Wednesday, July 31, 2019

USCG seizes 13 tons of Cocaine

The U.S. Coast Guard recorded a video of a frantic boat crew desperately dumping huge bags of cocaine into the sea during a high-speed chase in the eastern Pacific earlier this month. That operation and a series of others netted 26,000 pounds of cocaine valued at $350 million

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Snow globes from Canada contained $1m of liquid Meth

Australian police say about $1m worth of meth was found hidden as the liquid in souvenir snow globes sent from Canada.

Australian Border Force officers in Sydney stopped the load at the border in a shipment of 15 snow globes that arrived by air. The shipment was X-rayed. The liquid inside was field-tested and gave a positive result for methamphetamine. All told, there was 7.5 litres of liquid methamphetamine.
It is unknown whether the fact many of the snow globes coming from Canada featured statues of llamas and saguaro cactus aroused suspicion in the cops.

Friday, July 26, 2019

$10m drug bust sees 11 charged, including 2 Sunwing Airlines employees

Two employees with Sunwing Airlines are among 11 charged in a drug bust in Ontario. 40 charges have been laid. Cops seized 10 kg of fentanyl, 1.3 kg of heroin, one kg of methamphetamine, and 30 kg of pot. The street value is estimated to be $10m. Also seized was $400k in cash and three high end vehicles.
The two Sunwing Airlines employees working at Toronto Pearson International Airport were charged with attempting to import cocaine and trafficking cocaine. Derrick Isreal Shand, Verlon Winston Peters, Tim Adam Lodge, Brittany Michelle Crozier, Courtenay Elizabeth Doolittle, Andrej Marek Krawczyk, Gianni Ballestrin, Clint McInnis, Jameal McInnis, Michael Brutto and Jehan Carvalho were all arrested and are facing various charges.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Fentanyl dealer McCulloch pulls 10 years

Leslie McCulloch pleaded guilty to production of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking in February of 2017. He tried to take back his plea, then jumped bail and went on the run for three months. McCulloch was sentenced to 10 years, minus 671 days for pre-sentence custody. The judge did not consider rehabilitation as a possibility for McCulloch. McCulloch had been using an analogue of fentanyl called acetylfentanyl as the active ingredient in his pills. The purity of the powder and pills analyzed ranged from 1.2% to 3.1% acetylfentanyl.In parole documents, he was described as a “middleman who transported drugs for the Hell's Angels.”
At the time of his arrest, McCulloch was on parole after serving a 4.5-year sentence for trafficking cocaine.

See ----->Fentanyl dealer Leslie McCulloch runs no more - busted
See ----->Sentencing date FINALLY set for fentanyl producer Leslie McCulloch

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Oz man crashes van with $200m of meth into police cars

The driver of a Toyota HiAce van is facing charges of negligent driving and large commercial drug supply after he hit parked police cruisers while transporting as much as $200m worth of crystal meth in Sydney.

The incident unfolded just after 10:30 a.m., when the van hit vehicles belonging to the New South Wales Police right in front of the Eastwood Police Station.

Hells Angels Damiano DiPopolo and the DeCotiis family

Brandon Vito Hughes was 28 when he was shot and killed on July 23, 2009.
Today is the 10 year anniversary of the murder of Brandon Vito Hughes.

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 favor 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, IHIT File # 2009-6580, 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.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Career mobster 'Pudgy' begs for health mercy in embezzlement case

Admitted union fraudster John "Pudgy" Matassa, 68, pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from the Independent Union of Amalgamated Workers Local 711 where he was secretary-treasurer.

Considered the highest-ranking made member of the Chicago Outfit to go down in federal court in a decade, Pudgy says prison would be hazardous to his health.
Matassa's plea for no prison time doesn't come close to the government's sentencing request, which includes a minimum 27 months in jail. Matassa, who pledges to repay the union and the Social Security Administration, has filed a request for mercy, almost entirely based on his many medical conditions.
"John's health could be seriously and irrevocably compromised" by imprisonment, according to his court filing. And dangerous, they say: "Other more able-bodied prisoners will be moving faster than John can, increasing the likelihood he will fall and injure himself. And, in the event of an altercation in a prison environment, John will simply be unable to defend himself."

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Thugs rip off 86 year old woman in TO

Cops have released surveillance camera footage of suspects wanted after an 86-year-old woman had a gold chain ripped off her neck while walking with her husband in Toronto. The couple was walking north on Park Road, near Asquith Avenue north of Bloor Street East at 8:10 p.m. on June 12 when three men approached them from behind.

The scumbags are described as black and between 25-30 years old.

Pagan MC Boss Deric McGuire walks after wiretaps tossed

Deric 'Tuna' McGuire is out on home confinement after a judge this week threw out the wiretap investigators used on his phones. Cops wiretapped at least seven different telephones used by McGuire, capturing his recruitment to lead a new Rhode Island chapter of the Pagans outlaw motorcycle gang and documenting his illegal drug operation.
The investigation led to 29 raids in May 2018 and the seizure of drugs and weapons, including a rocket launcher. Fifty people were arrested and charged with crimes. McGuire, 33, faces more than 220 narcotics and weapons charges. Like McGuire, other defendants are also being released after remaining behind bars for more than a year.

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."

BCSC freeze order on BridgeMark properties being challenged

Waterfront home at 2854 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver was purchased by Lisa Jackson and her father Ken Tollstam in November 2018.
Freeze orders under the Securities Act are not made public, but their existence was revealed in a BCSC judicial panel decision on July 16. The court is to determine the constitutionality of the freeze orders.

It is reported that at least one property related to the Bridgemark Group was listed for sale during the investigation. The residence of convicted securities scammer Aly Babu Mawji in West Vancouver was listed for sale in Feb. Anthony Jackson’s wife, realtor Lisa Jackson, sold Mawji’s $ 2.8m residence in a cash transaction to a numbered company.

The BCSC is seeking a permanent ban on Mawji.

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

1926 Harley-Davidson Peashooter

Auction Lot F44, Monterey. From the estate of long time AMA racer and collector. Powered by 1928 H-D race motor, very common with successful race bikes.

Factory built Harley-Davidson racer. Not restored. First year produced. Rare original short frame by Harley. Board track racer. Overhead valve twin port. Barrel valve alcohol carburetor. Equipped with 1928 21 CI engine. Direct drive no brakes.
Harley-Davidson built a pair of new machines with single-cylinder side-valve engines in 1926: the Models A and B. Harley-Davidson's factory-built production racer was known as the Peashooter.

The unrestored machine features a patina from its years of racing, which included a replacement motor in 1928.
There are very few Peashooters left with an as-last-raced finish, meaning a machine in this condition will be desired. Estimate is $70k to $90k.

$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