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

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

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

7 years in the Big House for HA Douglas Leedham

54-year-old full patch Douglas Leedham in Rhode Island was sentenced to 7 years in prison for drug trafficking.
Leedham agreed to plead guilty to intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Video from June showed cops raiding the clubhouse in Providence. That was unrelated to the Leedham case. Three Hells Angels including the president were arrested that day after an investigation into a shooting.

‘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

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)
Website https://www.bridgemarkclassaction.com/
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Nazo Gaprindashvili - vor v zakone

In rural Schoharie County, Jerry and Patricia Gauthier knew her as "Anna," an invaluable and trusted home health aide. In Brooklyn, Nazo Gaprindashvili carried another identity – high-level associate of the Russian mob.

Gaprindashvili, 34, a native of the Republic of Georgia, was a confidante of Razhden Shulaya, who federal prosecutors identified as one of the most powerful Russian organized crime bosses in and around New York City. Shulaya, 41, a "vor v zakone," or "vor" - which stands for thief-in-law, an elite level of Russian criminal the equivalent of a mafia boss - was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Gaprindashvili pleaded guilty to racketeering and was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison. She helped shake down restaurants, scammed casinos and allowed her Brooklyn apartment to be used for gambling.

In Schoharie County, she stole $500,000 from the family that took her in. In June 2017, the FBI and federal prosecutors busted more than two dozen members of the 'Shulaya Enterprise'. Prosecutors said the syndicate's tentacles spread from Brighton Beach to Florida to Las Vegas.

Gaprindashvili used money she stole to pay for an attorney for Shulaya crew member Avtandil Khurtsidze, a Georgian professional boxer. He received 10 years.
See ----->Trial begins for Mob linked boxer dubbed ‘Mini Mike Tyson’