Thursday, March 31, 2022

Raids on private Bolivian narco planes, again

On March 27, agents of Bolivia’s anti-corruption police were met with gunfire when they raided La Cruceña aerodrome, just east of the city of Santa Cruz. 38 people were arrested, 66 small planes seized and 29 hangars sealed. Drums of precursors, large-caliber weapons and satellite communication equipment was also seized. This is the third raid on the La Cruceña aerodrome. In July and November 2019, the facility was raided with 15 people arrested and several aircraft seized.
Both times investigations stalled when Bolivia’s anti-narcotics police didn't pursue prosecutions. Poorly regulated private aerodromes like La Cruceña are ideal for drug traffickers. Some 81 private aerodromes are registered in Bolivia where they operate with little oversight.

Clayton Eheler - busted again

Clayton Archie Eheler was arrested on multiple criminal charges on March 22 in Langley. This time it's committing an offence for a criminal organization, and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence. Co-accused are Blaire Smith and Tyler Van Basten. Van Basten is Eheler’s cousin. The trio also face charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Eheler was not granted bail and is cooling his heels until at least his April 12th bail hearing.
Eheler and co-accused Mathew Jordan Thieessen were caught with cocaine in 2014. Both were found guilty of trafficking. Eheler, a former Bacon brothers associate, was sentenced to 8 years and a lifetime weapons prohibition. The case against the gangsters turned mainly on the admissibility of evidence from a search warrant executed in Chilliwack. The men were present in the apartment when cops busted down the door to search. Cops landed 8 kg of powder cocaine and 1 kg of crack along with weapons. Dates were set for the new trial. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for April 22 after which the trial will begin. Eheler, 38, is well known as a Wolf Pack gangster - a coalition made up of some Hells Angels, some Red Scorpions and some Independent Soldiers.
Eheler has a long criminal history, exceeding 45 convictions. Over the years Eheler repeatedly used a high profile defence lawyer to force delay after delay in the case. There were multiple defense voir dire hearings for alleged Charter breaches and a failed application for a mistrial. Then in January of this year, the pair gleefully argued their Charter rights were violated because the case took more than 30 months from arraignment to conviction.
Clayton Eheler in Asia in 2014.

Marengo trial

The Marengo trial is a trial of leading members of the Mocro Mafia, a Dutch-Moroccan criminal organization. Seventeen gangsters are standing trial for involvement in various murders and attempted murders in the Netherlands. The principal is Ridouan Taghi, considered to be the leader. Saïd Razzouki is the alleged right-hand man of Taghi. He was arrested in Medellín on February 7, 2020, and extradited to the Netherlands.
A breakthrough in the case came when when Nabil B., one of the suspects, offered to give a statement. Shortly after, Nabil's brother was murdered, after which Nabil pulled out, later changing his decision. His attorney, Derk Wiersum, was killed on 18 September 2019. Investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries was supporting a crown witness in the trial. On 6 July 2021, he was shot in the head. On 15 July he died as a result of the shooting. After reports that Ridouan Taghi was planning a jailbreak, the streets around the fortified courtroom known as the Bunker were ringed with heavily armed police and military.
See ----->Kinahan associate Ridouan Taghi fingered in escape plots
See ----->Caloh Wagoh - 'Keylow'

Hells Angel bikie Dayne Brajkovich - Out and Fu*k the Police

The words 'revenge' and 'enforcer' are still marked on Brajkovich's inky head.
Dayne Brajkovich was expelled from the HAMC. His troubles continued as he was charged under WA's tough new anti-gang laws. Brajkovich needed to 'do' something about his dopey tatoos before stepping out in public, and that he did. The words 'sergeant at arms' has been covered. A '1%' tattoo on his chest is now a black diamond.
Among Brajkovich's many tattoos are the word 'Hells Angels' on his forehead and '1%er' on his neck. Cops suggest he needs to buy cases of band-aids to walk the streets of Perth. Brajkovich couldn't be missed at a recent court appearance. He was wearing a red and black HAMC jersey, along with a Gucci cap, sunglasses and a massive gold chain, bracelet and watch. His pretty shoes were likewise designer club colours. Brajkovich, 41, faced Perth Court, not the fashion police, and was fined $300, plus $248 in court costs. He pleaded guilty to entering a premises where he was barred. It is not known if they had a dress code for circus clowns.
HA bikie Dayne Brajkovich, who bashed Rebels boss Nick Martin weeks before his public assassination, was targeted in a drive-by. Shots were fired at Brajkovich’s home in Ascot in early March 2021. Nobody was injured. A stolen black Porsche was found burnt out nearby.

See -----> Nick Martin, Rebels bikie boss whacked - sniper
See ----->Bikie sniper pleads guilty - 20 years

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

HA Ryan charged in largest drug seizure in Manitoba history - update

Frequent flyer Damion Ryan, 41, is nailed. Cops seized 110 kg of cocaine, 41.4 kg of meth, 3 kg of fentanyl, and half a kg of MDMA. Estimated street value is $70m. 14 handguns, five assault-style rifles and more than $445k cash was also seized.

Project Divergent was launched in 2018 after a Manitoba RCMP criminal analyst flagged trends regarding the importation of drugs into Canada.
See ----->HA Damion Ryan busted again

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

UAE extradites Raffaele 'Lelluccio' Imperiale

Italian Justice Minister Marta Cartabia went to Dubai to request, for the third time, the extradition of Camorra drug trafficker Raffaele Imperiale, number two on Italy’s most wanted list. She was successful. Imperiale was flown to Rome last week. Imperiale was arrested last summer in Dubai at Italy’s request. In January, the United Arab Emirates rejected Italy’s second request for his extradition. Imperiale has been wanted for years by Italian cops. He is a member of the Amato-Pagano clan and is one of the most powerful drug traffickers in the world. He is closely linked to Daniel Kinahan. The extradition application for the mobster stated that he was a member of a 'Super Cartel' along with Kinahan, Balkan mob boss Edin Gacanin and the caged Ridouan Taghi.
See ----->Daniel Kinahan's cartel under pressure
See ----->Hunt for mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro - Diabolik

Monday, March 28, 2022

Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh = 21 years in slammer

Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh has been caged for 21 years for masterminding a major European cocaine and pot operation. He was pinched at Birmingham Airport on January 12, 2019, after returning from a vacation to Mexico. He flew across the Atlantic weeks after returning from Dubai where he's thought to have met with mob boss Daniel Kinahan. Kavanagh was a high ranking member of the Kinahan group. Kavanagh and his gang had imported drugs into the UK on an industrial scale.
Kavanagh, 54, was an alpha level trafficker.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Las Vegas K9 Nuggetz lassoes $10.5m in cocaine

Nanak Singh and Chandra Prakash were carrying a large load of cocaine in a shipment of tomatoes in a truck. They were stopped for driving erratically around 2:30 a.m. K9 Nuggetz indicated an alert for drugs. Cops found 230 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of $10.5m.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Thomas 'Tommy Shots' Gioeli compassionate release denied

A judge rejected the appeal from cancer-stricken mobster Thomas 'Tommy Shots' Gioeli for a compassionate release from prison.
“The unfortunate fact in this case is that the defendant’s crimes were so heinous and the nature of his leadership role so dangerous that release would not be appropriate.” Gioeli, 70, was convicted at a 2012 federal racketeering trial for conspiring to kill supporters of then-family boss 'Little Vic' Orena during a war for control of the Colombo family. He was sentenced to 18½ years behind bars. The career tough guy was described as a cold-blooded killer during his trial where he was convicted of racketeering.
The family capo, heading a faction loyal to imprisoned head Carmine “Junior” Persico, was bumped up to street boss during the battle where 13 victims were killed — including a bagel shop worker gunned down in a case of mistaken identity. Gioeli famously won a $250k settlement after an August 2013 fall during a prison ping-pong game left him with a fractured kneecap needing surgery. The gangster is less than halfway through his prison term.

"Leave the gun, take the cannoli." - Godfather at 50

The line isn't in Puzo's book. It was "leave the gun". The bit about the cannoli was improvised by late actor Richard Castellano. The line would go on to become gangster film legend.
The Godfather is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.

Don Vito Corleone: "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."

"Revenge is a dish best served cold."

"A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults."

Jean Wimmer of Flawless Jewellery busted

Jean Wimmer, 37, held himself out as a high end jeweller of Flawless Jeweller. The reality was he was a top level trafficker. The Tasmanian man imported methylamphetamine and heroin between Tasmania and NSW.
A gold plated Harley was seized by the New South Wales Police, along with 4 supercars. Wimmer regularly took to Instagram to post photos of his lavish lifestyle and his diamond encrusted jewellery creations.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Drug dealers chatting on phone - ends poorly

With kilos of cocaine and heroin coming in from Mexico, several Saginaw men discussed how to sell the drugs, gain new customers, and chatted about their competition. Amazingly, Gregory M. Hayes, Austin A. Saucedo, and Ricardo Delgado talked about their drug venture over the phone, and the FBI was listening in. Cops found 13.5kg of cocaine, more than $100k, and 13 guns. In another raid they landed 2kg of cocaine and more than $25k.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Entambado and encobijado - narco lingo

If you knew what the slang terms entambado (body in a drum) and encobijado (corpse in a blanket) are, you have been reading newspaper headlines in Juarez and other Mexican border cities.
Sicario (hired assassin) and soplón (snitch) are better known. Arreglados means someone who has been bought off, like cops.

Rocco Morabito to be extradited

On March 9, Brazil’s Supreme Court approved Rocco Morabito's extradition to Italy. It comes ten months after his arrest in northern Brazil in May 2021, following a joint manhunt by Brazilian, Uruguayan and Italian cops.
Rocco Morabito was arrested almost two years after his escape from a prison in Uruguay. He was awaiting extradition to Italy where he is a most wanted man. He had been sentenced in his absence to 28 years by an Italian court in 2015, a penalty later increased to 30 years. Morabito was behind the smuggling of tons cocaine from Brazil to Europe.
The ‘Cocaine king of Milan’ is one of Italy’s most wanted mob bosses.
Morabito established a partnership between the ‘Ndrangheta and Brazilian gang First Capital Command.
He was arrested while staying in a hotel in Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, where he had gone after having a fight with his wife. A search of his villa in Punta del Este uncovered a gun, 13 mobile phones, and 150 passport-sized photos of Morabito in different guises.
Villa where Italian mafia fugitive Rocco Morabito lived near the resort town of Punta del Este
He was arrested in Uruguay after 23 years on the run. Rocco Morabito is considered a top leader of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta, Italy’s powerful organized crime group and one of Europe’s biggest importers of cocaine. Morabito has often rubbed shoulders with Sicilian boss Matteo Messina Denaro.
See ----->Hunt for mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro - Diabolik

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Over for Francis 'Cadillac Frank' Salemme

Former New England Mafia don Francis 'Cadillac Frank' Salemme’s last hope for a new trial was dashed when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal. Salemme, 88, is serving a life sentence for murder at a federal medical prison in Missouri. He was convicted in 2018 on one count of murder of a witness for the 1993 gangland slaying of Boston nightclub owner Steven DiSarro. DiSarro hadn't been seen since 1993. What happened to him was a mystery until his body was found buried behind a mill building at 715 Branch Ave. in Providence.
DiSarro was going to be a witness in a federal investigation against Salemme, but his late son Frank Jr. killed DiSarro as Cadillac Frank watched. Salemme led the New England family of La Cosa Nostra in the early 1990s

Gambler Howard Ferrini, with daughter Kelly, was murdered in 1991.
On Aug. 22, 1991 cops found the body of Howard Ferrini in the trunk of his Cadillac, which had been parked at the Hub’s Logan Airport in Boston. They got a report about a foul odour coming from the car. One of Ferrini's killers was Kevin Hanrahan. A cold case forensics team found his fingerprints on the bag wrapped around Ferrini’s battered head. Hanrahan was an enforcer for New England’s Patriarca crime family, and his boss was 'Cadillac Frank' Salemme. Hanrahan was gunned down on a Providence street in 1992.
Salemme rose from hitman to boss, then became a rat.In 1995 Salemme was indicted for racketeering and turned rat. He was sentenced to life in 2018.
See ----->Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi to Testify at Salemme Trial