Monday, April 30, 2018

Kinahan gangster Naoufal 'Mr Couscous' Fassih

The multi-chinned Fassih has been jailed in Holland for conspiracy to murder and money laundering, after being arrested in April 2016 in Ireland and extradited to Amsterdam. Fassih, nicknamed ‘Mr Couscous’ is seen as a major figure in the global drugs trade. He has sinister connections in the US, South America and Africa.

The lardy thug, who’s also wanted in Spain for conspiracy to whack a Kinahan cartel rival, spearheaded a number of attacks on the Hutch gang while hiding out.

Mobster Daniel Kinahan
Largely thanks to the efforts of ­gardai, he was put on a porridge diet yesterday for his role in masterminding a failed ­gangland assassination. The target, Peter ‘Pjotr’ Raap, miraculously survived despite being hit six times when assassins pumped 36 bullets into his car near Amsterdam in November 2015. Five men convicted of the attempted hit were sentenced to between 17 and 20 years for the attack last summer. Prosecutors claim Fassih was the man responsible.
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Brawl between Hells Angels and King Cobras breaks out at strip club

Rival bikie gangs in Auckland have created chaos across the city after brawling in the streets before changing the venue, committing a violent assault in hospital. Police are looking for three men, all with links to the Hells Angels, after a violent brawl erupted on Auckland's gentleman's strip before ending in the assault of a security guard in hospital.
The fight initially broke out between members of the Hells Angels and rival bikie gang the King Cobras.

The fight broke out again in the emergency ward.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

'Bugsy' Siegel

Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (born Benjamin Siegelbaum Feb 28, 1906 – June 20, 1947) was an American gangster and associate of the Genovese crime family. Siegel was one of the most feared gangsters of his day.

Siegel was one of the founders and leaders of Murder, Inc and a bootlegger. After Prohibition was repealed in 1933, he turned to gambling. His time as a mobster was mainly as a hitman and muscle. In 1937 he left New York and moved to California. Siegel was a driving force behind development of Las Vegas as a gambling mecca.
Bugsy Siegel was a textbook sociopath and murderer many times over. Ruthless and cold blooded, remorse was alien to him. In gangster circles, the nickname "Bugsy" is often a term of endearment or honor. It is given out to those racketeers who show no fear.

Seigel was quoted as saying "My friends call me Ben, strangers call me Mr. Siegel, and guys I don't like call me Bugsy, but not to my face." In 1937, the East Coast mob sent Siegel to California to develop syndicate gambling rackets with Los Angeles crime family boss, Jack Dragna. Using investments from the mob, he took over the plans to build the first casino resort in Vegas.
The project ran far over budget as no expense was spared during the war-time economy. The mob was not happy, as they had already put about 5 million dollars into the project.

By late 1946 the syndicate issued an ultimatum: provide an accounting or else.
On the night of June 20, 1947, as Siegel sat in Virginia Hill's Beverly Hills home reading the Los Angeles Times, an unknown assailant fired at him through the window with a .30-caliber military M1 carbine, hitting him many times, including twice in the head. No one was charged, and the crime remains officially unsolved.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Pennsylvania Darknet Fentanyl Dealer Jeremy Achey pulls Life

Jeremy Achey, 43, of Bethlehem, Penn., sold fentanyl over the 'Dark Net' using the screen name Etiking. He will now spend the rest of his life in prison after his drugs caused a deadly overdose.

A 24-year-old Orlando woman and her fiance bought the drugs from him in February 2017. They both overdosed — he survived and she died. DEA agents tracked Achey to his home in Pennsylvania from his bitcoin account.
Agents saw Achey drop off several items at a post office and went undercover to buy drugs on the web site called Alphabay Market. The “dark net” is an area of the Internet only accessible through the use of an encrypted browsing platform. Authorities said he sent thousands of packages of synthetic drugs. Federal prosecutors said Achey could be connected to 19 other overdose deaths across the country.

Achey was arrested and extradited to Florida. He was convicted in January on conspiracy to distribute and distribution of controlled substance analogues. The DEA said “To all those who feel safe hiding behind the dark web to dispense lethal drugs, you will eventually pay a high price for your actions.”

Friday, April 27, 2018

Mob Boss 'Skinny Joey' Merlino pleads guilty

Wiseguy Joey “Skinny Joey” Merlino removed his ankle bracelet Friday after he pleaded guilty to a single count of illegal gambling that allows him to avoid retrial. Merlino, head of the Philadelphia mob, had his initial case dismissed in January after a federal jury was unable to reach a verdict on charges of illegal gambling, loansharking, health care fraud and racketeering. Rather than retry him, the feds agreed to let him cop to the least serious count. Illegal gambling carries a maximum of two years in the slammer. Racketeering, by contrast, carries a maximum 20 years in prison.
Judge Richard Sullivan was openly peeved. The government is recommending that Merlino get 10 to 16 months behind bars under the deal. But Merlino’s sentence is at the discretion of the judge — who seemed to indicate 'Skinny Joey' will do the full two years. Merlino, 56, will be sentenced Sept. 13.

US targets Chinese fentanyl kingpin Jian Zhang with sanctions

The US Treasury named Chinese fentanyl supplier Jian Zhang, of Shanghai, as a major global trafficker. Designating Zhang under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act allows it to go after his financial interests around the world. Zhang was already indicted last October as part of a joint US-Chinese law enforcement investigation into trade in fentanyl.
Attorney-General Jeff Sessions said most of the fentanyl distributed in the United States comes from China, and is shipped either through the mail or smuggled across the southern border. He said the Chinese had cooperated with US investigators in the case.

Bathurst middle school teacher Julie Michaud accused of HA cocaine trafficking

A middle school teacher at Place-des-Jeunes school in Bathurst is facing cocaine trafficking charges as a result of RCMP efforts to dismantle major Hells Angels controlled drug trafficking rings. Julie Michaud, 35, of Allardville was arrested earlier this week, along with eight men.  The francophone northeast school district has confirmed Michaud is a teacher at the school for students in Grades 6 to 8.

She teaches French and sciences, according to the school website.
Michaud was absent from the school yesterday. She was released under conditions pending her next court appearance on May 28.
Michaud is charged with six offences:

Conspiracy to traffic in cocaine.
Trafficking in cocaine.
Conspiracy to possess cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Laundering proceeds of crime.
Possession of the proceeds of crime.​

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Spanish police seize nine tons of cocaine in record breaking bust

Spanish police have seized a record nine tons of cocaine concealed in a shipment of bananas from Colombia. The stash was the largest ever found in a single shipping container in Europe. Street value is between £262m and £349m in the UK. Officials said the container was imported by a Colombian company on a ship coming from the Colombian port of Turbo.

The consignment easily surpassed the 6,000-kilo cocaine haul at Algeciras last November, which was the largest of its kind in Europe in 18 years.

9 arrested in Hells Angels-linked drug investigation in NB

Eight men and one woman have been arrested in northern New Brunswick as part of an investigation into the cocaine trade linked to the Hells Angels. Operation J-Thunder, which started in November 2016, targeted the sale of cocaine on the Acadian Peninsula and in Restigouche, Madawaska and Victoria counties. The New Brunswick arrests are connected to a series of raids carried out in Quebec this week, resulting in the dismantling of three major Hells Angels-controlled drug trafficking rings. Drug territory in NB is ultimately controlled by the Hells Angels from chapters South, Montreal and Trois-Rivières in Quebec.
The accused will appear in Bathurst provincial court. None are Hells Angels but all are associates of puppet clubs. In 2016, the Hells Angels strengthened its presence in the province by planting six members there, establishing a Nomads chapter.

Nomads often don't have their own clubhouse, nor do they have territorial boundaries, unlike traditional chapters.
Emery 'Pit' Martin
Robin Moulton is accused of violating 2 lifetime weapons bans.Last year, police arrested full-patch Robin Moulton and charged him with three cocaine trafficking-related charges. He also faces nine charges relating to firearms, including a high-powered rifle with a silencer and a loaded 9-mm handgun.

His 'close associate' Marie Antonette Bugay faces 10 drug and weapons-related charges.
Bugay is secretary of the Atlantic Confederation of Clubs and Independents, a group fighting 'biker discrimination'.
Earlier last year, Bathurst Mayor Paolo Fongemie called on the provincial government to ban biker gangs, as the community grew concerned with the increasing violence and greater presence of OMG bikers. A member of the biker group fired back, accusing the mayor of "slander" and "fearmongering."

Joseph DeAngelo: Accused California Serial Killer

Joseph DeAngelo's six-year career as a cop came swiftly to an end after being busted for shoplifting a can of dog repellant and a hammer from a store in a Sacramento suburb in 1979. Authorities are now wondering if the items were intended as tools for the sinister rash of crimes he's suspected of carrying out. DeAngelo, 72, is accused of being the Golden State Killer who terrorized suburban neighbourhoods in a spate of brutal rapes and slayings in the 1970s and '80s before leaving a cold trail that baffled investigators.
DeAngelo is charged with eight counts of murder after being linked to the crimes through his DNA. Authorities said he was responsible for a dozen slayings and some 50 rapes and that other charges could be filed. Most of the crimes occurred in the three years he was an Auburn police officer in the Sierra foothills outside Sacramento.

Law enforcement refocused their attention on the case two years ago on the 40th anniversary of the first known attack. Detectives were able to get a sample of DNA from something DeAngelo discarded. The genetic material was not a match, but there were enough similarities that investigators got a second sample, which proved conclusive.
Sacramento deputies walk to the garage of the Citrus Heights, Calif., home of Joseph James DeAngeloThe number of attacks recorded by police dropped after he was fired from the police department. But they intensified in violence and moved to southern California. Nine killings occurred between October 1979 and August 1981.

After a rape and killing in Orange County five years later, the culprit appeared to have quit.
 Victims of the 'Golden State Killer'

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

OPP issue warnings of drug mix known as ‘purple heroin’

Drugs thought to be fentanyl and cocaine were seized in Simcoe in January and sent to Health Canada for testing. The results show the drugs were actually a mix of heroin, morphine, fentanyl and carfentanil.
Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. As little as two milligrams could be fatal through ingestion, inhalation or absorption through the skin. If dealers weigh fentanyl or carfentanil on a scale and then weigh another drug on the same scale, there can be cross-contamination and “minuscule grains” can be enough to be fatal.

Mobster Vinny Asaro unhappy with stiff sentence

Bonanno capo Vincent Asaro, 83, says eight years in prison is over the top for a conviction on ordering the 2012 torching of a car that cut him off. The aging gangster says he’s getting shafted. Asaro said the reason the prison term is so out of whack is that Judge Allyne Ross wrongly weighed his 2015 acquittal in a trial where the feds tried linking him to a 1969 murder and the infamous 1978 Lufthansa heist.

Asaro is pressing for the appeals court to make another judge available to re-sentence him. The prison term is about three times the length of federal guideline recommendations. Federal prosecutors asked Ross to sentence Asaro to 15 years.

Drug ring linked to Kinahan cartel uncovered in Australia

A sophisticated drug trafficking operation between Ireland and Australia has been uncovered after a two-year transnational investigation into the Kinahan cartel. Four Irish nationals in Australia and New Zealand have been arrested. The Kinahan cartel is known to have networks stretching around the world.
Gerry Hutch (aka the Monk) and Christy Kinahan.Previous arrests in Perth, Darwin, Sydney and Christchurch have also been linked to the operation. Irish authorities have confirmed a number of those arrested have previously traveled to Australia, where the value of cocaine is four to five times that of Ireland.

In 2016 the Kinahan cartel was at the center of a bloody feud with the rival Hutch gang in the heart of Dublin. At least a dozen have died.
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