Thursday, November 30, 2017

Cargo Thefts on the rise World-wide

Cargo theft incidents in the United States were up 24 percent in the third quarter. Texas beat out California for the state with the most reported cargo theft incidents in the quarter, accounting for 24 percent of all thefts – a 105 percent increase over the second quarter. California also accounted for 24 percent of thefts nationwide, followed by Florida, Georgia and New Jersey at 9 percent each.

Full truckload theft was the most common theft type, accounting for 82 percent of all reported thefts with an average loss value of $128,450.
In Rio de Janeiro the thefts — which occur on average more than once an hour and are often staged by scores of criminals carrying assault rifles — have forced the national postal service to stop street deliveries in some parts of Rio, while supermarkets have raised their prices to pay for the losses.

“The situation in Rio is out of control,” says an expert. “We now say this has stopped being theft and it has almost turned into looting.” The government of Brazil has deployed troops to the city of Rio de Janeiro to try to slow the rise of cargo theft, which rose 22 percent last year to 22,500 thefts.

UFC Star McGregor in brawl with Mobster Graham “The Wig” Whelan

According to media reports, a threat has been made against Conner McGregor’s life over a sensational barroom brawl with Irish mafia figures. The reports claim that senior members of Ireland’s infamous Kinahan crime cartel are seeking retribution.
McGregor allegedly assaulted a man with ties to Kinahan lieutenant Graham “The Wig” Whelan — one of the country’s most feared gangsters. Reports claim Whelan has demanded McGregor pay restitution of 900,000 Euros ($1,060,000 million) or the crime figure will have the biggest name in MMA shot.

The UFC star issued an apparent invitation on Thursday: “Come and get me!”

A long running vendetta exists between the Kinahan drugs cartel and Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch's crime group.
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Remembering Pablo Escobar, the Narcos King

Colombia's most feared drug lord, Pablo Escobar died today 24 years ago. He was 44. Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (December 1, 1949 – December 2, 1993) was a Colombian drug lord and Medellín cartel leader. One of the wealthiest men in the world at the height of his power, the Medellín drug cartel was smuggling 15 tons of cocaine a day, worth more than half a billion dollars, into the United States.
In the early 1970s Escobar was a thief and bodyguard. He made a quick $100,000 from the kidnapping and ransoming a Medellín executive before entering the drug trade with Alvaro Prieto. In 1975, Escobar started developing his own cocaine operation. He even flew a plane himself, mainly between Colombia and Panama, to smuggle a load into the United States. When he later bought 15 new and bigger airplanes (including a Learjet) and 6 helicopters, he decommissioned the plane and hung it above the gate to his ranch.

Pablo Escobar's palace off the coast of Cartagena on La Isla

Vacation house in Guatape

Colombia quickly became the world’s murder capital.
Corruption and intimidation characterized Escobar's operations. His policy in dealing with law enforcement and the government was referred to as "plata o plomo," (literally silver or lead, colloquially [accept] money or [face] bullets).

Escobar was responsible for the deaths of about 4,000 people, including three Colombian presidential candidates, an attorney general, an estimated 200 judges and 1,000 police. In 1989, he bombed a Colombian plane and Bogota's DAS building, killing 159 people and injuring 1,000 others.

In 1989, Forbes estimated Escobar to be the seventh-richest man in the world with a personal wealth of close to US$25 billion while his Medellín cartel controlled 80% of the global cocaine market. In 1992 United States from Delta Force, Navy SEALs and Centra Spike joined an all-out manhunt for Escobar. They trained and advised a special Colombian police task force, known as the Search Bloc. The war against Escobar ended on December 2, 1993. Using radio triangulation technology provided by the United States, a Colombian electronic surveillance team found him hiding in a middle-class barrio in Medellín. A firefight with Escobar and his bodyguard ensued. The two fugitives attempted to escape by running across the roofs of adjoining houses to reach a back street, but both were shot and killed.
Last year Pablo Escobar’s once-opulent Colombian vacation home was demolished, 22 years after the drug lord’s death. The 20-room mansion, complete with a private runway for Escobar’s planes, was one of the main tourist draws at a theme park that now covers much of the drug dealer’s former estate of Hacienda Napoles. Theme park managers demolished the semi-ruined mansion before it collapsed.
A herd of 50 hippos, the offspring of four animals bought in the 1980s for Escobar’s personal zoo, still roam the area. There’s also a former bullring.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd

Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd (February 3, 1904 – October 22, 1934) was an American bank robber. When paroled after his first bank robbery Floyd vowed that he would never see the inside of another prison.

He committed a series of bank robberies over the next several years; it was during this period that he acquired the nickname "Pretty Boy." According to one account, when the payroll master targeted in a robbery described the three perpetrators to the police, he referred to Floyd as "a mere boy — a pretty boy with apple cheeks." In 1929, Floyd was wanted in numerous serious cases.
Floyd and Adam Richetti became the primary suspects in a June 17, 1933, gunfight known as the "Kansas City massacre" that resulted in the deaths of four law enforcement officers.

On July 23, 1934, following the death of John Dillinger, "Pretty Boy" Floyd was named Public Enemy Number 1.
On October 22, 1934, Floyd was killed in an apple orchard near East Liverpool, Ohio, while being pursued by local law officers and FBI agents led by Melvin Purvis.

He hated his nickname so much that after being gunned down he made one final declaration, “I’m Charles Arthur Floyd.”

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

$5,000 Reward for HA Federal Fugitive - Russell Allen Lyles, Jr

Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Russell Allen Lyles, Jr., aka J.R., 36, of Windsor, California. The Sonoma County Alliance is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Russell Allen Lyles, Jr.

Lyles is a member of the Sonoma County Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
The San Francisco FBI announced multiple criminal indictments against eleven members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang. At least eight of the men are members of the Sonoma County Hells Angels Chapter.
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Prosecutors seek 15-year sentence for aging ‘Goodfellas’ gangster

Aging gangster Vincent Asaro, 82, was acquitted for his role in the infamous $6 million 1978 Lufthansa heist but could still spend the rest of his life behind bars. He ordered a hit on the car that cut him off. Two years ago, the Bonanno capo scored a stunning acquittal on racketeering charges.
The feds insist the judge can weigh the acquitted conduct in her sentence.

And they say she can also consider his more recent behavior — such as his alleged talk of killing a prosecutor, and jailhouse boasts about the decades-old heist like “We did it and got away with it.” Prosecutors said that although Asaro has “participated in racketeering, murder, robbery, extortion, loansharking, gambling and other illegal conduct, he has served less than eight years in jail.” In June, Asaro pleaded guilty to directing the 2012 Queens arson. The defense says Asaro should get time served.
Asaro enlisted a Bonanno associate to do the automotive hit. The associate brought in John J. Gotti and another man to help out. Gotti, the grandson of the late Gambino boss, pleaded guilty to being the getaway driver. He’s awaiting sentence.

Armed robber in Bellagio Poker Cage Heist Wanted

Police are on the hunt for a man who robbed a poker cage at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The suspect, in a wig and glasses, approached the poker cage armed with a handgun. Actor James Woods was playing poker at the Bellagio when the suspect robbed the cage 30 feet away.

Russian Mob Boss can't be extradited from Austria - Fear of Flying

A Russian mob boss with scores of murders on his rap sheet cannot be extradited from Austria, reportedly because of his newly discovered fear of flying.

Aslan 'Dzhako' Gagiev’s gang is accused of carrying out 60 murders in Moscow and the North Caucasus. An Austrian court has approved Gagiev’s extradition to Russia three times since his arrest in 2015.
The latest extradition attempt was foiled as Gagiev was on his way to Vienna airport after his lawyers presented documentation claiming that one of Russia’s most wanted criminals might not be able to survive the flight due to a newly contracted and severe fear of flying.

A source cited by Kommersant says the Investigative Committee hopes that Gagiev, also known as Dzhako, would end up in a Russian jail by late December or early January. “This isn’t about aerophobia! Dzhako simply knows that a life sentence awaits him in Russia,”
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Putin's Angels: Inside Russia's Most Infamous Motorcycle Club

The leader's name is the Surgeon, and he is the president of the Night Wolves, the largest motorcycle club in Russia.

The motorcycle club's leader has transformed a biker gang into a self-styled vanguard of patriotic holy warriors, reportedly 5,000 strong, with close ties to the Kremlin.

Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with members of the Night Wolves biker group
He can regularly be heard trumpeting the country's greatness while warning that its enemies — America, Europe, homosexuals, liberals, traitorous "fifth columnists" — intend to undermine Mother Russia.

He and the other Night Wolves often hold motorcycle rallies to promote Russian patriotism and Orthodox Christianity, making rumbling pilgrimages to churches and holy sites. He has vowed to defend the Kremlin from Maidan-inspired protesters and has pledged to die for Vladimir Putin, the country's president. He has famously declared that "wherever the Night Wolves are, that should be considered Russia."
In 2013, Putin awarded the Night Wolves' leader an Order of Honor for his "patriotic education of youth."

Putin turned the club into "auxiliaries of the state" as part of a broader push to turn potential adversaries into compliant allies.

Alexander Zaldostanov: Nickname 'Surgeon' head of the Night Wolves MC

The Surgeon flirted with modeling the Night Wolves on the HA, they reportedly operated according to a word-for-word Russian translation of the Hells Angels' rule book.

Now he is a detractor of outlaw clubs. In the Russian press, he has called them "arms dealers," "demons" and "drug cartels on wheels."

In June 2015 he asked Russia's parliament to include both the Bandidos and Hells Angels on the government's new list targeting "undesirable" foreign organizations.