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.

Record year for cocaine at port of Rotterdam

Dutch customs seized more than 1.6 tonnes of cocaine hidden in 3 shipments of bananas, cocoa beans and cement in the port of Rotterdam. Estimated street value is €127 million. Europe's largest port has confiscated a record 68 tonnes of cocaine this year, up from 49 tonnes in 2020. The Netherlands and Belgium are becoming major hubs for cocaine, especially for consignments from Colombia according to Europol. The North Sea coast has "overtaken the Iberian peninsula as the main entry point for cocaine into Europe", said a report in September.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Leon Cullen - 'Vile bullying gangster'

Liverpool residents are said to be relieved after notorious gang boss Leon Cullen was jailed for 22 and half years after he admitted running a Warrington based gun and drug gang. Cullen was a well known drug dealer who became embroiled with more established criminal gangs and started a street war. After a series of violent incidents Cullen was arrested in Dubai during an international police operation, and then extradited back to the UK. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply firearms, conspiracy to possess ammunition and conspiracy to supply cocaine. The Cullen brothers and their associates supplied guns and drugs to smaller gangs and sent henchmen to threaten anyone who owed a debt. 20 men were jailed for a total of 185 years.

Nigel Gerke bought 10 years.
Twin brothers Leon and Anthony Cullen grew up in the Longford area which became a stronghold for their gang. They were both jailed for drug offences in 2012. Leon was known to be the more volatile of the two thugs.

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

Former Sonoma County Deputy Charlie Blount

Blount slammed Ward's head against the driver's side door frame. Another deputy tasered Ward twice. Blount then used a banned sleeper hold.
The jury trial of former Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy Charles Blount, charged with involuntary manslaughter after killing David Glen Ward after a vehicle pursuit in 2019, began in December.
Deputy Charlie Blount was fired.
Sonoma County has settled a civil wrongful death lawsuit for $3.3m over Ward's death. The county has paid out more than $10m in excessive force and wrongful death lawsuits over the past decade. Until recently, SCSO guards routinely engaged in 'yard counseling'. A group of armored cops would beat inmates of all races for alleged rules violations. In 2013 at the jail a white man who was arrested on DUI was tasered 23 times. That one cost county taxpayers $1.25m.

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.

Richie “The Boot” Boiardo

Ruggiero Boiardo was a mobster in the Genovese crime family, New Jersey faction and was a boss until he died at age 93.
"Sopranos" creator David Chase said when he was a child, his family visited relatives in Newark "with fuzzy connections to a prominent mob family in Livingston." Years later, Chase admitted that the Tony Soprano character in "The Sopranos" was actually modeled after the Boiardos.
Things weren’t going well for the Boiardos in the late ’60s. IRS agents were investigating The Boot, and Life magazine ran an exposé on his “brazen empire of organized crime” and 30-acre estate in Livingston, NJ. The Boiardos ran Newark with an iron hand. For decades, they controlled the city’s underworld and benefited from racketeering, loan-sharking, theft, gambling and no-show jobs at the Port of Newark. In 1969 he was convicted of conspiracy to violate gambling laws.

By then the Boiardo crime family was done in Newark.
Richie The Boot became increasingly detached and paranoid when he stepped aside. His son, Tony Boy, rose quickly in the mob but lacked The Boot’s cunning and many thugs disliked him. Tony Boy died of a heart attack in 1978, at 64. The Boot died six years later due to heart failure.

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.