Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Meyer Lansky

Meyer Lansky (born Meyer Suchowljansky; July 4, 1902 – January 15, 1983), known as the "Mob's Accountant", was a Russian-born, Jewish American gangster who, along with Charles "Lucky" Luciano, was instrumental in the development of the National Crime Syndicate in the United States. For decades he was thought to be one of the most powerful men in the U.S. as a father of organized crime.
Lansky met Luciano when both were school boys. Despite being smaller, Lansky refused to pay protection money and the two boys fought to a draw. Lansky joined Luciano's schoolyard protection racket and the two men became life long friends.

He met Bugsy Siegel when he was still a teenager. Siegel saved Lansky's life many times over as the 3 gangsters rose to power. After Al Capone's 1931 conviction for tax evasion and prostitution, Lansky saw that he was vulnerable to a similar prosecution.

Far ahead of his time and to protect himself from the same fate, he transferred the illegal earnings from his growing empire to a Swiss numbered bank account. Lansky eventually even bought an offshore bank in Switzerland.
In his later years, Lansky lived a frugal, low-profile, routine existence in Miami Beach.
He dressed like the average grandfather, walked his dog every morning, and portrayed himself as a harmless retiree. Lansky's associates usually met him in malls and other crowded locations. Lansky would change drivers, who chauffeured him around town to look for new pay phones almost every day.

Authorities tried to convict him of tax evasion in 1970, but Lansky was acquitted in 1974.

Lansky died of lung cancer on January 15, 1983, age 80. On paper he was a pauper, worth virtually nothing. At the time, the FBI believed he left behind over $300 million, but they never found a cent.

1,422 in British Columbia died from overdose in 2017

A record 1,422 B.C. residents died in 2017 from illicit drug overdoses, with the majority related to fentanyl. Fentanyl was detected in 81 per cent of the overdose deaths. The number represents a 43 per cent increase in the number of deaths compared to 993 in 2016.

Carfentanil was detected in 64 suspected illicit drug overdose deaths from June to December 2017.
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority has the highest rate of illicit drug overdose deaths (35.9 deaths per 100,000) and also had the largest increase in rate from 2016 (50%) among health authorities.

B.C. began distributing free kits containing naloxone through pharmacies in December.

About 1,900 kits were made available through 220 pharmacies province-wide.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

500kg of cocaine seized from private jet from Colombia

Millions worth of cocaine has been seized at a small Hampshire airport on a private jet from Colombia. Border Force officers found around 500kg of cocaine after searching an aircraft that flew into the UK from Bogota. Two Britons, two Spaniards and an Italian were arrested. The aircraft crew were questioned before being released without charge.

Trial Starts for 'Skinny Joey' Merlino

A federal prosecutor says the reputed Philadelphia mob boss was a "fixer" in a widespread scheme to collect insurance payments by bribing doctors to write bogus prescriptions for a pain cream.

Joseph 'Skinny Joey' Merlino "called the shots" as he and his cohorts "used the health care system as their personal money tree." Defense attorney Edwin Jacobs said his client was framed by cooperating criminals with incentive to lie to save their own skins.
Prosecutors said Merlino also collected gambling debts for the syndicate, adding the jury would hear recordings of him fretting over whether any "rats" and "stool pigeons" were lurking. Merlino, 55, was among nearly four dozen defendants arrested in a 2016 crackdown. Crimes included extortion, loan-sharking, casino-style gambling, sports gambling, credit card fraud and health care fraud.

Most of the defendants pleaded guilty to lesser charges, with Merlino the only one so far to go to trial on conspiracy charges. He's free on $5 million bond.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Bartholomew Roberts - Black Bart

Bartholomew Roberts (17 May 1682 – 10 February 1722), born John Roberts, was a Welsh pirate who raided ships off America and West Africa between 1719 and 1722.

He was the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy, as measured by vessels captured, taking over 470 prizes in his short career.

Roberts was quoted as saying ... "In an honest service there is thin commons, low wages, and hard labour. In this, plenty and satiety, pleasure and ease, liberty and power; and who would not balance creditor on this side, when all the hazard that is run for it, at worst is only a sour look or two at choking? No, a merry life and a short one shall be my motto."

Black Bart's flag
On 10 February 1722, the HMS Swallow returned to Cape Lopez and found Black Bart's flagship Royal Fortune. On the previous day, Roberts had captured the Neptune, and many of his crew were drunk.

The pirates' plan was to sail past the Swallow, which meant exposing themselves to one broadside. Once past, they would have a good chance of escaping.

The helmsman failed to keep the Royal Fortune on course, and the Swallow was able to approach to deliver a second broadside. Roberts was killed by grapeshot, which struck him in the throat while he stood on deck. Roberts' wish to be buried at sea was fulfilled by his crew, who weighed his body down and threw it overboard after wrapping it in the ship's sail.

2017 deadliest year in Mexico for Murder

Organized crime-related homicides reached a record high in Mexico in 2017. The country’s bloodiest organized criminals have carried out 18,898 executions in Mexico in 2017, according to a watchdog agency. Last year’s figures showed a massive increase in organized crime-related killings.
Compared to the statistics from 2016, every state in Mexico (with the exception of Sonora) saw an increase in the number of executions related to organized crime. The states with the highest number of killings were Guerrero, Guanajuato, Veracruz, Michoacán, Chihuahua and Baja California.

Organized crime-related homicides in the western state of Nayarit surged from 31 in 2016 to 337 in 2017. Guanajuato also saw a dramatic spike in organized crime-related murders, going from 670 killings in 2016 to 1,983 a year later. It’s no surprise that the states with the highest number of executions by organized crime are also those that are the most strategically important.
Guerrero, which tops the list as the state with the highest number of executions, has transformed from the country’s epicentre of poppy cultivation to a continually disputed gang territory. Splintering of the Beltrán Leyva Organization (OBL) and the Familia Michoacana is creating conflict. The Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) and self-defense groups like the Viagras also have a strong presence in Guerrero.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

NJ Fentanyl Traffickers in 100 pound bust pull long time

Jesus Carrillo-Pineda, 31, and Daniel Vasquez, 28
Two men who were arrested with enough fentanyl to kill the entire population of New York City and New Jersey were sentenced to extended prison time. Jesus Carrillo-Pineda, 31 and Daniel Vasquez, 28, were arrested after police spotted them with a tractor-trailer full of fentanyl in a North Bergen parking lot. Police seized about 100 pounds of fentanyl during the bust. Carrillo-Pineda was sentenced to 10 years in state prison while Vasquez was sentenced to six years.

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Bag stuffed with 1.5kg of crack cocaine found in Cardiff street

A backpack stuffed with 1.5kg of crack cocaine abandoned in the middle of a Cardiff street helped police bust a massive drug network. Police recovered several kilos of cocaine, £450,000 in cash, and jewellery worth about £100,000, as they dismantled seven crime gangs. The men were jailed for a combined 116 years for their roles.

The ringleader, Hysen Lika was caught by police in December 2016 with a 1kg block of cocaine at 86% purity with a potential street value of £130,000. A series of arrests were made throughout the UK and in Spain in May and June last year. The sophisticated operation created “hides” inside vehicles to conceal drugs and cash, with one van found to contain £80,000.

North Carolina makes record Fentanyl busts

Jonathan O'Brian SweetJust days after seizing by far its largest amount of fentanyl ever, the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office confiscated an even larger amount Wednesday. Detectives with the sheriff's office seized 3.3 pounds (1,498 grams) of fentanyl.

Career drug dealer Jonathan Sweet had 5.79 grams of crack cocaine and 90 bags of heroin packaged for sale inside his pants. He faces numerous charges.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Mexican Police seize huge smorgasbord of drugs

Mexican police found a shipment that included 45 kg of fentanyl in a vehicle near the city of Ensenada in Baja California. Also found was 914 pounds (415 kg) of crystal meth, 88 pounds (40 kg) of cocaine and 18.5 pounds (8.4 kg) of heroin.
Ensenada is located about an hour and a half south of the border with the US state of California. The man was initially stopped because he lacked a front license plate.

In November, Mexican authorities seized 31 pounds (14 kg) of fentanyl hidden in a car on a highway between the Gulf of California and San Luis Rio Colorado.

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Notorious Russian mobster Boris Nayfeld has no regrets

New York's most notorious Russian mobster Boris Nayfeld wants to go back to the motherland. Once rich from heroin trafficking, tax fraud and other schemes, Boris Nayfeld, 70, is fresh out of prison for the third time, divorced and broke. "I can't do nothing" Nayfeld said in a thick Russian accent between shots of vodka. But he is not allowed to leave, he is still facing three years' probation from his latest prison term, which ended in October, a two-year stint in a murder-for-hire plot.
Nayfeld was dubbed an "organizer, enforcer and narcotics distributor" for the Russian mafia in a 1997 U.S. Customs intelligence report.Nayfeld first came to the U.S. from Belarus in the late 1970s with a wave of Jewish emigres from the former Soviet Union who said they were fleeing religious persecution. Nayfeld wasn't religious, he got into crime as soon as he arrived. Nayfeld, also known as Biba, has been convicted of fraud, tobacco smuggling and shipping heroin stashed in TVs. He has threatened to kill rivals and escaped one attempt on his life when a bomb placed under his car failed to detonate. He was at the scene when feared Russian godfather Evsei Agron was assassinated. After Agron was killed, Nayfeld served as a bodyguard and chauffer for the next don of the Russian mob, Marat Balagula.

Nayfeld has no regrets. "Never. No. When I'm born again, I do it the same," he said.
Russian criminals today run a range of enterprises throughout New York, including moneymaking Medicaid and credit card fraud rings, as well as traditional protection rackets, gambling and prostitution operations.

Balagula maintained an office at the El Caribe Country Club, a Brooklyn catering hall and event space owned by the uncle of President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.