compartment. 

The Sturgeon County home has since been deemed ‘unfit for human habitation’ by Alberta Health Services. Police say it’s the largest seizure of fentanyl in Canadian history.

Gangsters's Moll clueless about cash

Gangster's moll Rachel Duffy, 37 who drives a Porsche, celebrated her freedom with a glass of wine after escaping jail, having told a judge she did not know her luxury life was funded by drug money. Police began investigating her cash rich lifestyle after arresting former spouse Thomas Duffy, 42, over the seizure of heroin and cocaine worth a total of £700,000.

Mrs Duffy's extended detached property in an affluent area near Middleton was searched, and envelopes were found with £1,000 in cash stuffed inside. The children attended a prep school where fees cost £6,300 a year.
Duffy was given a 14-month jail term suspended for a year and was ordered to repay £50,000. The sentence didn't stop the mother celebrating, and she was spotted having lunch and sipping wine in top Italian restaurant San Carlo Cicchetti.

Duffy was living a lifestyle that far exceeded the £13,000 she earned

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Michael "Yuppie Don" Franzese

Michael "Yuppie Don" Franzese (born May 27, 1951) is a former New York mobster and caporegime of the Colombo crime family. Son of Colombo underboss John "Sonny" Franzese, Michael Franzese decided to take care of his father and work for the Colombo family. By the 1980s, he had become a capo. Franzese's rise in the Colombo family was fueled by highly lucrative gasoline rackets.

Working with the Russian Mafia, Franzese sold millions of gallons of gasoline. The family would collect the state and federal taxes, but kept the money instead. At the same time, they were often selling the gas at lower prices than legitimate gas stations.
In 1985, Franzese was indicted on 14 counts of racketeering, counterfeiting and extortion from the gasoline bootlegging racket. In 1986, Franzese pleaded guilty to two counts. He was sentenced to ten years in federal prison with $14 million in restitution. In December 1987, while in prison, Franzese decided to walk away from the Colombo family. Franzese has publicly renounced organized crime, become a devout Christian, created a foundation for helping youth, and became a speaker. He has spoken on hundreds of college campuses as a life skills expert.

Once described as the biggest Mob earner since Al Capone, Michael Franzese has been redeemed as a pew-packing evangelist decrying the evils of his old life, part of the deal is that he now gets to go to heaven and live forever with Jesus.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Calgary gangster Roland Yee Hung Chin dead after shooting near Chilliwack

Roland Yee Hung Chin, 33, died Friday morning after gunmen opened fire outside a Kal Tire in an industrial area of Chilliwack. Police say the gunmen fled the scene in a black Dodge Caravan. Chilliwack fire crews were dispatched to reports of a minivan full-engulfed by flames a short distance away near the Trans-Canada Hwy. — believed to be the gunmen’s getaway car.

Chin was a prominant fixture in Calgary’s FOB gang wars that rocked the city a decade ago. Chin, along with his brother Roger, were well known members. He was released from prison last year after serving seven years for weapons and drugs offences. In 2008, Chin’s brother Roger was murdered after being shot dozens of times while driving in his car.
Police outlined the timeline as:
  • 8:05 a.m. the shooting happens
  • 9:02 a.m. the suspect Dodge Caravan was believed to be set on fire
  • Two vehicles flee in tandem from the site of the burning van

Hells Angels at the gates of the Maritimes

The New Brunswick chapter of the Nomads is now 'full patch'. Emery Martin is the man responsible for the reorganization of the Hells Angels in New Brunswick. A Quebec chapter, which is in the process of being reopened officially, sponsored the New Brunswick chapter.
Police believe a Charlottetown club is in the works and prospects there will soon have a 'bottom rocker' that reads Prince Edward Island. That would achieve the Maritime 'trifecta' of clubs in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI.

A territorial struggle has been taking place between the Hells of Quebec and the Hells of Ontario. It's a return in forces of the biker dark side that worries the RCMP. The return to the Maritimes is mainly about establishing territory with the main goal being Halifax and control of its port, which can be used to import contraband.

Phillip Boudreault (left) and Martin Bernatchez. Both were shot, Boudreault is reportedly confined to a wheelchair.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Winnie the Pooh implicated in Winnipeg drug bust

Winnie the Pooh looked up from one of the gift bags and plastic baggies in which Winnipeg police found a total of about half a million dollars worth of cocaine and methamphetamine. Police seized nearly eight kilograms of cocaine, 79 grams of crack cocaine, and 11 grams of methamphetamine.
The cocaine was divided into roughly one-kilogram blocks. Some of it was packaged in gift bags covered with images of balloons and birthday cake.

Numerous charges were laid against five men and four women, including possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Chinese woman pulls big fine for trafficking in endangered species

B.C. woman Xiu Mei Cui has been fined $75,000 for illegally importing jewelry and carved items made from endangered animals into Canada. She pleaded guilty to two charges under the law regulating the trade of plants and animals. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), regulates trade. International trade in seriously threatened species is prohibited.

Agents found she had undeclared jewelry, carvings and ornaments in her luggage made from African and Asian elephants, lion, white rhinoceros and hawksbill turtle. Interpol says animal smuggling is the fourth most lucrative type of crime, behind only illegal drugs, human trafficking and counterfeiting.
A 19th century rhinoceros horn was estimated to sell for $20,000 at a recent auction. But a “grand battle” erupted between four Asian bidders and when the smoke cleared, it had sold for $228,000. Normally, high-priced antiques are cherished as objects. But rhino horns can be worth a fortune because they’re used in traditional Chinese medicine and some people believe they’re an aphrodisiac.

In late 2015 Linxun Liao, 35, was sent to a U.S. prison for two years after pleading guilty to smuggling objects made from rhinoceros horn. He had purchased and smuggled 16 “libation cups” that had been carved from rhinoceros horns and that had a combined market value of more than $1 million.
The rarest of the black rhino subspecies, the West African black rhinoceros, was declared extinct in 2011. The species was once widespread in central Africa. Relentless poaching caused a steep decline in the population. The rhino was listed as "critically endangered" in 2008, but a survey of the animal's last remaining habitat in northern Cameroon failed to find any sign of the rhino. No West African black rhinos are held in captivity.
There are currently an estimated 4,000 Black Rhinos remaining in the wild, down from as many as 70,000 in the 1960s.

Winnipeg Police on the hunt for Gangster Dallas Tyler Friesen - Update

Winnipeg Police arrested 33-year-old Dallas Tyler Friesen on Friday with the help of its K9 and tactical units. A member of the public spotted him and contacted police.

Friesen faces over a dozen charges including firearm offences and counts of possession of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine as well as property obtained by crime. He has been remanded in custody and likely won't be seeing sunshine for a while.
Dallas Tyler Friesen, 33, has an "extensive history" with police and officers believed he'd be in possession of drugs when they saw him in a taxi and followed it to a home before trying to stop him. Friesen tried to run into a nearby residence. An officer chased him, caught up with him and tried to arrest him as Friesen pulled away.

The officer was splashed with hot coffee and pushed down a set of stairs.
As they fought, a loaded firearm and set of handcuffs fell out of a bag that had been around Friesen's neck. He tried to pass the bag to a woman who ran out of the home. That's when police apprehended the woman and Friesen ran away. Inside the purse, police found around $11,500 worth of crack cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl.

Friesen is known to have ties to gangs. Police warned the public not to approach him. Anyone with information on Friesen that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6222 or 911.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Brampton Trucker Gursharan Singh pulls long time in US prison

Gursharan Singh, 34, of Brampton was sentenced to 63 months in jail in a Buffalo courtroom on July 12. He’s been in jail since 2014 after his arrest in Canada. He was extradited to the U.S. to face the charges, and has similar drug charges pending against him in Toronto. He is one of seven convicted in the conspiracy and pleaded guilty last year. Singh conspired with others to smuggle cocaine into Canada from the U.S. between 2007 and 2011 in transport trucks. Police said he was involved in the trafficking of approximately 2,000 kilograms of cocaine, with a value of over $80 million. During the investigation, 230 kilograms of cocaine was seized.

Another Brampton truck driver involved, Harinder Dhaliwal, 47, pleaded guilty in April to similar charges and will be sentenced Aug. 16 in Buffalo. The minimum mandatory is a 10-year prison sentence, a maximum of life, and a $10-million fine.

The vast majority of cocaine coming into Canada comes via Mexico.
Dozens of truckers from the Greater Toronto Area have been charged with smuggling drugs into Canada in recent years, a trend that appears rooted in the changing nature of the drug trade. Border agents have found bricks of cocaine stuffed in fruit and vegetable shipments or in hidden compartments. Cocaine is now being moved across the border via land instead of ports that were used in smuggling operations in the past.

Baldev Singh, 44, walks out of Superior Court in 2014 after being found guilty
Toronto-area trucker Baldev Singh, who had been on the lam for 2½ years, was picked up in May in a routine traffic stop. Over the objections of the prosecutor, a Superior Court judge allowed Singh to remain free on bail until his sentencing. Singh never returned to court. Singh was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in a federal penitentiary. He has started his sentence.

Fate was cruel to Singh on the morning of March 19, 2009. His truck was randomly selected for a training exercise with a drug-sniffing dog at the Ambassador Bridge. The dog handler went about hiding a dummy stash in a crate in Singh’s trailer. She removed a bag of oranges to find 21 bricks of cocaine hidden underneath it.

Members of southern Ontario’s Indo-Canadian community, in particular from Brampton and Mississauga, are increasingly being used in the North American drug trade. An estimated 65 per cent of Ontario’s long-haul truck drivers are Indo-Canadian, making them logical participants in drug trafficking. Reports say some have received more than $20,000 per trip.
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