Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Mafia orders hit on Pocho the dog

Pocho the nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier is a key target of the Neapolitan Camorra, one of the largest and oldest Mafia families in the world. Pocho has sniffed out more than two tonnes of illegal substances during his career with the Naples police. The k9 is one of the “greatest threats” to the mobsters’ drug trafficking operations. Pocho has deprived them of millions.
The Camorra left poisoned bait for him and has reportedly attempted to protect its drug stashes by placing female dogs nearby. Following the failure of those ploys, the gangsters are now offering a €5,000 bounty.

Ponzi trial of former talk-radio star Craig Carton - Convicted

Former WFAN morning show host Craig Carton was found guilty on all fraud charges he faced in connection to a Ponzi ticket brokering scam. Carton could face as much as 45 years in prison at sentencing. The money he stole went to pay personal expenses, including his large gambling loans. Carton blew big bucks at casinos -- even borrowing money from loan sharks to fund casino trips.

His defense admitted in closing arguments that he had lied to investors about how their money would be used.

Carton had maintained complete innocence leading into the trial, arguing that it was not a crime as long as he intended to eventually refund the money.
Former sports talk-radio star Craig Carton used his high-profile position to get people to invest with him and then cheated them, prosecutors said. Carton, the longtime host of a morning drive-time talk show with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, was charged last year with using false statements to raise $4m from investors.

Carton ran up millions in losses with two casinos, plus a debt of $825,000. According to authorities, Carton and co-defendant Michael Wright ripped off investors of as much as $4.6m in the Ponzi scheme.
"I'm not pleading to anything because I firmly believe that when the facts come out you'll see that I was running a legitimate legal business. I think my case stands up on its own merit." said Carton.

Oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev jailed in Monaco - Update

Prosecutors have been investigating whether Rybolovlev sought to influence law enforcement officials in his long-running dispute with Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier. The Russian billionaire alleges Bouvier swindled him out of $1bn by overcharging him on 38 pieces of art he purchased over a 10-year period. He is suing his former art adviser in Monaco, Singapore and Switzerland. Bouvier has denied wrongdoing. Ryboloblev has also sued Sotheby’s for $380m, alleging the auction house helped Bouvier defraud him.

The feud between Rybolovlev and Bouvier led to the resignation of the head of Monaco’s judicial services after connections between Rybolovlev and justice officials were revealed. In 2017, Rybolovlev sold Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Christ, Salvator Mundi, for $450m at Christie’s, making it the most expensive painting ever sold.
Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, who resides in Monaco, was taken into police custody on Tuesday. His detention is reportedly connected to an investigation into “corruption” and “influence peddling.” According to Forbes, Rybolovlev is worth about $6.8 billion. He made most of his fortune from the Russian fertilizer producer Uralkali.

The oligarch reportedly paid Trump $95 million for a Palm Beach mansion in 2008, which is twice what Trump first bought the property for in 2004.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Whitey Bulger dead at 89

Wheelchair bound Bulger was serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2013 of a string of gangland crimes in the 1970s and 80s, including participating in 11 murders. He was one of the hardest and cruelest gangsters that ever operated in the Boston area.

Reports say three men with mafia ties wheeled him away from security cameras and beat him with a lock in a sock and tried to gouge out his eyes.

Jeffrey Cameron busted with 18kg Cocaine in Cornwall

Cops observed an exchange of a duffle bag between a vessel and an occupant of a black SUV. The driver failed to stop and fled the area. The SUV was found a short time later and the driver, identified as Jeffrey Cameron, 47, of Cornwall was arrested for dangerous driving and flight from police. Cops searched the SUV and found 16 bricks of cocaine weighing just over 18 kilograms.

HA Michael Gallant busted at clubhouse with oxycodone

Niagara police were called to Garner Road south of McLeod Road to what police say is a Hells Angels clubhouse. Michael Gallant, 24, is charged with mischief under $5,000, possession for trafficking, and assault.

Cops arrested Gallant after seizing a large quantity of suspected oxycodone. He was under the influence of "an intoxicating substance" and was taken to hospital. He was to appear in court in St. Catharines for a bail hearing.
This is all bad for the club. For some time the HA has distanced itself from trafficking fentanyls. That reputation is in jeopardy.

It is also frowned upon to bring disgrace to a clubhouse, something Gallant apparently did with gusto. To some, this 24 year-old ought not be wearing the patch at all.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Dave 'Shaky' Atwell - HA police informer

Between 2005 and 2007, Dave 'Shaky' Atwell acted as a police informer, “ratting” on his fellow members of the Hells Angels in downtown Toronto. Wearing a wire, he gathered evidence that helped convict 15 men, mostly on drug trafficking charges. Atwell became a sergeant-at-arms of the Angels’ downtown Toronto chapter.
He became one of the highest-ranking members in the world to co-operate with the law.
His information lead to 169 charges against 31 people linked to the Hells Angels, as well as the seizure of $3 million in drugs, cash and property. Atwell, now 52, is living under a different name and says those who were convicted are now out of jail. His book is entitled "The Hard Way Out: My Life with the Hells Angels and Why I Turned Against Them."

Atwell knows that the people he betrayed may still have an eye out for him but that the club has likely moved on and are focused on money.

Atwell was paid handsomely for working with the cops. In total, he netted about $450,000.

Leuze-en-Hainaut residents not overjoyed with HA clubhouse - Update

Leuze-en-Hainaut is in Belgium. It is home to a new chapter of the Hells Angels, opened 6 months ago. Residents in the area have complained of the noise and increased sense of insecurity. All prefer not to be identified.

They complain of motorcycles at 2:00am and how the gang arrives in convoy, slamming doors and shouting. When approached they hurl obscenities and threats.

About a thousand people including 450 Hells Angels attended the funeral of Nyssen.
A trial for some 10 gangsters has concluded in Liège. 70 policemen were posted to Liege for the murder trial of victim Jean-François Nyssen. The Hells Angel died after being stabbed several times in the throat. 'Frédéric D' rode with Mongols and Black Pistons to Oupeye to attack the Hells Angels. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail. The Outlaws have a strong presence in Belgium.
The Hells Angels have eight chapters in Belgium. The first was created in 1997 in Ghent.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Georgian Criminals flood Europe as 'asylum seekers'

In 2016, the EU and Georgia entered into a visa waiver agreement, and Georgians may now reside for up to 90 days at a time within the Schengen area without a visa. Since then, several countries have experienced a sharp increase in the number of asylum seekers from the former Soviet republic.
Danish police found a four-fold rise in Georgian asylum seekers was followed by a five-fold increase in crimes committed by Georgians. Police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia warned this winter of a steadily increasing number of Georgian asylum seekers, who simply used the waiting period in the asylum system to commit crime in Germany.
A shadow economy, nepotism, and extreme corruption have always existed in Georgia. It is not a coincidence that Georgians constitute the majority of all thieves-in-law in the world.

Partners in crime: Insta-Famous Bikie couple walk

Former Hells Angel bikie Benjamin Geppert faced Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland for breaching his parole when he failed a drug screen. Police arrived at the 26-year-old's home at 9.30am with a return to prison warrant for his parole breach. Geppert fled the home after seeing his partner Allaina Vader speaking with police at their front door.

He then jumped over a balcony, ran through parklands, scaled a 2m fence, ran through a KFC carpark and into the Robina Town Centre where he hid under a car. Geppert had been banned from the shopping centre for five years. He was sentenced to six months behind bars, wholly suspended.
His partner Allaina Jones, (Allaina Vader) savagely beat another driver on a Gold Coast traffic island this year. Jones' BMW had swerved around a Honda CRV and crossed into the bike lane. Jones pleaded guilty to six charges including common assault, drug possession and traffic offences. She was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay $1000 to the victim.
See ----->Insta-Famous bikie Ben 'Notorious' Geppert blows a kiss after release

Saturday, October 27, 2018

No "Italian cafés" for Jonathan Mignacca - Parole Board

In the end he was left with a prison term of six years and seven months.Jonathan Mignacca, 33, appeared before the Parole Board of Canada last week. In September 2011, Raynald Desjardins and Mignacca’s cars were parked in a way that allowed them to talk to each other while still in their vehicles. A hitman emerged from a nearby wooded area and opened fire on both vehicles using an AK-47. Mignacca discharged a Glock pistol in reply, while Desjardins fled. One of the bullets fired by Mignacca during the exchange struck a Laval city bus that happened to be passing by.
In December 2016, Desjardins pleaded guilty to plotting to kill Salvatore Montagna and was sentenced to a 14-year prison term.His release comes with conditions, including one that forbids him from “Italian cafés” — namely the hangouts for organized crime figures. According to the summary, Mignacca “fully understand(s) what is meant by Italian cafés.”
Raynald Desjardins's BMW after the 2011 shooting.

Meth Lab bust in Enderby

It’s been a week since police first arrived on rural Trinity Valley Road near Enderby, B.C. The usually quiet area has been overrun by cops. Nothing has been released but most suspect a Meth lab is being dismantled.
In May 2014 the same Trinity Valley Road property was busted with a meth lab. 6 were arrested.

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Glasgow Smile

'Sons of Anarchy' actor Tommy Flanagan was given a Glasgow smile when he was attacked outside a bar in Scotland.A Glasgow smile is a wound caused by making a cut from the corners of a victim's mouth up to the ears, leaving a scar in the shape of a smile. It leaves a scar which causes the victim to appear to be smiling broadly.
It is usually performed with a utility knife or a piece of broken glass. The practice is said to have originated in Glasgow, Scotland in the 1920s and '30s.

Cocaine overdoses up 22% in US, UK

Overdose deaths from cocaine rose 22 percent from a year earlier to 14,205, according to data from the CDC. U.S. deaths from cocaine have increased by more than 250% since the beginning of 2015.

The trend is similar in the UK.
Cocaine purity has risen steadily with production while prices have fallen. The EU says the purity of street-level cocaine is at its highest levels ever.

Crack carries a high risk of death as addicts often push cardiovascular and respiratory systems to collapse.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Former Hells Angels Richard 'Dick' Mayrand's 'quiet life'

The Parole Board of Canada praised former elite Nomads Hells Angels Richard Mayrand's "considerable" progress and efforts. It noted he has been "without incident" for three years. He will no longer need to disclose his personal finances to the federal correctional service, which is one of the conditions he had to comply with since serving the last third of his sentence in the community. Mayrand led the powerful Nomads when Maurice 'Mom' Boucher was arrested in December 1997 for the murders of two correctional officers.

He was one of the influential HA who negotiated a truce with the Rock Machine and Bandidos in December 2000. It ended a biker war that killed more than 150 people in six years in Quebec.
August 5, 2000. From left to right top: Michel Rose (22 years), Donald 'Pup' Stockford (20 years), Gilles 'Trooper' Mathieu (20 years), Richard 'Dick' Mayrand (22 years), Denis Houle (20 years), David 'Wolf' Carroll (not arrested). From left to right bottom: Walter 'Nurget' Stadnick (20 years), René Charlébois (20 years), Normand Robitaille (21 years), Maurice 'Mom' Boucher (Life)
In 2004, he was sentenced to 22 years in jail for conspiracy to murder, drug trafficking and gangsterism. Mayrand left the Hells Angels on good terms in 2009, 25 years after refusing to turn his back on them when they killed his older brother Michel in the infamous 1985 Lennoxville massacre.
It's said he turned to religion and philosophy while incarcerated. He volunteers with aid agencies for the poor.