Saturday, July 20, 2019

Cathinones - The Zombie Drug

Cathinones are a family of synthetics better known as bath salts or the zombie drug. Various street names have been used such as krokodil and flakka. It is a stimulant with severe psychoactive effects.
The drug is hallucinogenic and causes panic and intense hysteria. Flakka can be smoked, inhaled, injected, swallowed, even vaped. Users exhibit demonic-like behavior and superhuman strength. Last year the U.S. had a flakka-related incident where a teenager stabbed a couple to death before eating the man’s face. It took four police to apprehend the youth. Users pose a serious danger to themselves and those around them.
Users recall feeling brain-dead and paralyzed. There are reports of people having sometimes fatal heart attacks and strokes. Cases of kidney damage, liver damage and psychosis are common.

The drug is extremely cheap and addictive. It can raise serotonin and dopamine which initially makes users feel good but that fades once the delayed effects take hold. The effects last between three to five hours.
See ----->'Monkey Dust' hits U.K. Streets - MDPHP
See ----->800 pounds of damiana leaves leads to bust - Zombie Drug

$1.4m of cocaine seized from two Edmonton homes

A June 8 seizure included 11 kilograms of cocaine, 84 kilograms of cocaine buffing agent phenacetin, slightly less than a kilo of ketamine and $15,465 in cash. The seizure of cutting agent phenacetin is one of the largest ever in Alberta. Phenacetin was once used as a pain reliever but was discontinued as both a prescription and non-prescription drug in 1973 over concerns it was leading to kidney damage and cancer.

"This amount of buff speaks to the volume of cocaine potentially moving through that residence and ending up on the streets."

Friday, July 19, 2019

Dirty money leads police to Toronto Mafia clan - Project Sindacato

The numbers behind Project Sindacato do the talking: 15 arrests; 27 seized homes worth $24m; 23 high-end cars seized, worth $3.5m; about $1m in cash.

At the large Vaughan home of Angelo Figliomeni, 56, police hauled away two Ferrari sports cars, seized stacks of cash, Rolex watches and bottles of expensive booze, including a $6,500 bottle of Macallan single-malt Scotch. Then they seized the house. Forensic accountants with the Canada Revenue Agency helped follow the money.

CRA accountants even joined the police raids.

Angelo Figliomeni, Emilio Zanutti, Erica Quintal, Francesco Vitucci, Giuseppe Ciurleo, bottom row from left: Nicola Martino, Rafael Lepore, Salvatore Oliveti, Vito Sili. And still being sought by police: Giacomo Cassano.
Along with charges of directing a criminal organization and proceeds of crime, he is charged of defrauding the government and evading taxes.
Figliomeni is alleged to have not claimed $4.5m of income from 2015 to 2017.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

$1b worth of cocaine found on a ship owned by JPMorgan - Update

A ship owned by JP Morgan and operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company was released on Friday, weeks after it was seized in a drug bust that found 20 tons of cocaine. JP Morgan’s asset management arm, which owns the ship, and MSC together paid $50 million in cash and a surety bond to secure its temporary release.

For Mediterranean Shipping Company it was at least the third huge drug bust this year.

The container ship MSC Gayane, financed by JPMorgan, was seized by US customs officials after authorities found nearly 18 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of $1.3b on the vessel. The roughly 39,500 pounds, or 17.9 metric tons of cocaine is about the same weight as three African bull elephants.

The MSC Gayane sailed under the flag of Liberia. It is a popular transit route for smugglers between South America and Europe because of its porous borders.
In May 2018 Algerian officials seized more than 1,500 pounds of cocaine on a Liberian-registered container ship from Brazil. In February of this year, Cape Verde officials found 21,000 pounds of cocaine, with a street value north of $700m, on a Panamanian-flagged vessel. A month later, authorities in Guinea-Bissau notched their biggest-ever cocaine bust when they discovered more than 1,700 pounds of the drug.
See ----->15,000 kg cocaine seized in 2nd largest U.S. bust

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Italian police join FBI in raids on mobsters

Raids in Italy and the US targeted links between the Cosa Nostra and US organized crime. Italian police said 18 people had been arrested in Italy and one in the US. Among those arrested was Thomas Gambino.

Thomas Gambino is taken into custody
The Inzerillo crime family has been trying to rebuild after the 2017 death of its enemy, Boss of Bosses Salvatore "Toto" Riina. His Mafia war in the 1980s forced the Inzerillo family to flee to the US.

It's believed the Inzerillo family is attempting to reclaim its old territory, with the help of allies in New York.

Salvatore “Toto” Riina, the boss of bosses, waves from behind bars in Rome court during a trial in 1993.

El Chapo sentenced to life in prison - ADX Florence looming

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' was sentenced to life in prison plus thirty years at a hearing where he accused the U.S. government of corruption and of torturing him. Prosecutors said that Guzman was “uniquely deserving” of the harsh sentence.

Guzman is likely to serve his time in the “supermax” U.S. prison known as ADX Florence, located in Colorado. It is the highest-security federal prison in the country.
See ----->El Chapo likely going to USP Florence ADMAX

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

‘Hellboy’ earns 4 years for beating Hells Angels associate with a baseball bat

Robert DeRonde, 55, of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club, who goes by the street name 'Hellboy' was sentenced to four years in prison for the brutal beating of a Hells Angels associate at a Newark gas station in 2018.
The victim had just left the Hells Angels’ clubhouse on Clinton Avenue when he stopped for gas. Three men pulled up to the gas station and assaulted him. The Pagan MC have been absorbing members from smaller, independent biker clubs as a way to beef up their numbers. At the same time, the Pagan’s have started wearing patches that say 'East Coast' instead of a local chapter location.

Pagan national President is the jailed Keith “Conan” Richter out of Long Island.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Hells Angels Damiano DiPopolo and the DeCotiis family - Repost

Brandon Vito Hughes was 28 when he was shot and killed on July 23, 2009.
It will be 10 years since Hughes' murder next week.

After coming home from a night out at Vancouver's Celebration of Light fireworks show, 28-year-old Brandon Vito Hughes was gunned down outside his North Vancouver home. His father, Kevin Hughes, heard the commotion and ran out to the front gate. He tried in vain to save his son but in the early morning hours of July 23, 2009 Brandon Vito Hughes was pronounced dead in hospital. Five years later, the Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team issued a public plea for information about the shooting.

"The investigation remains open and active," said Sgt. Adam MacIntosh. "Time and distance can be a factor in our favour in historical investigations. There are people out there who know what happened and we need them to come forward."

Police are urging anyone with information to call IHIT at 1-877-551-4448, email, or submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Rocco Dipopolo
Donato De Cotiis said a number of threats had been made against him and other family members, including Hughes, because of a long-running family feud. Donato De Cotiis said he was warned that people linked to the Hells Angels had been hired "to assault, threaten and/or intimidate" him.

Don De Cotiis, Hayley Winter, Ivano De Cotiis.

Damiano Dipopolo
[18] At some point, on a date which was not clear in the evidence, Mr. Dipopolo won $80,000 in a lottery. He gave his twin brother $30,000 as a gift.

[48] At some point, Mr. Dipopolo acquired a one-third interest in a company called Liquid Zoo Holdings Ltd. On August 23, 2005, Mr. Dipopolo, together with the two other shareholders in Liquid Zoo Holdings Ltd., Messrs. Bruneau and Raffael, signed a promissory note for $350,000 payable to Amacon Management.

[62] Liquid Zoo Holdings executed a mortgage dated May 12, 2006, in favour of Amacon for the amount of $650,000. However, this mortgage was not registered until more than one year later, on August 10, 2007. Mr. Dipopolo appeared to consider the mortgage to be further security for Amacon's $350,000 loan to the three Liquid Zoo Holdings shareholders made about one year earlier, in August 2005.
"Amacon's $500,000 loan to Mr. Dipopolo;"

Marcello DeCotiis and his sister, Lilliana
Lilliana De Cotiis runs the hospitality division of real estate developer Amacon, which she co-owns with eldest sibling Teresa and older brothers Donato, Luca and Marcello. Siblings have input on all aspects of Amacon's corporate operations. De Cotiis and her siblings named their company Amacon, after late father Amalio and mother Concetta.

Amalio was part of the first generation of De Cotiises to arrive in Vancouver. He came with parents Donato and Teresa and three sisters as well as brothers Marcangelo, Inno, Vito and Michael in a staggered migration.

Damiano DiPopolo
Eldest brother Marcangelo eventually had a falling out with his brothers that was serious enough to devolve into legal action. Vito died in his 30s. Inno created his own real estate development company and named it by spelling his own name backwards: Onni.

Youngest brother Michael then founded and still runs Pinnacle International.
Dec. 11, 2005. Vancouver Province A long-running feud in a family whose name is tied to some of Vancouver's biggest real-estate developments has once again spilled into B.C. Supreme Court.

This time, it comes complete with allegations of threats, assaults, intimidation - and even of a contract to kill a family member. In an unusual civil suit, Donato De Cotiis, 44, is seeking a court injunction and damages to protect himself from eight family members named in a statement of claim.

The suit alleges that the eight De Cotiis family defendants "have engaged, hired or employed the defendants Rocco Dipopolo and Damiano Dipopolo to assault, threaten and/or intimidate the plaintiff as an integral part of efforts to intimidate the plaintiff, to interfere in the business, commercial and leisure activities of the plaintiff and to injure the plaintiff." Chow confirmed that police investigated an incident between Donato De Cotiis and the Dipopolos. No charges were laid.

In February 2003, Paolo De Cotiis approached Brandon Hughes, the nephew of Donato De Cotiis, at a nightclub on Granville, and threatened "to get" his family.
Sunday, July 26, 2009. The targeted murder of 28-year-old Brandon Vito Hughes in North Vancouver last week was preceded by a tense family feud that included an alleged death threat within the De Cotiis clan, who are connected to massive real-estate developments in the Lower Mainland.

Hughes was found gravely wounded outside 1956 Jones Ave. in North Vancouver. Hughes is grandson of the late construction mogul Marcangelo De Cotiis, whose widow, Addolorata De Cotiis, owns the home at 1956 Jones Ave. Siblings of the De Cotiis family own Onni Group, Pinnacle International and Amacon.

Brandon Vito Hughes
August 6th, 2010. B.C. Court of Appeal issues ruling in De Cotiis family feud. Donato De Cotiis's lawsuit against companies controlled by his uncles Amalio, Inno, and Mike was dismissed. Donato De Cotiis's deceased father Marcangelo, a construction magnate, was also listed as a plaintiff.

"This dispute is only part of a larger family feud that unfolded against a backdrop of profitable corporations and partnerships," Newbury wrote in the court's reasons for judgment. This lawsuit was a spinoff of another major dispute, which was addressed in a 1995 B.C. Supreme Court decision.

384kg cocaine found in loader in Oz.

Australian border officials have cracked a major drug-smuggling case involving a piece of construction equipment stuffed with 384 kilograms of cocaine. The cocaine was concealed inside the hydraulic arm of a second-hand excavator. Border officials spotted the drugs using a routine X-ray check at a port in Sydney in June.

Adam Hunter, 33, and Timothy Engstrom, 34, were arrested in connection with the case. Both men have been charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.

Adelaide HA clubhouse sold

The Clarence Gardens property, with its heavily fortified front fence, was home to the gang’s Adelaide southern chapter for several years. The property includes a gym and a workshop and is expected to bring $550k aud.

The property has been somewhat “de-bikied” but several nods to its owners remain. The marketing spiel dubs the former clubhouse as an “exceptional commercial zone property” with a “ton of appeal”.
The clubhouse became unusable for the Hells Angels since the South Australian government introduced strict anti-bikie legislation in August 2015.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

BCSC Class Action Lawsuit filed against BridgeMark

An action was commenced in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on July 11, 2019 (Tietz and Loewen v. Bridgemark Financial Corp. et al.) The action was brought under the B.C. Class Proceedings Act. First to issue news is SpeakEasy Cannabis Club Ltd. (EASY.c)
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