Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

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.

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.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Mexican Drug Kingpin Quintero Navidad pleads Guilty

Quintero 'Cadete' Navidad
Major Mexican drug cartel leader Quintero Navidad admitted in San Diego federal court that he organized the transportation and distribution of large quantities of cocaine and heroin into the United States. Sajid Emilio Quintero Navidad, aka Cadete, pleaded guilty to all charges ... conspiracy to distribute controlled substances intended for importation, conspiracy to import controlled substances and conspiracy to launder.

Quintero Navidad, 36, is the cousin of fugitive Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and an associate of high-ranking Mexican cartel leader Ismael Zambada-Garcia, aka Mayo. Quintero Navidad is believed to be one of the highest-ranking Mexican cartel leaders in the US.

Ismael Zambada García

Rafael Caro Quintero
Quintero Navidad’s guilty plea sends a clear message to other drug kingpins operating in Mexico said U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman. "There is no place to hide because our federal team will work tirelessly to hunt you down to face justice in our courts”.

HA Larry Amero arrested and charged in 2012 murder plots

High profile HA Larry Amero, 40, was arrested in Ottawa and will be brought to B.C. to face conspiracy charges. Convicted hitman Dean Michael Wiwchar, 32, has also been charged with one count of murder in Sandip Duhre’s January 2012 assassination, as well as conspiracy to commit the murder of Sukhveer Dhak in November 2012. Wiwchar was recently injured in a stabbing inside federal prison.

Rabih “Robby” Alkhalil was already facing charges in the Duhre murder and has made several B.C. court appearances. Both Wiwchar and Alkhalil were convicted last year of first-degree murder for the June 2012 execution of John Raposo in Toronto’s Little Italy.

Dean Wiwchar
After the Jonathon Bacon murder, police issued repeated public warnings that anyone connected to the Dhak-Duhre group could be targeted. A few months later Duhre was shot to death at the Sheraton Wall Centre in downtown Vancouver.

The violent conflict continued and in November 2012, Dhak and Thomas Mantel were gunned down outside a Burnaby hotel.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Coast Guard seizes 47,000 pounds cocaine since November

U.S. Coast Guard boats have seized 47,000 pounds of cocaine in the Pacific since November. A massive amount of drugs was displayed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton in San Diego before it was unloaded. Officials say the drugs seized during 23 separate incidents are worth more than $721 million.

The Coast Guard has broken cocaine seizure records for the past two years, taking in more than 227 tons of cocaine during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. That represents only a fraction of the illegal sea shipments.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Carfentanil deaths up 330% in Alberta

462 people died accidentally from fentanyl in the first three quarters of 2017, up from 293 in the same period last year.

The number of deaths related to carfentanil jumped from 29 in 2016 to 125 in 2017. The majority of the new cases occurred in the Calgary area, with 61 deaths, compared to just eight in 2016. Police again warned that fentanyl of any type can be fatal. If you’re going to use, don’t use alone and make sure naloxone is available.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Police link 2017 killings of Angelo Musitano, veterinary technician

The same hit man who gunned down Hamilton mobster Angelo Musitano last year also killed a veterinary technician who was in "the wrong place at the wrong time" two months earlier in York Region. Video surveillance suggests the same man committed both crimes and that a black Honda Civic was used in both cases. The killer was described as six-foot-two and 250 pounds. Hamilton police said that Musitano, 39, was stalked by several vehicles before he was killed on May 2, 2017 in the driveway of his suburban home while his wife and three children were inside. The killers made a number of mistakes, including botching an attempt to burn a getaway vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee that had been stolen in Quebec a month earlier.

Gang activity on the rise in Vancouver

Vancouver police Chief Adam Palmer said the region hasn’t seen this level of gang violence in more than a decade. “We’ve got several groups that are at odds with each other and they are going out and killing each other,” Palmer said. He added that the rivalries mostly revolve around drugs.

Innocent bystander 15-year-old Alfred Wong died Jan. 15, two days after a brazen shooting that also killed 23-year-old Kevin Whiteside.

Kevin Whiteside, 23
In December, police announced the arrest of 34-year-old Derek Stephens. He is facing 39 firearms-related charges. Police seized guns, more than 1,200 rounds of ammunition, multiple high-capacity magazines, silencers, balaclavas, zap-straps, a Taser and handcuffs.

Earlier that month police announced a significant seizure of firearms, drugs, explosives and stolen property all related to organized crime groups. Since May there have been nine separate incidents where shots were fired that were deemed to be targeted. Last year there were a total of 31 incidents of shots fired in the city. That’s up from 26 in 2016 and 11 in 2015.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Vincent 'Mad Dog' Coll

Vincent 'Mad Dog' Coll (Uinseann Ó Colla, July 20, 1908 – February 8, 1932) was an Irish mob hitman in 1920s New York City.

On July 28, 1931, Coll unsuccessfully attempted to kidnap Joey Rao, a Dutch Schultz underling. The resulting shootout left a five year old child dead and several children wounded. After this, New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker dubbed Coll “Mad Dog”
Coll retained famed defense lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Leibowitz destroyed the credibility of the prosecution's main witness, George Brecht, a man who made a covert living as a witness at trials.

In December 1931, Coll was acquitted. Dutch Schultz and Owney Madden put a $50,000 bounty on Vincent Coll's head. On February 1, 1932, five gunmen invaded a Bronx apartment which Coll was rumored to frequent and opened fire with pistols and submachine guns. Three were killed and three others wounded. Coll himself didn't show up until thirty minutes after the shooting.
A week after the Bronx shootings, Mad Dog Coll was using a phone booth in the London Chemists drug store at Eighth Avenue and 23rd Street. He was talking to Madden, demanding $50,000 from the gangster under the threat of kidnapping his brother-in-law. Madden kept Coll on the line while the call was traced.

Three men arrived in a dark limousine. While one waited behind the wheel, two others stepped out. One of them waited outside while the other walked inside, drew a Thompson submachine gun from under his overcoat and opened fire on Coll in the glass phone booth.

Coll's body is removed. A total of fifteen bullets were dug out of his body at the morgue.
The three men involved in Coll’s murder all met violent deaths. Leonard Scarnici was electrocuted at Sing Sing. Anthony Fabrizzo was murdered after a botched attempt on the life of "Bugsy" Siegel in 1932. Abraham "Bo" Weinberg vanished without a trace on Sept. 9, 1935, presumably killed by Schultz.

ATM Heists gone Bad

A man is blown up by his own explosion as he tried to steal cash from an ATM in Scotland. The would-be thief, who suffered 'life-threatening' injuries, was flung into the air as a ball of fire erupted from the ATM in Clydebank. He sustained extensive injuries to his face and head, while an accomplice escaped unhurt. Police are on the search for the second man, who can be seen in the video collecting a bag and walking away from the scene as he leaves his injured colleague behind. Debris from the destroyed ATM was said to be scattered as far as 25 yards away from the blast while nearby shop windows also suffered damage. The injured man, 51, was found unconscious and was said to be in a critical condition.
A man who blew up a cash machine in the Darwin suburb of Winnellie in 2016 was knocked backwards by the explosion, CCTV footage shows.

The man's thongs were blown off his feet and he fled barefoot. The ATM on Albatross Street was a tangled mess of electronics and broken metal when police arrived, alerted by an alarm triggered at about 3:45am.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pagan's MC still rides, wreaks havoc on Jersey Shore

Ferdinand Augello, left, and Paul Pagano.The Pagans were back in the news for the usual reasons: accusations of drug dealing, murder plots, and undercover agents and confidential informants recording them. Augello and Pagano are charged in the case of James Kauffman, who is charged with having his wife murdered in 2012 and running a drug ring out of his office.
James and April Kauffman
Dr. James Kauffman, 68, was afraid his wife would go to authorities about a drug enterprise he was helping to operate with members of the Pagan's. So he hired a hitman to kill her. Kauffman faces conspiracy charges related to the murder as well as racketeering charges tied to the alleged drug scheme. James Kauffman "solicited" Augello in the summer of 2011 to kill his wife.

Francis Mulholland who is cousins with Pagan associate Joseph Mulholland, was given a gun and a ride to the Kauffman home in the early morning hours of May 10, 2012. Mulholland then went inside the home, which had been left open for him, and shot April Kauffman twice, killing her. Francis Mulholland died of a drug overdose in October 2013.

Francis Mulholland

Italy breaks up Chinese crime ring, arrests 33

Italy ordered the arrest of 33 people for running a Chinese mafia group involved in gambling, prostitution and drugs, and which dominated the transport of Chinese goods across Europe. The group’s base was in Prato, near Florence, a hub for the textile industry where many factories are owned and run by Chinese.

Boss Naizhong Zhang, was based in Rome. He used profits from illegal activities to build a massive transport company that dominated the trucking of goods for thousands of Chinese companies. The network had members in other parts of Italy and across Europe.
Arrest warrants were issued in Rome, Milan, Padua, Paris, Madrid and Neuss, Germany. Zhang won a near-monopoly in distribution across much of Europe through threats and violence against Chinese company owners.

Charles “Chucky” Russell

Charles “Chucky” Russell was an imposing figure when the member of the Outfit’s Grand Avenue crew was in his prime. But the fearsome 68-year-old convicted killer is now suffering from terminal prostate cancer and is wasting away. On Dec. 12, Russell was freed on $4,500 bond. His lawyer told the court that he’d live in a condo owned by his girlfriend, Patricia Spilotro. Sources say she’s a relative of Anthony and Michael Spilotro, the legendary Outfit members whose double murder in 1986 was featured in the film, “Casino.”

Russell was convicted of murder in 1973 and criminal sexual assault in 1992. He faces federal gun charges after allegedly buying eight guns from an undercover agent.

Anthony Spilotro

Russell told an informant he planned to target the home of a 70-year-old lawyer who kept cash in a safe. Russell said he might put a blowtorch to the lawyer’s feet to force him to open the safe. But he worried the victim could have a heart attack and die. “Then we have a bad case” he said. He claimed over 400 robberies.

The Outfit is still reeling from the FBI’s “Family Secrets” case that led to the conviction of some of its most powerful members, including Grand Avenue crew leader Joey “The Clown” Lombardo, in 2007. In 2014, two of Russell’s Outfit associates, Paul Koroluk and Robert Panozzo Sr., were charged with racketeering.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

European cocaine pipeline key to Colombian drug traffickers

Cocaine seizures in Spain, Portugal and Ecuador illustrate the European cocaine pipeline that has become a central part of the operations of Colombian drug traffickers. The group imported cocaine in shipping containers traveling from Panama to Portugal, and were in the process of importing 355 kilograms of cocaine stashed in pineapples. In Ecuador there was a seizure of 1.45 metric tons of cocaine hidden in a shipping container of frozen fish that was set to sail to Belgium.
Today’s Colombian drug trafficking networks have been reduced to the role of wholesalers to Mexican cartels, who claim the biggest profits by controlling the movement of drugs into the US. In recent years, Colombian networks have been gradually making up for this shortfall in profits by seeking out other markets — Europe in particular. Cocaine produced in the north is often first trafficked by land or sea into Panama, and then onto Europe in shipping containers.
Cocaine produced in southern Colombia such as Putumayo, Nariño and Caquetá frequently crosses the border into Ecuador, where it is dispatched from ports, above all Guayaquil, where police seized 13.5 tons of cocaine last year. An increase in the size of shipments reaching Europe coincides with the dramatic increase in cocaine production in Colombia. In Europe, price differentials can be massive. A short hop from the Netherlands to the UK can increase profits by over 60 percent per kilogram. Attempts are being made by Colombian groups to move into intra-continental distribution. Colombian groups such as the Rastrojos and later the Urabeños have a level of armed presence in Europe, maintaining debt collection offices in Spain.

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