Monday, March 1, 2021

Huge Bay Area bust of Sinaloa Cartel

Cops in Northern California confiscated more than 1,000 pounds of meth, 500 grams of fentanyl, 20 pounds of cocaine, 20 pounds of heroin, dozens of firearms and more than $200k in cash.
“We have successfully put a hurting to the Sinaloa drug cartel,” said the DEA. Agents tracked the transportation of drugs from Mexico across the border up to the Bay Area. They also followed the flow of firearms, including grenade launchers and sniper rifles, procured in the U.S. across the border into Mexico.

Of the 44 busted, 19 are in custody, 13 were detained and released, and 12 are at large. One of the largest meth seizures in Northern California, the investigation was dubbed Operation Burnt Orange.

David Gentile, Scientologist owner of GPB Capital Holdings

The US Securities and Exchange Commission charged GPB Capital Holdings and three executives with defrauding over 17,000 retail investors in a Ponzi scheme that raised over $1.7bn. David Gentile, CEO, Jeffry Schneider and Jeffrey Lash are accused of falsifying financial statements and creating back-dated performance guarantees to show income that did not exist.
Investor funds were spent on private planes, luxury vacations and millions funneled into personal and family bank accounts. Gentile bought a Ferrari with investor funds.
Scientologist-owned GPB Capital Holding’s former Chief Compliance Officer Michael Cohn is on trial. While working as an examiner in the compliance section of the SEC, Cohn leaked details of the criminal investigation to GPB’s executives, including Scientologist David Gentile.
Between 2017 and 2019, companies controlled by members of Scientology bought about 100 downtown Tampa Bay properties for $103m. Where the cash came from isn't clear.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Phoenix family finds 5,000 fentanyl pills inside daughter's thrift store toy

Parents purchased a glow worm at a thrift store in El Mirage for their daughter and found a sandwich bag with over 5,000 pills of fentanyl inside.

Mobster Peter 'the dumb don' Gotti dead

Mobster Peter Gotti was sentenced to 25 years in prison after his 2003 conviction on racketeering and other charges. He took control of the Gambino crime organization after his mob boss brother, John Gotti, was locked up. Peter Gotti was 81 years old when he died at a Federal Medical Center prison. He was twice denied compassionate release.
The 'Teflon Don' John Gotti was caged in 1993, and his son John Gotti Jr. took over the reins of the crime family until 1999 when he too was jailed. The mantle then fell to Peter Gotti whose own brothers were reluctant to have him become a made man because of his lack of intelligence. Even as a child Peter Gotti was considered stupid, and that reputation grew as the years passed.

He served 17 years of his 25-year racketeering sentence. His lawyer says he's dying. Gotti reportedly suffers from an enlarged prostate, gastric reflux and early onset dementia.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

11 killed in narco violence in southwest Colombia

11 people died in 4 locations due to a conflict between “Frente Oliver Sinisterra” (FOS) and “Los Contadores” over control of the coastal municipality in the Nariño province. The Contadores and the FOS have been at war over drug trafficking routes and illegal mining operations in Nariño since 2018. Los Contadores is a drug trafficking group founded by arrested drug lord “Contador” and made up of former FARC guerrillas and former AUC paramilitaries.
Captured drug lord “Contador”

FOS leader “El Gringo”
With the support of the Sinaloa Cartel, FOS took control over Colombia’s border with Ecuador, which is a major drug trafficking route to ports.
The Frente Oliver Siniterra split from the FARC in late 2016.

Ontario bureaucrat Sanjay Madan in $21m+ fraud

Sons of Sanjay Madan are each suing Ontario for $1m in “psychological” damages. Chinmaya Madan, 27, and Ujjawal Madan, 24, claim the government’s “allegation of conspiracy” against them is “preposterous” and “has been advanced recklessly and maliciously.” Chinmaya Madan was a product manager who resigned in July 2020 while his brother, Ujjawal Madan, worked under his father. He resigned a month later. The province alleges “some or all of” Madan, his spouse, Shalini, their sons, Chinmaya and Ujjawal, and Madan’s associate Vidhan Singh perpetrated “a massive fraud” exceeding $11 million.
The OPP's anti-rackets branch are investigating. No criminal charges have been laid.
Sanjay Madan was terminated in Nov 2020 from his $176k job as director of the Ministry of Education’s iAccess Solutions Branch after evidence of fraud surfaced.

He registered a company in Panama called Newgen Ventures Inc. That company owns millions in real estate, all of which was listed for sale. His assets include a seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom house in North York, six Toronto condominiums, and more than $1m from the sale of another home. Madan attempted to have an asset freeze lifted, claiming he couldn't afford a lawyer. That request was denied.
Madan holds Canadian and Indian passports as well as permanent residency status in Panama, a tax haven with no extradition treaty with Canada. Most recently his lawyer claims he has mental issues.
Sanjay Madan also received $10m in secret commissions for steering government contracts to companies he or Vidhan Singh controlled. Madan, who also goes by Sadanand Madan, and his family opened more than 400 accounts at the Bank of Montreal. They deposited more than 10,000 cheques made out to fictitious people with non-existent children under the Covid support program.

Ex-DEA supplied cartel with assault rifles

Joseph Michael Gill was a supervisor at the DEA, tasked with rooting out drug traffickers. Instead he helped arm them during his 645 sales on Gill bought three high-powered assault rifles from a gun shop in Lexington and sold them to members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Gill sold Colt M4LE rifles, which fire high-velocity rounds that can rip through cops' protective vests. Gill blamed Homeland Security Investigations for what he considers his unfair prosecution. At least 70% of weapons seized in Mexico were made in or came through America.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Pagans Boss nailed on gun charges

Keith Richter, 62, was returning home from a Pagans party in Lancaster, PA when he was stopped. Cops found him carrying a loaded .45-caliber Ruger P345 handgun. Richter went to prison in 1988 for racketeering murder conspiracy. He was released in 2012 and took control of the Pagans six years later.
With about 900 Pagans across 12 states, the club is growing. The Pagans have 17 chapters across New Jersey, up from 10 just 5 years ago. Richter has boosted membership by absorbing smaller, local gangs into the Pagans.

Europe’s largest cocaine bust - 23 tonnes

More than 50,700 pounds of cocaine has been seized by German and Belgian authorities. The bust is being hailed as one of the largest single seizures in the world.
Germany, after receiving a tip from their Dutch colleagues, found 35,658 pounds of the drug hidden in 1,700 cans of construction putty.
On Saturday, Belgian cops discovered another 15,873 pounds of cocaine.

USP Florence ADMAX

Drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán will spend the rest of his life in prison. Guzmán escaped twice from maximum security prisons in Mexico. He won't be escaping from USP Florence ADMAX, a “supermax” penitentiary in Arizona. He is searched, shackled, and escorted by multiple officers every time he enters and leaves his soundproof cell, which is 7 feet by 12 feet. He is confined 23 hours per day.
Everything is about control. A single window 42 inches high and 4 inches wide allows some natural light but is made so prisoners cannot see beyond the building. Cells have unmovable stools and desks made of concrete. Solid walls prevent prisoners from seeing other cells or having contact with other inmates.
A recreation hour is allowed in an outdoor cage only slightly larger than the cell. Inside the cage, only the sky is visible.
Guzmán will be assigned to the Special Security Unit, also called the H-Unit. These cells are reserved for inmates with DOJ-imposed Special Administrative Measures intended to strictly limit all communications with the outside world.

As soon as they come through the door ... you see it in their faces," former ADX warden Robert Hood said. "The Supermax is life after death, it's long term, it's worse than death."

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Guatemala Narco Jets

A jet filled with cocaine landed on a rough strip in Guatemala on Jan 27, 2020. The Guatemalan military recovered 1,700 kg of drugs in Laguna del Tigre National Park. More than 40 narco aircraft have been intercepted in Guatemala this year. The plane made news when it was flown out again by a Guatalmalan Air Force pilot. The narco-jet was a Hawker Siddeley HS 125/Hawker 800—an aircraft known for its hardy airframe and landing gear.
“We are talking about an industry that has enough money to abandon million-dollar planes in the jungle,” Guatemalan Army Col. Juan de la Paz said.Air routes have proven difficult to block. Enforcement in Guatemala’s remote corners is almost nonexistent.
“Their resources are infinite, and we are just trying to keep up.” 90% of the cocaine consumed in the US transits through Guatemala. Airstrips are being cut into Laguna Del Tire National Park to land jets of cocaine. Jets can carry more than $100m worth of cocaine. Submarines and go fast boats through the Pacific have been under pressure from U.S. Coast Guard vessels. Cocaine-filled jets once flew to Mexico and Honduras, until those countries developed aerial interdiction teams. Guatemala's National Park has no such dangers.
See ----->Mexican military opens fire on cartel plane carrying drugs
See ----->Narco plane lands on Mexican highway in Quintana Roo

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ arrested

The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested in the U.S. and accused of helping her husband run his multibillion-dollar cartel. Emma Coronel Aispuro was arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico. Coronel was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana.

She faces up to 10 years in jail.
The DoJ accuse her of helping her husband escape from a Mexican prison in 2015.

Toronto Mafia case collapses - Project Sindacato

Angelo Figliomeni
Project Sindacato resulted in charges against nine people in Canada. All charges have been dropped as it was revealed investigators listened in on solicitor/client conversations. Lawyers alleged unlawful and illegal conduct by both York Regional Police officers and by members of the Canada Revenue Agency. All property seized by police must now be returned.
The numbers behind Project Sindacato: 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 Ferraris, 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 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 Giacomo Cassano.
Charges include directing a criminal organization and proceeds of crime.
Figliomeni is alleged to have not claimed $4.5m of income from 2015 to 2017.