Monday, February 28, 2022

980kg of cocaine seized by cops disappears in Guinea-Bissau

Seven suspects appeared in court in Bissau in a 980kg cocaine case, almost all of which has disappeared. "Last November, 980 kg were seized by the police, but 975 kg have simply disappeared into thin air. It is presumed that it was elements of the security and defence forces who seized this quantity of cocaine," Domingos Monteiro, the director of the judicial police, told the press a cop was arrested in the case. Guinea-Bissau experienced the 14th coup in its troubled history since independence from Portugal in 1974 Feb 1.
The president emerged unharmed after hours of gunfire that left 11 people dead. He sacked the commander of navy and the army's vice chief of staff.
See ----->Africa’s ‘narco-state' Guinea-Bissau

Sunday, February 27, 2022

NC cop sold cocaine while on duty in patrol car

Raleigh cop Keven Rodriguez, 33, was charged with distributing cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

If convicted, Rodriguez faces a mandatory minimum of five years behind bars and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Edmonton HA Alan Peter Knapczyk dies in jail

Alan Peter Knapczyk has died in prison at Matsqui. No details have been released.
Two men affiliated with the Edmonton chapter of the Hells Angels had five years tacked onto their prison sentences for conspiring to traffic cocaine and benefiting a criminal organization in 2017. Alberta’s Court of Appeal increased John Reginald Alcantara and Alan Peter Knapczyk’s sentences to 15 years from 10 years for acting as enforcers for a large Fort McMurray cocaine trafficking operation.

In September 2012, both were sentenced to a decade in prison. At the time, Knapczyk was a full patch of the Edmonton Chapter, and Alcantara a prospect.

Jeffrey Mark Caines was handed 14 years as head of a huge drug trafficking ring.
The case stretches back to 2005, when Knapczyk and Alcantara agreed to provide protection for a Fort McMurray cocaine trafficker in exchange for $20k a week. Trafficker Jeffrey Mark Cains called in Knapczyk and Alcantara to intimidate the competition.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Carfentanil kills 24 in Argentina - Update

The cop probe has switched to the ‘Mameluco’ gang of convicted drug trafficker Miguel Ángel 'Mameluco' Villalba, who is serving 27 years in prison. Police carried out 38 raids across Greater Buenos Aires, with at least 17 arrests. The operation was ordered by the Federal Court of San Martin and resulted in a "large quantity of drugs" being seized. Evidence was found in both jail cells of Mameluco and his son Iván.
In an audio recording, Villalba orders an underling to “Get that off the street right now.”
Argentine investigators have identified the drug that adulterated cocaine that killed 24 and sickened 74 on the outskirts of Buenos Aires last week. Carfentanil, an opioid 10,000X stronger than morphine, 100 times stronger than fentanyl was found. Effects in humans start at about 1 microgram. 20 micrograms, a gain of salt, is often fatal.

All of the victims were desperately poor.
The victims bought the adulterated cocaine in Puerta 8, a slum known as a drug dealing hub on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

Friday, February 25, 2022

Scott Steer - putting the 'P' into Poacher

Gabriola Island resident Scott Stanley Steer has landed in hot water, again. In the latest, the serial poacher led fisheries officers on a high-speed chase on March 2, 2020. The vessel he was driving had no navigational lights visible and he engaged in "evasive manoeuvres, including hairpin turns" and had "near collisions" in the chase to avoid capture. Steer was ultimately arrested after the chase, and was found to have more than 250 illegal crabs. Steer is off for another 6 months in jail and three years probation. He was also handed a lifetime fishing prohibition and a prohibition from being on any fishing vessel.
A forfeiture claim alleges Scott Steer has a 'prolific' history of illegal fishing violations and his assets are derived from crime. The B.C. government wants to seize a Gabriola Island home and more than $1.3m in cash from Steer.
Steer's career of stealing is extensive. Since 2008, there have been 15 different Fisheries and Oceans Canada files on him. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail and ordered to forfeit his crab fishing gear and vessel in 2016. It was his 4th offense. He has poached commercial fisheries, sea cucumbers and crabs for more than a dozen years. In May 2021, Steer was convicted of crab fishing yet again, including contravening his ban for being on a fishing vessel, possessing fishing gear, fishing without a licence, fishing during a closed time and possession of crab caught illegally.

The Stewmaker - El Pozolero

Santiago Meza López, 'El Pozolero', will remain in prison. Meza was told he was being denied freedom because he has yet to be sentenced for more crimes. Pozole is a Mexican stew made with hominy, chicken, pork and vegetables.
El Pozolero confessed to earning $600 per week to submerge cadavers in a tub filled with acid and sodium hydroxide while 'stirring' the bodies for 8 hours until everything but the teeth, nails and some bone fragments dissolved. Meza said whatever remained would be burned before being buried in an empty lot on his property.
Santiago Meza Lopez, aka El Pozolero or The Stewmaker, confessed to helping the Sinaloa Cartel dissolve countless bodies in acid in order to make them disappear. The Stewmaker was first captured in 2009, and was sentenced to a decade in prison in 2012. He is set to be released. He was known to work across 10 locations in Tijuana. He spent years dissolving bodies, and at some point even constructed a drainage system to dispose of the waste.

Tens of thousands of bone fragments — the Stewmaker's leftovers — were uncovered by cops.
The Chicken Coop farm near the US border in Tijuana contained the remains of at least 240 people. The actual number is much higher ... 'Of the 16,500 litres of organic material, the Federal Attorney General's Office said that there could be up to 650 bodies.'
After his arrest Meza Lopez told how he disposed of the bodies and that he was paid $2400 per month for his work.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Sergio Piccirilli has balls - out and about

The Parole Board of Canada granted release to Sergio Piccirilli, 62, but decided he is not ready for full parole. Piccirilli has close ties to the Hells Angels — including childhood friend Salvatore Cazzetta. He is serving a sentence of nine years and nine months that he received in May 2016 after his conviction on charges including gangsterism; conspiracy to possess drugs with the intent to traffic; instructing a criminal offence for an organized crime group; conspiring to import and export controlled substances; and offences related to firearms. Piccirilli will reach his statutory release date in November.

On October 4, 2019, Piccirilli was the target of an attempted murder by poisoning at the Drummondville penitentiary. As with other things Piccirilli takes it in stride.

"This guy has balls," said mobster Francesco Arcadi, with cops listening, after Piccirilli entered the Sicilian headquarters, the bar Consenza and drew a gun. Later, RCMP visited Piccirilli to warn him that a contract had been put on his head. "What can I do to help you? the cop asked. “Send me flowers,” Piccirilli replied. Piccirilli then called his ex, Sharon Simon, the Queen of Kanesatake, and asked her to bring him a machine gun.
See ----->Sergio Piccirilli pulls 15 years
See ----->Queen of Kanesatake home up in smoke

UK gangster Moll lived the high life - fearless spending money

Jodie Bowie, 32, met Jonathan Walsh on Facebook while he was serving 14 years for armed robbery. Following his arrest, Bowie tasked her parents and brother to ferry dirty cash. The cash came from their meth and pot trafficking operation. The line ran drugs through the northwest England and Nottinghamshire from Oct 2018 to Oct 2019. During a raid on her home, cops found designer clothes worth more than £100k and £10k in cash. That bust didn't slow her down. Designer clothing valued at £27k and £5,500 in cash was discovered during another cop visit.
Phone messages showed her booking cosmetic surgery. "When it came to spending money, she was fearless." The gang landed 50 years behind bars. Her parents were handed a combined 22 months, suspended for 18 months. Jodie Bowie escaped jail and was handed 21 months jail suspended for two years.
Jonathan Walsh was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The first narco sub in Europe

Agustín Álvarez, 31, was jailed for 11 years for piloting a narco sub with 3,068kg of cocaine worth an estimated €123m across the Atlantic. The 27 day, 3,500-mile journey from Brazil to Spain made headlines around the world when the vessel was scuttled in a Galician cove on 24 Nov 2019. The vessel’s arrival in Galicia was necessary as fuel ran out and two attempts to rendezvous with cartel boats off the coast failed. Álvarez and two Ecuadorians spent almost a month squeezed into a dank can behind three tonnes of cocaine and 20,000 litres of fuel. Food was energy bars, rice, biscuits and sardines; the toilet a plastic bag.
Cops found 152 bales of cocaine aboard the 20-metre submarine. Seven men went to trial in Spain accused of playing a role in the sailing. The cocaine was destined for the U.K. Its thought the narco sub cost well over $1m to build. Galicia’s inlets have long been a smuggler’s paradise but in recent years drug gangs have turned them into one of the main entry points for Colombian cocaine.
See ----->Colombia's 'narco subs'

USCG unloads $1b in drugs

The haul is a new record for a 90 day patrol.
U.S. Coast Guard crews from nine ships seized 54,500 pounds of cocaine and 15,800 pounds of pot, worth about $1.06 billion, in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean. The Cutter James set a record for the largest single cocaine interdiction at 10,915 pounds, worth $206m.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Neco Arabaci with ex-Hells Angel Saman B.

A recent summit meeting in a hookah bar in Izmir, Turkey. Neco Arabaci, 50 and ex-Hells Angel Saman B. Saman B. has been in a life and death struggle in Cologne with his former boss Fatih K. The feud recently entered the next round with a near shootout in a shisha bar on Rudolfplatz.
Saman B. (31) is a former Hells Angel from Cologne out in bad standing. The rocker was a professional martial arts fighter. He was feared, but now has become the hunted. He recently narrowly escaped death in an ambush. Angry Hells Angel boss Fatih K. wants Saman B. dead.
On Sept 30 the German state of Hesse banned two Frankfurt-based chapters of the Hells Angels and confiscated their assets. The Westend and Frankfurt chapters were seized under the ban. Each chapter is thought to have around 90 members. Two other Hells Angels chapters were banned in other parts of Germany. Gangs in the rest of Germany remain legal.
See ----->Turkey targets Necati 'Neco' Arabaci

Fate of Hells Angel Sherbrooke bunker sealed

The land on which the Hells Angels bunker stood, demolished in June 2021, has been put up for sale. The owner, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, is asking $775k for the 29.54 acre lot located at 1575 rue Wellington Sud. The land is described as a guaranteed future investment, with "Magnificent forest, ideal for nature project."
After a decade of legal wrangling, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled against the HA and for the confiscation of the building at 1575 Wellington St. South.

There is no further appeal.
The last bunker of the Hells Angels still standing in Quebec was confiscated in Sept 2017. The notorious clubhouse has been vacant since the 2009 SharQc Operation.

An appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada was made in Sept 2019 by Richard Rousseau, Guy Auclair, and Georges Beaulieu, members in good standing of the HA.
On March 24, 1985 the property saw the cold blooded execution of 5 members of the Hells Angels by their brothers. It became infamous as the Lennoxville massacre. At least two other members of the Laval chapter were supposed to be killed that day as well, but they failed to show up for the meeting.
See ----->The Lennoxville massacre