Saturday, September 30, 2017

Gang smuggled £10m cocaine through Heathrow helped by bent baggage handlers

Baggage handler Joysen Jhurry
Helped by bent baggage handlers, suitcases full of drugs arrived on flights from Brazil and would be tranfered to the domestic reclaim belt for a courier arriving on an international flight to collect. The courier would then be able to pass through lower level security without difficulty.

Investigators intercepted six consignments of cocaine and one bag of cannabis, but much more got through. The seized bags contained more than 100 kilos of coke with a purity of up to 77 per cent.
Preetam Mungrah, 43, and Wilfred Owusu, 30, were found guilty of conspiracy to smuggle the drugs by a jury at Kingston crown court. Heathrow handler Joysen Jhurry, 40, had already admitted involvement. The court heard drugs would be smuggled on to a plane on the tarmac at Rio de Janeiro.

The ring targeted the same weekday flight to Heathrow’s Terminal 5. On its arrival, Jhurry would search for the luggage on the tarmac and move it.

Gangster 'Broken Tooth' Wan Kuok-koi into Cryptocurrency

A multimillion-dollar cryptocurrency share offering by a Macau gaming company has the backing of one of Asia's most notorious former gangland bosses – "Broken Tooth" Wan Kuok-koi. The initial coin offering (ICO) planned for Hong Kong next month hopes to raise $500 million to bring blockchain technology to the gambling hub. It would be the biggest single ICO to date. Wan, who was released after 14 years in jail for an array of gangland crimes including money laundering in 2012, was spotted at a signing ceremony to cement the deal.
The deal by Macau Dragon Group and Thailand-based Wi Holding Company Limited will likely face scrutiny by regulators after links to former 14K triad society boss Wan, 61, emerged.

Wan Kuok-koi 'Broken Tooth Koi' walks out of Coloane Prison in Macau in 2012
The digital token/cryptocurrency market is an irresistable lure for criminals. A digital token/cryptocurrency trading platform can be fully unregulated and located overseas. Investors in such schemes risk losing their entire investment. Earlier this month, the People's Bank of China banned the practice of creating and selling new digital currencies, and ordered the country's major cryptocurrency exchanges be shut down. ICOs have raised at least ¥2.62 billion ($400 million) in China so far this year.

Friday, September 29, 2017

2 GTA men pull massive large for Sinaloa Cocaine Network

Two southern Ontario men were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their roles in a massive drug importation network directed by Ontario-based members of the Sinaloa cocaine cartel. Vito Buffone, 53, and Jeffery Kompon, 46, were handed sentences of 22 years and 20 years. They were among 14 arrested in raids in the GTA and Niagara Region on Sept. 22, 2014 by 200 police.
Massive amounts of cocaine was smuggled by truck from the U.S. to the Niagara Region and by ship through the Port of Montreal.
The operation brought at least 2,431 kilos of cocaine into Ontario in 2013 alone, at a time when local prices were roughly $36,000 to $39,500 a kilo.
Mexican nationals Raul Bulhosen and Borja Vilalta-Castellanos were earlier sentenced to prison terms of 18 and 17 years. Police seized $1.2m worth of cocaine, $250,000 worth of marijuana, $430,000 cash, a 9mm Beretta handgun and two shotguns, 13 vehicles including a Ferrari and Porsche worth $500,000, and high value jewelry worth $400,000.
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'Run, granny, they got me' - Jail Smuggler busted

Carolyn Lou Gay, 64, was caught smuggling pot, cocaine and heroin inside drinking straws into jail for her grandson. Police say she passed 22 heat-sealed drinking straws full of suboxone, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, tobacco, and hypodermic needles to her grandson, Shawn Weister.

After his grandmother passed him the contraband, a correctional officer told Weister that he would be searched. At this point Weister tried to flee. He yelled to his grandmother: ‘Run, Granny, they got me’ Guy was arrested at a mobile home in Kearneysville, West Virginia. She is held on $250,000 bail.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rustam Suleimanov arrested in GTA Mob Firebomb Spree

27-year-old Rustam Suleimanov has been charged with tossing a Molotov cocktail into a Vaughan bakery last June, one of more than a dozen violent incidents investigated by GTA organized crime police this summer. He is scheduled to appear in Newmarket court on Thursday to face charges of arson causing damage to property and break and enter.

That same night, the front door of a home on Mellings Drive in Vaughan was fired upon.

A house on Mellings Drive in Woodbridge, was hit by arson and gun attacks in August 2017.
The Mellings Drive house belongs to Maria Arevalo and Giuseppe Cuntrera. Police are also investigating an arson at the home of Cuntrera's uncle. The Caffe Corretto in Vaughan was totally destroyed by an explosion in late June.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

US officials raise alarm over Colombia's cocaine boom

Colombia's pursuit of peace with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has had a "staggering" impact on the country's cocaine trade. Many echoed the idea that the Colombian government had dropped the ball on counternarcotics efforts for the sake of peace negotiations. FARC rebels do appear to be asserting themselves in Colombia's criminal underworld and the new cocaine boom — production rose 134% between 2013 and 2016.

The amount of export-quality cocaine produced in Colombia increased from 270 metric tons in 2013 to 910 metric tons in 2016. This is more than 85% of world supply.
US Coast Guard officials have warned several times that their units are unable to keep up with the flows of illegal narcotics coming to the US from South and Central America.

In 2016, the Coast Guard intercepted nearly 450,000 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of $6 billion. In March, a Coast Guard cutter unloaded 16 tons of cocaine seized by US and Canadian ships over a month period in the eastern Pacific. In May, a cutter unloaded 18.5 tons of the drug seized by six ships off the coasts of Central and South America. In June another cutter unloaded 18 tons.

Colombian security forces captured 28 members of the Gulf Clan. The country's most-feared drug gang, the operation targeted the Gulf Clan in the northwestern region of Antioquia. Columbia had previously announced that security forces had killed the Gulf Clan's second-in-command Roberto Vargas Gutierrez, alias "Galivan."
The Gulf Clan accounts for some 70 percent of Colombia's cocaine production.
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Big HA poker run in Kelowna

Hundreds of bikers were on the streets of Kelowna this past weekend for two very different kinds of events. The Salvation Army held its annual Motorcycle Toy Run Sunday. This is the 32nd year the Salvation Army has brought the ride to Kelowna.

Bikers from across the province were also in Kelowna last weekend for the Hells Angels annual Poker Run. The colours of outlaw biker gangs where everywhere in Kelowna for an annual competition where players collect a card at several checkpoints. Prizes are awarded to players with the best poker hands at the end of the event.
Kelowna has a massive large problem with fentanyl, the greatest in Canada and the fact we have the HA still grossly entrenched explains that fact far too well.
Chapter President Damiano Dipopolo
The Kelowna property has been a target of the civil forfeiture office since 2012. A bid to quash the seizure was dismissed in February 2016 in a Vancouver courtroom, and forfeiture proceedings were expected to begin again in Vancouver this year.

It has also been a hotbed for crime. Most recently a stolen travel trailer was removed from the property.
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Konaam Shirzad whacked in Kamloops

Founding member of the Red Scorpion gang, Konaam Shirzad, 34 was killed in a targeted shooting in Kamloops. "Konaam Shirzad and his associates played a very significant role in the local drug trade here in Kamloops." said cops.

During the Surrey Six murder trial gang members identified Shirzad as one of the gang's founding members. He has faced dozens of criminal charges since then. On September 21st Shirzad was found dead and another victim, a 28-year-old male, was taken to Royal Inland Hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Two suspects fled on foot. Soon after the shooting, a vehicle was reported burning.
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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Lobster with a Mobster still Boiling 'tough on crime' Guy

Whispers are rife of a palace coup against Matthew 'tough on crime' Guy. Several meetings of Coalition MPs have taken place since Matthew Guy’s “lobster with a mobster” scandal broke, canvassing the potential of replacing Guy.
The leadership challenge rumours come as Mr Guy is embroiled in a donations scandal, with Fairfax Media reports alleging a $10,000 donation bought a property developer a private penthouse meeting with then-Planning Minister Mr Guy in 2013.

Earlier this month it was also revealed Guy was taken out to dinner in Greece by a major Geelong developer, while on a partially taxpayer-funded trip in July.
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mark "Chopper" Read

Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read (17 November 1954 – 9 October 2013) was an Australian criminal and author. Read wrote a series of semi-autobiographical fictional crime novels and children's books. The 2000 film Chopper is based on his life.

Read was already an accomplished street fighter and the leader of the Surrey Road gang in his teens. He began his criminal career by robbing drug dealers, based in massage parlours in the Prahran area. He later graduated to kidnapping and torturing members of the criminal underworld, often using a blowtorch or bolt cutters to remove the toes of his victims as an incentive for them to produce enough money so that Read would leave them alive.

He was convicted of crimes including armed robbery, firearm offences, assault, arson, impersonating a police officer and kidnapping.
Read spent only 13 months outside prison between the ages of 20 and 38.
While in Pentridge Prison's H division in the late 1970s, Read launched a prison war. Read was ambushed and stabbed by members of his own gang in a sneak attack when they felt that his plan to cripple every other inmate in the entire division and win the gang war in one fell swoop was going too far. Read lost several feet of intestine in the attack. At the time Read was serving a 16 and a half-year sentence after attacking a judge.
Read claimed to be involved in the killing of 19 people and the attempted murder of 11 others. In an April 2013 interview with the New York Times, Read said "Look, honestly, I haven't killed that many people, probably about four or seven, depending on how you look at it."

He made the headlines again, on 15 December 2008 after he was attacked by a tomahawk-wielding man he said he had never met before. He said: "I ran to the panelbeaters and grabbed a pipe. I said, 'Come here now' and he jumped into a car and pissed off." In April 2012, Read was diagnosed with liver cancer. Read died of the illness on 9 October 2013, aged 58

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bonanno Boss dodges Bocce Bust

Robert (Bobby Ha Ha) Attanasio
Bonanno crime family cap​o Robert “Bobby Ha Ha” Attanasio came out on top Wednesday when a judge sentenced him to just ​six months home confinement for violating the terms of his parole. Prosecutors tried to lock up the capo claiming he’d been caught red-handed playing in a Staten Island bocce tournament against Gambino ​associate Louis Vallario. ​But it was actually Attanasio’s namesake son who was in the ​M​afia-studded games at Angelina’s Restaurant in July 2015.

70-year-old​ Attanasio ​served 10 years behind bars for his role in the 1984 hit of associate Cesare Bonventre​. Bonventre’s hacked up remains were found pickled in steel drums secreted away in a New Jersey glue factory after mob boss Joe Massino ordered the hit.

Cesare Bonventre
Attanasio admitted he’d taken part in some 300 calls with former prison pals Vincent “Vinny Goo” Caroleo and Frank “Meatball” Bellatoni. The judge was skeptical. “If someone’s name is “Vinny Goo” or “Vinny Collision” or “Meatball” frankly, based on my extensive experience in organized crime cases, these are the kinds of nicknames given to people in the cosa nostra”. But the argument worked, and the judge let Attanasio off with a warning, 6 months home detention, and 2 years post-release supervision.

“Stay off the phone with anyone who isn’t a close relative” the judge ordered. “Or your priest.”

Fentanyl overdose couple lay rotting for four days next to trapped toddler

Fentanyl killed a young couple found dead in their Quebec apartment with an unharmed toddler last winter. The bodies of Amelie Gauthier-Matte, 20, and Christopher Lecouvie, 32, were discovered in an apartment in Gatineau, Que. on Feb. 27. Their bodies were found in an advanced state of decomposition intertwined on a bed. Lecouvie’s three-year-old son was found safe inside of the apartment after surviving for four days on his own. Gauthier-Matte and Levouvie’s bodies were located because a neighbour noticed the toddler throwing toys out of a window and decided to check in on him.
Gauthier-Matte and Lecouvie both had fentanyl, MDMA and methamphetamine in their systems, toxicology results showed. They died from respiratory failure caused by fentanyl intoxication.

This echos a tragic death of a five month old in Pennsylvania who died of starvation after both her parents fatally overdosed on fentanyl in February.