Saturday, March 28, 2020

Charges dropped against 11 Vagos bikers

A month after eight members of the Vagos MC were acquitted in a long running racketeering trial, federal prosecutors dropped all charges against each of their co-defendants, except one. Local biker John Halgat is still facing drug and gun charges.
See ----->Vagos bikers walk for HA killing

Friday, March 27, 2020

COVID-19 by the numbers

A Biden Super Pac has released an ad which Trump is fighting with cease and desist letters. It’s about his 'response' to the coronavirus.

The video juxtaposes a number of Trump’s statements underplaying the seriousness of the pandemic next to a chart showing the rising number of US cases of Covid-19. America now leads the world with 104,142 cases and they are rising faster nowhere else on earth.

Recidivist ponzi scammer wants out of jail to tend elderly mother

Wayne R. Ogden, 55 cheated hundreds of investors of an estimated $18.6m in three Ponzi schemes. He wants release early due to “compassionate, extraordinary circumstances.” Ogden’s 81-year-old ailing mother has no one else to care for her he says.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons denied Ogden’s early release request, saying he didn't meet agency criteria. Ogden is turning to Trump's First Step Act to get outta the can.

When Ogden was sentenced in 2013, prosecutors were certain he would re-offend when he was released.
“The public at least will get a 10-year break from a remorseless, conscienceless serial thief.” Ogden has been ordered to pay $18.6 million in restitution.

Thunder Bay HA clubhouse coming down?

The building next to the clubhouse in Thunder Bay has been leveled. The structures were severely damaged by fire and resulting water damage.
No arrests have been made in the arson from 2019, even though a suspect was caught on video.
See ----->Thunder Bay HA clubhouse up in smoke

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Bikini model girlfriend and a Rolls-Royce to life in jail - Darren John Mohr

Darren John Mohr, 46, has been found guilty of conspiring to import cocaine into Australia. He was charged over a plot to ship half a tonne of cocaine into Australia in 2016. The happy couple are pictured in designer garb in front of a Rolls Royce just before Mohr got busted. He wears a Hubolt wrapped around his wrist which retails at around $17k while the little woman wore a diamond-encrusted Rolex believed to be worth more than $45k.
Mohr claimed innocence and ignorance while he was unaware of the real reason for the boat's voyage.
Eleven jurors deliberated for more than a day before returning a verdict. Since the bust, others have pleaded guilty to the plot and are currently serving long prison sentences. The two lovebirds split about 3 months after the bust. Mohr bragged about his high living lifestyle on social media. He claimed to be unemployed in court.

Quebec rapper 'Die-On' back to face the music

After more than four years on the run Christian Dionne, 36, aka 'Die-On' is back to face charges after a major drug bust. His warrant was out since a police strike carried out in the fall of 2015. Dionne returned from Colombia the same day that the Quebec government declared a health emergency, March 13. He will be held in solitary confinement for 14 days. The bust resulted in the arrest of a dozen people who were selling cocaine, pot and meth in the greater Quebec City area.

Police said the operation was tied to the Hells Angels.
Traffickers received sentences ranging from a few months to up to five years in prison.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Ad on Kijiji opened door for Hells Angels bust

Mark David Heickert
Operation Harley began with Paul Francis Monahan, 63, a member of the Nomads N.B. Monahan posted an ad on Kijiji selling a Harley Davidson on behalf of a full-patch in London. An undercover cop contacted Monahan.

Talk eventually turned to cocaine, which was available for between $48k to $50k per kilo. Cops were monitoring Monahan’s cellphone and learned his contact was Mark David Heickert, a full-patch in Oshawa.
Heickert met with the buyer each time, receiving $47k for one kilo on the first two occasions and $94k for two kilos in the last transaction. After the last deal, police moved in and arrested Heickert. Monahan's home was raided along with the clubhouse in Musquodoboit Harbour.

Heickert pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic cocaine, conspiracy to possess proceeds of crime and breaching his release conditions by having contact with a member of the HA. He was sentenced to 55 months in prison.

Monahan pleaded guilty last April and is still awaiting sentencing. He is free on $7k bail.
See ----->Hells Angels charged with drug trafficking in Nova Scotia

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Trump decrees Covid-19 danger to be over by Easter

Public health authorities, state governors, and even some of his own administration are pushing back against Trump's professed desire to roll back Covid-19 measures by Easter. Trump said the nation could not afford to continue the lockdowns. Trump's genius runs counter to the advice from health experts and emergency management officials world-wide. Curtailing the preventive measures would cause more harm than good they say, and hundreds of thousands, if not millions, could die.

Trump's rhetoric is influencing his hard core. Jerry Falwell Jr says the 5,000 students at his Liberty University in Lynchburg, Tennessee would be returning soon. It is likely the only university in North America doing so.

Mexican meth mule pulls 8 years

Armando Esparza-Ochoa, 31, was busted on Sept. 1, 2018, after border surveillance detected him crossing the border west of the Osoyoos port of entry. Cops found Ochoa hiding in bushes about two kilometres west of his entry point. A backpack was found nearby containing 12.8 kg of meth.

Esparza-Ochoa was living in the U.S. picking fruit and was offered $2,500 for the drug run. Ochoa was seeking asylum in Canada, claiming he fears retribution. Prosecutors called it ironic Ochoa would be using the very offence he committed to apply for asylum in Canada. ".. you are by no means innocent." the judge told Ochoa through an interpreter. He sentenced Ochoa to eight years. He has been in custody since his arrest so he has about six years left to serve.

The Mexican Mafia

The Mexican Mafia, also known as La Eme (Spanish for "the M"), is a highly organized Mexican American criminal organization in the United States. Despite its name, the Mexican Mafia did not originate in Mexico and is entirely a U.S. criminal organization.

Officials estimate that there are currently around 300 official members of the Mexican Mafia with around 1,000 associates

Black Hand of Death
Members are expected to engage in tests of their loyalty to La eMe, which often includes murder. The penalty for refusing orders or failing to complete an assigned task is often death. Members may also be punished or murdered if they commit any of four major infractions. These include becoming an informant, acts of homosexuality, acts of cowardice, and showing disrespect against fellow gang members.

A member of the Mexican Mafia may not be murdered without prior approval by a vote of three members. The murder of non-members requires no formal approval. La eMe is involved in a large variety of criminal activities both inside and outside the prison system.
La eMe has a blood in, blood out credo: Murder or drawing of blood is a prerequisite for membership and anyone trying to get out will be killed. The Mexican Mafia is the controlling organization for almost every Hispanic gang in Southern California. Members of almost all Hispanic gangs in Southern California are obliged under the threat of death to carry out any and all orders from Mexican Mafia members.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Mob Wives star Drita D'Avanzo walks on gun, drug charges

The raid on the Staten Island home of Drita and Lee D’Avanzo on Dec 20 of last year yielded two loaded guns, several pounds of pot and illicit pain killers. Most of the 17 charges against the couple were dropped after mafioso Lee D’Avanzo pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon by a felon. D’Avanzo served time for bank robbery. He'll be sentenced in July.

The reality TV show Mob Wives was canceled in 2016 after six seasons.

Gangsters Disciples boss Larry Hoover wants out Florence AdMax

Kanye West visited the White House in 2018 and solicited Trump to support legislation allowing inmates convicted of drug crimes to seek reductions of their prison sentences. On West's list was notorious Chicago gangster Larry Hoover. A few months later Trump signed the First Step Act, allowing gangsters to seek shorter prison terms. Two of Hoover’s former lieutenants have been freed. Now Hoover says it's his turn. Hoover, 69, co-founded the gang in the late 1960s. He was sent to state prison in 1973 with a 200-year sentence for murder. It was found Hoover was running his drug network from behind State prison bars.
Sentenced in 1997 to life in federal prison, he’s held in the super-max prison in Florence, Colorado. Hoover’s lawyers say the First Step Act makes him eligible for a new sentencing hearing. A former assistant U.S. attorney who helped prosecute Hoover says it's a “miscarriage of justice” to allow him to benefit from it. If successful and able to escape Florence AdMax, Hoover will be required to serve his remaining state sentence, which runs to 2064.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Drug trafficker Bruno Varin had millions in stolen art

Bruno Varin, 73, was a large independent cocaine dealer, but when he was busted in 2014, he was said to have ties to the Montreal Mafia, the Hells Angels and the West End Gang. Varin was moving 20kg of cocaine each week.

One of the group’s shipments was seized on May 6, 2014 after a pickup truck crossed the Canada-U.S. border. A dog working for Canada Border Services Agency sniffed out 123 kg of cocaine hidden inside the bed of the truck.
Cops learned Varin had hoarded a collection of about 30 paintings and bronze artworks. Some had been reported stolen more than 35 years ago. Stolen art is often used as currency among criminals. Some will accept stolen artworks at 20% of their estimated value. Varin conceded he has been involved in drug trafficking for “between 45 and 50 years.”
Varin plead guilty to eight charges including possession for the purpose of trafficking. He was sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison. Authorities seized three cars and properties owned by Varin, and had him declared owner of a building that was in his daughter’s name.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Narco Subs

With cocaine production at record highs, authorities say the semi-submersible has become the favored tool to smuggle cocaine. 33 semi-submersibles were intercepted in 2019, most of them along Colombia’s Pacific coast. 80% of Colombia’s drug trade moves out through the Pacific, and about 14% sent via the Caribbean. The rest is smuggled across land borders.
Tumaco is situated just north of the border with Ecuador, in Colombia’s southwestern Narino department, which has more land under coca cultivation than anywhere else in the world.

The subs are notoriously difficult for navy patrols or radar to detect.

The subs are built in the labyrinth of mangroves that make up much of Colombia’s Pacific coast.
Most trips are two or three days. The subs are crewed by two to four men. Longer voyages require resupply at sea. Questions about longer trips were answered in Nov when a 22 meter vessel was busted off Spain’s Galician coast carrying 3 tonnes.
The cartels are constantly upping their game. They are using winged torpedo-like tubes known as “parasites” These are fixed to the underside of large ships. A new tactic is a GPS-equipped “buoyed cargo” designed for clandestine recovery at sea.

Rapper Broke Boy Lord hit with trafficking charges

New York rapper 'Broke Boy Lord' (Jamel Brown) and his city school custodian brother were nailed with bulk quantities of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. Cops busted Randolph Brown in his mercedes with $200k of fentanyl outside the Springfield Gardens school where he worked as a janitor.

Friday, March 20, 2020

13 Denver Hells Angels face numerous charges

Top row, from left: Jason P. Sellers, Michael J. Dire, Jared B. Orland, Clinton Williams. Middle row: William “Kelly” Henderson, William “Curly” Whitney, Justin A. Wright, Peter M. Baron. Bottom row: Dominic P. Robichaud, Adam Mulcahy, Jimmy Salazar, Derek A. BesteJoshua O’Bryan regained consciousness on July 12, 2019 inside a tattoo shop in Englewood after being beaten. He was hogtied and bleeding. With members of Denver’s HAMC around him, shop owner Dusty Ullrich blacked out O’Bryan’s 'Death Head' tattoo and scrawled the word 'Bad' as other HA recorded the ritual on their phones. O’Bryan said he was left in a Denver alley while his former brothers stole his tools, motorcycles and cash.

After death threats, O’Bryan told police about what happened, launching an investigation that resulted in 13 full patch facing a mountain of charges. The resulting raids netted wholesale amounts of meth, cocaine, cash and dozens of guns.
See ----->Federal agents raid Hells Angels clubhouse in Denver