Monday, April 30, 2018

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.

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 (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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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cop arrested in raids targeting Hells Angels in Quebec

Police carrying out a series of raids targeting the Hells Angels in Quebec arrested 63 people, including a member of the Repentigny police. Carl Ranger, a member of the Repentigny police force, was among those arrested in Project Objection, an investigation of several members of the biker gang. Ranger faces charges of breach of trust, credit card fraud as well as trafficking in methamphetamine and cocaine.
Police seized 21 kilograms of cocaine, more than $2 million, bulletproof vests and 34 firearms. The squad also raided the clubhouse of the Hells Angels’s South Chapter, something that had not been done since 2009. Three Hells Angels chapters — Trois Rivières, South and Montreal — were sharing territories in the Outaouais and Saguenay regions to distribute drugs. The arrests came after five months of raids targeting Montreal’s North and South Shores.

Michel (Sky) Langlois, a founding member of the Hells Angels Montreal chapter, was among those taken into custody. Langlois was among the first to become part of the Hells Angels in Canada in 1977.

Three Mexican film students killed, their bodies dissolved in acid

Last month, three Mexican university students were filming a school project when they disappeared. The last time they were seen alive they were being forced into a car by two armed men dressed as police officers in Guadalajara. The disappearance of 25-year-old Javier Salomón Aceves Gastélum and 20-year-olds Marco Garcia Francisco Avalos and Jesús Daniel Díaz, prompted protests across Mexico and drew outrage internationally. College students and others marched the streets of Guadalajara and Mexico City, demanding that officials bring the three young men home safely. “We’re students, not criminals,” they shouted. “Will I be next?”
After they were abducted, the film students were tortured and killed, and their bodies dissolved in acid. The students had no connection to any criminal gangs.

Members of Mexico’s most powerful cartel, Cartel Jalisco New Generation, may have confused the students with members of a rival drug cartel.
Authorities have arrested two suspects in connection with the crime and have issued arrest warrants for six others, all are believed to be part of a cell of Cartel Jalisco New Generation. The students’ deaths became the latest example of violence in a country that has marked its deadliest year in modern history, with more than 25,300 homicides.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Hells Angels civil-forfeiture trial set to begin in BCSC

More than a decade after British Columbia’s Civil Forfeiture Office moved on a Hells Angels clubhouse in Nanaimo, the trial is finally set to begin. The office, which has netted more than $80-million in property since it opened its doors in 2006, plans to argue the clubhouse − as well as Hells Angels clubhouses in Vancouver and Kelowna that have been added to the case − are likely to be used to commit crimes in the future.

The office has said the Hells Angels have a violent reputation and commit serious offences for their benefit. Lawyers for the Hells Angels are expected to counter that a section of the province’s civil-forfeiture legislation is unconstitutional and the B.C. government has created a new criminal process that lacks the presumption of innocence and the right against self-incrimination.
Of the $82-million in property the office has obtained since it began operations, $37.5-million has been paid out in grants, while $1.6-million has compensated victims.

The remaining $43-million has gone to the office’s operating costs, with approximately two-thirds of that money covering legal bills.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

'Dapper' Danny Hogan

Daniel P. Hogan 1905 Age 22
"Dapper" Danny Hogan (ca. 1880 - December 4, 1928) was a charismatic underworld figure and boss of Saint Paul, Minnesota's Irish Mob during Prohibition. His connections to cops of the deeply corrupt St. Paul Police Department made him hugely rich. Police Chief John "The Big Fellow" O'Connor of Saint Paul allowed criminals to operate in the city as long as they checked in with police, paid a small bribe and promised not to kill, kidnap, or rob within city limits. St. Paul was a safe haven for gangsters from 1900 to 1936 — as long as they conducted their criminal shenanigans elsewhere.

Notorious gangsters like John Dillinger, Al Capone, “Babyface” Nelson, Ma Barker, Alvin Karpis, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow all made Minnesota stops.
On December 4, 1928, Dapper Dan got behind the wheel of his Paige coupe and turned on the ignition. A bomb located beneath the floorboards detonated and blew off his right leg. He slipped into a coma at the hospital and died nine hours after the blast. Although the murder is still considered unsolved, declassified FBI files reveal that the most likely person responsible was Harry Sawyer, Hogan's underboss.