Thursday, December 30, 2021

Montreal organized crime - The new normal

Leonardo Rizzuto exits the Bellerose cafe, coffee in hand.
Daniel Renaud of Le Press offers a view of the Montreal underworld. HERE. The price of a kilo of cocaine was around $45k before the pandemic, and peaked at nearly $80k at the height of the health crisis. The price is now said to be around $36k. Relations "have been close" for two years between the Hells Angels and the Mafia. Influential members meet regularly, like a party Dec 10 at the Café Bellerose in Laval.
Hells Angels Martin Robert and Stéphane Plouffe are the two heavyweights in Montreal. Robert is considered the most influential Hells Angel in Quebec. Ontario Hells Angel Rob Barletta, well known to be involved in sports betting, now wears the colors of the Montreal section. Cops say that gang leader Gregory Woolley has returned to the Montreal Chapter's Hells Angels fold. The mafia is unstable and still has no leader. The Sicilian clan, the former Rizzuto clan, is still considered the strongest, but its influence is in steady decline. Street gangsters never disappeared, what is new, cops say, is that their members are younger and have more guns. While at one time the conflicts opposed the Reds and the Blues, today there are quarrels between members of groups of the same allegiance.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Ronald 'Ronnie the Crab' Carabbia dead

Carabbia served 25 years and was released in 2002.
The former head of the Youngstown faction of the Cleveland organized crime family, Ronald 'Ronnie the Crab' Carabbia, has died at 92.
'Ronnie the Crab' is more notorious for being imprisoned in the late 1970s as an accomplice to the 1978 Cleveland car bombing murder of gangster Danny Greene. Star witness and confessed bomber Raymond Ferritto switched his story to later blame Ronald Carabbia for ordering the hit on Greene.
See ----->Danny Greene - The Irishman
See ----->Kevin McTaggart - Danny Greene's former top lieutenant

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 cocaine in Laguna del Tigre National Park. More than 40 narco aircraft have been intercepted in Guatemala this year. Dozens more landed and took off again. This plane made news when it was flown out 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

Saturday, December 25, 2021

UK 'Pablo Escobar' Deamer gets Xmas dinner

They lived in a hillside villa on the edge of Rionegro, Escobar’s home town.
As a key figure in a £354m cocaine ring, Andrew Deamer was used to a gangster’s lifestyle. Dubbed the East Midlands Escobar, his Christmas dinner is in La Picota jail in Bogota. Deamer spent Christmas apart from Colombian wife Marcela Zapaleta and their 10 golden retrievers. They drove a Rolls-Royce.
Deamer disguised cocaine as dog and cat food and shipped it to the UK, mainland Europe and the US. Deamer cut a deal for or a lighter sentence of 14 years and eight months.
See ----->‘Britain’s Escobar’ Andrew Deamer arrested in dawn raid

Thursday, December 23, 2021

HA henchman Boucher-Savard dead - Revisited

Montreal's 35th murder is Charles Boucher-Savard, 35. He died in hospital after being shot multiple times. He was released from a federal pen in September after serving two-thirds of a sentence for stabbing Giuseppe Capobianco of the Luppino family.
Charles-Olivier Boucher-Savard, then 31, was charged with attempted murder after a home invasion of Natale Luppino in 2018, an influential member of the Ontario mafia. Boucher-Savard stabbed Luppino's nephew, Giuseppe Capobianco, four times before the weapon broke. Injured, Capobianco managed to get out of the residence and call police. Boucher-Savard pleaded guilty to one count of assault with bodily harm. In 2014 Boucher-Savard was arrested with henchmen of the Quebec Hells Angels and found guilty of drug trafficking.
Natale Luppino and brother Rocco are influential members of the Luppino-Violi clan in Ontario. Rocco's son Cece Luppino was murdered in January 2019. Nobody has been arrested.

Sources say a conflict over the control of sports betting operations could be the backdrop for many of the attacks.

Mexican Mafia gets it's man - 26 years later

It took 26 years for a Mexican Mafia death sentence to reach Donald Ramon Ortiz. A member of the Mexican Mafia, Ortiz was cast out of the gang in the mid-1990s. Ortiz, they decided, should be killed. For the next 26 years as he cycled through county jails, state prisons and brief periods on the street, he wore a target on his back. Ortiz knew he was a marked man. Authorities knew it too. Whenever they discovered a plot to kill Ortiz or he was attacked in prison, they’d offer to protect him. His answer was the same: I can take care of myself.
On Nov. 19, Chino police were called. A man had walked up to Ortiz and fired a bullet into his head, leaving him to die in the street.
Ortiz was dead by the time cops arrived. A witness told police that a man with a thin build, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing a blue suit jacket, exchanged a few words with Ortiz before shooting him once in the head. It was likely a Mexican Mafia 'camarada', an associate who is not yet a full-fledged member. “When you’re deemed ‘no good’ by the Mexican Mafia, there’s no rehabilitation. There’s no coming back from that.”
See ----->The Mexican Mafia

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Mexican cartels turning to bigger labs

Mexican drug cartels are turning to bigger, more productive labs to churn out increasing quantities of synthetic drugs like meth and fentanyl, according to the Defense Department. There has been a shift by Mexican cartels away from naturally grown drugs like opium and marijuana, where seizures have fallen. Seizures of fentanyl soared 525% in the last three years. Mexican cops seized 1,232 pounds (559 kg) of fentanyl in 2016-2018 and 7,710 pounds (3,497 kg) in 2019-2021. The change was reflected in a drop of more than 50% in the amount of opium poppy fields destroyed in the last three years.
Seizures of methamphetamines, meanwhile, more than doubled. Meth seizures rose from 120,100 pounds (54,521 kg) in 2016-2018 to almost 275,000 pounds (124,735 kg) in the last three years, an increase of 128%. Mexico's synthetic drug boom was illustrated when a trucker from Mexico was arrested after trying to smuggle record-breaking amounts of meth and fentanyl into the U.S. More than 17,500 pounds (7,930 kg) of meth and 389 pounds (176 kg) of fentanyl were discovered hidden inside a tractor-trailer at the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego in November.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Florida drug suspect denies owning dope wrapped around penis

Florida man Patrick Florence denied ownership of baggies containing cocaine and methamphetamine that cops found “wrapped around his penis”. Florence, 34, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped around 4 AM for traveling without headlights or tail lights. The driver, Darius Owens, 27, was subsequently arrested on DUI. A search of the vehicle turned up a handgun under Florence’s seat, leading to his arrest on a pair of felony weapons charges. Florence denied ownership of the .38 Special. The ex-con’s rap sheet includes dozens of felony convictions, which bars him from possessing firearms and ammunition. Questioned about the drugs, Florence stated the package wrapped around his penis was not his.
Florence, who has multiple cocaine convictions, neglected to identify the purported owner of the drugs wrapped around his penis.

SEC wants $52.8m from fraudster Sharp

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has asked for a $52.8m judgment against West Vancouver's Frederick Sharp for the illegal sale of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of stock. The SEC says Sharp, 69, was the mastermind of a massive scheme that was highly egregious, repeated, and intentionally fraudulent. The SEC is also seeking a $23.9m fine. A substantial fine is necessary to deter "such blatant and continuous violations of the law." Five years after Sharp was exposed as a major player in the "Panama Papers" offshore finance scandal, he is now facing prosecution in the US.
He has had his assets frozen by the SEC and has an arrest warrant outstanding. Sharp nicknamed himself "Bond". He is one of six British Columbians charged with violating anti-fraud provisions of the U.S. Securities Act.
Zhiying Gasarch, Courtney Kelln, Mike Veldhuis, Jackson Friesen, Paul Sexton and Avtar Singh Dhillon are others. Sharp's company, Corporate House, created more than 1,200 corporate entities, making him the most significant Canadian player in the Panama Papers leak. Sharp and his cohorts could face up to 20 years in prison, plus five years for the conspiracy charges.
Avtar Dhillon

1.2 tonnes of cocaine lassoed in Kent

Cocaine with a street value of £90m has been found in a banana shipment during a raid at a Kent port. Seven men, including a security guard, were arrested after 100 cops swooped at Sheerness port. The 1.2 tonnes of cocaine seized arrived in the UK from Costa Rica. All seven have been charged with conspiring to import class A drugs.

Monday, December 20, 2021

NZ gangster Dean Noble - Going to prison used to be 'my job'

Notorious former Highway 61 gangster Dean Noble appeared in the Christchurch District Court where a judge said she was confident he can “can make a real go of it this time around”. He was given a slap on the wrist for possession of 99g of methamphetamine for supply, and breaching a protection order by having an air pistol. Its 12 months intensive supervision, along with monitoring and 40 hours of community work. Noble, who has more than 60 convictions, has spent much of his life behind bars. He was released on parole in March 2019 at the age of 51.
Noble said he was determined to take a better path from now on. “For a long time, for years, my job was to come to jail, get sentenced and pretty much [go] through the courts. “But I got my daughter now, and I’m married. Things are different, a little harder, but I am enjoying it. My family means more to me now. I am going to make the most of this that I can.”

Sunday, December 19, 2021

46 kilos of cocaine found on SA beach

No arrests have been made in any of these cases.
46kg cocaine was found washed up on the main beach in Jeffrey's Bay in the Eastern Cape. Earlier this month, 600kg of cocaine was found in a shipping container at Durban Harbour. In Nov, 541kg of cocaine was stolen from Hawks offices in Port Shepstone. The thieves entered through a window and “tampered” with one of the safes in the office.

That load came from a June bust.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Nathan Townsend nailed for witness tampering - Red Scorpions

Townsend is also known as Nathan Pawluck
Nathan Townsend, 26, is one of five men charged in connection with the Oct 2018 death of Troy Gold. Townsend, from jail, contacted or attempted to contact a witness in the case 64 times. Townsend is linked to the Red Scorpions gang and Konaam Shirzad, who was shot to death outside his Kamloops home in Sept 2017.

There have been no arrests.
Gold’s murder was the first in a series of deadly gang-related incidents in the city over a five month period that saw four people killed.
See ----->Cops have “viable suspects” in Konaam Shirzad hit
See ----->Shirzad murder set stage for violence unfolding in Kamloops

N.J. Pagan leaders indicted after shooting at Hells Angels rival

Larry Ortiz, aka “Savage” 31
Two New Jersey Pagan’s were indicted for an Oct 2020 incident in which prosecutors said they shot at a member of the Hells Angels. Larry Ortiz and Junius Aquino, aka “Jayo,” 38, were leaving a Verona bar when they were attacked by a group with baseball bats. A week later Ortiz and Aquino shot at a member of the HAMC in retaliation.
Ortiz and Aquino each face four charges. They were both indicted on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Friday, December 17, 2021

U.S. offers $5m each for Los Chapitos — El Chapo's four sons

The U.S. Department of State is offering $5m for information leading to the capture of any of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera’s four sons. Ovidio Guzmán López, Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar and Joaquín Guzmán López are known collectively as Los Chapitos. The four are high-ranking members of the Sinaloa Cartel and control large factions of the cartel. They are believed to be involved in bloody turf wars with rival gangs and infighting for control of the organization.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Pasquale Barbaro's murderers unmasked

Four killer bikies have fought for years through their lawyers to keep their names suppressed, even as they were found guilty or pleaded guilty to Pasquale Barbaro's murder. Members of a gang known as 'Sultani's Crew', named after Abuzar 'Afghani Abs' Sultani, killed Barbaro. Siar Munshizada and Abuzar Sultani are described as 'serial killers'. The cohorts in Barbaro's murder are Joshua Baines and Mirwais Danishyar. Their assassination spree that ended the lives of three gangsters took place in Sydney in 2016.
Abuzar Sultani
Barbaro was shot by two men after he got into his Mercedes. Sultani followed Barbaro until he collapsed and fired five shots in the back of his head as he lay on the ground. Nine hours earlier a detective had given evidence at the trial of Brothers For Life gangsters that suggested Barbaro had been involved in the murder of Joe Antoun. Antoun was a close friend of Sultani.
See ----->Oz 'Gangsta Glam' lifestyle littered with corpses
See ----->L’Onorata ­Societa — the Honoured Society