Saturday, October 20, 2018

Ponzi artist Arthur Lamar Adams gave generously

Arthur Lamar Adams devised a sophisticated Ponzi scheme that lured at least 300 investors to pour in more than $100 million. His scheme recruited investors to invest at least $100,000 each in Madison Timber Properties in Mississippi.
For each investment made by an investor recruited, agents received a cut of the investor’s payment, amounting to more than $16 million in commissions.

Adams made numerous gifts with the loot, including $1,400 to the Trump Make America Great Again Campaign. Adams gave gifts to the Ole Miss Athletic Foundation of $49,900 in 2016 and $47,100 in 2017. In total the University of Mississippi received $402,100.

Guyana Cocaine trial nears end

Guyana prosecutors closed its case against accused drug traffickers Stephen Vieira, Tazim Gafoor, his son Nazim Gafoor, and Sherwayne De Abreu, who are on trial over the cocaine that was found by authorities in lumber last year.
The four men were charged after police found the drugs concealed in dressed lumber on May 12th, 2017.

The cocaine was stashed in lumber at a sawmill at Lookout, East Bank Essequibo, which belonged to Narine Lall, who is still wanted.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Surrey Police release photos of Gangland Murder Targets - Update

Mandeep Grewal of Coquitlam, brother of slain gangster Gavinder Grewal, has been shot dead in Abbotsford. Surrey RCMP had warned the public in late July of 2017 about associating with his other brother Manbir Grewal, then 28, and four others. Mandeep Grewal is the 14th South Asian to be murdered this year in the Lower Mainland area. None of the murders has been solved.
Gavinder Grewal and Brothers Keepers.

Manbir Singh Grewal
Police say targets of recent shootings continue to pose a risk to the public in Surrey. In an effort to try and ensure safety, police are identifying five men who are believed to be the targets of shots fired over the past two months. The targets are identified as 25-year-old Karman Singh Grewal from Vancouver, 28-year-old Manbir Singh Grewal and 29-year-old Ibrahim Amjed Ibrahim from Coquitlam, 23-year-old Indervir Singh Johal and 23-year-old Harmeet Singh Sanghera from Surrey.

All refused to provide statements or information. Police assume that the men continue to be targets. Ibrahim Amjad Ibrahim was found shot dead in Richmond in October 2017.

See ----->Suspects, vehicles identified in Grewal hit
See ----->Heavy police presence at funeral for slain gangster Gavinder Grewal

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Joseph 'Skinny Joey' Merlino sentenced to two years in prison

Joseph 'Skinny Joey' Merlino quipped outside court Wednesday that President Donald Trump was right to suggest cooperators or 'flippers' should be outlawed. He chuckled despite needing to surrender himself in 45 days.

Merlino was arrested in 2016 with four others in a crackdown on an East Coast syndicate that prosecutors say committed crimes including extortion, loan-sharking, casino-style gambling, sports gambling, credit card fraud and health care fraud.
See ----->Mob Boss 'Skinny Joey' Merlino pleads guilty
See ----->Judge declares mistrial in the racketeering case of Joseph 'Skinny Joey' Merlino

Massive German container leasing Ponzi scheme Busted - $4b

The Munich-based container lessor filed for bankruptcy two months ago after drawing on €3.5bn ($4.06bn) from 54,000 investors. Investors are facing losses of more than $4bn after it emerged that one million shipping containers belonging to German box lessor P&R Group can't be found.

The company sold new and used containers, rented them back, and offered to repurchase them in 5 years for 65% of the original value.
While the firm claimed to have acquired 1.6m containers on behalf of German investors, it appears only 600,000 actually exist.

150 kilos of cocaine found on ship in Halifax - Update II

Matthew Ross Lambert and his wife, Nyet Cheng Siow, were to be arraigned on an allegation of concealing or converting $25,000 in Canadian currency that was the proceeds of crime. That charge has been dropped. Lambert is still facing two other sets of charges, including conspiracy to commit robbery and counselling someone to commit robbery.

Nelson Ricardo Alvarado-Calles, 30, of Vaughan, Ont., was picked up by police in August. Their trafficking trial is expected next May.

Matthew Ross Lambert
Two men from B.C. charged with conspiracy to import cocaine were released from custody after posting cash bail and agreeing to strict conditions. Matthew Ross Lambert, 34, of Richmond and Darcy Peter Bailey, 46, of Fort St. John were arrested June 9, when a diver found cocaine hidden on the bottom of a container ship in the Port of Halifax.

Their bail is $ 50,000 and $ 10,000 respectively. Lambert must live with his surety — his wife — at their house in Richmond. Bailey was ordered to reside at his mother’s home in Abbotsford. The third man charged with conspiracy, Dangis Seinauskas, 46, of Ajax is still in custody pending receipt of his Canadian and Lithuanian passports.
Darcy Bailey, Dangis Seinauskas
Three men have been charged with conspiracy to import cocaine after a drug seizure in the Port of Halifax. Divers inspected a ship docked at the Halterm Container Terminal on June 9 and found 150 kilograms of cocaine hidden on the bottom of the vessel. The 3 had diving equipment with them when they were arrested near the container terminal.
Matthew Ryan Lambert, 34, of Richmond, Dangis Seinauskas, 46, of Ajax, and Darcy Peter Bailey, 46, of Fort St. John have been charged.

The cocaine was discovered on the Arica, a Liberian-registered container ship that docked in Montreal before stopping in Halifax. The drugs were wrapped in plastic and concealed in the ship’s sea chest, a recess on the bottom of the vessel through which ocean water is drawn in for cooling

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

HA Robin Moulton and Marie Antonette Bugay sentenced

New Brunswick HA Robin Moulton, 49, was sentenced to 54 months for possession of cocaine with the intention of trafficking and possessing a drug press intended for trafficking. Marie Antonette Bugay, 41 was sentenced to 30 months in jail for possession of a loaded firearm without a licence, possession of property obtained by crime and possession of cocaine. She will forfeit the $77,000 seized by police. The Crown withdrew 10 charges, including illegal weapons possession and storage.
Moulton, a 12 year HA veteran, was previously sentenced to five years and four months in federal prison in 2008 for trafficking cocaine and for possessing a prohibited or restricted weapon with ammunition. He was was released on February 17, 2012, with conditions.
See ----->HA Robin Moulton and girlfriend Marie Bugay stay jailed
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Francesco Del Balso charged with threatening reporter - Update

A clip from CBC's The Fifth Estate - Crime Pays (Montreal's Rizzuto Clan)
If there's one thing Francesco Del Balso is 'good' at, it's threats. Project Colisée, a lengthy police investigation into the Montreal Mafia, provided recorded conversations involving Del Balso issuing threats. Last week Del Balso is said to have issued a threat toward reporter Felix Séguin.

Del Balso made a request at the Drummondville courthouse to have a peace bond imposed on the reporter. The mobster ran his mouth after his request was rejected.
He told a prosecutor at the courthouse that: “I can take care of (Séguin) myself. I will put him in a container.” Del Balso was charged with making a threat and with intimidating a journalist to prevent him from reporting on a criminal organization, a Criminal Code offence that carries a maximum sentence of 14 years. Last month Séguin did a story on Del Balso, who was shaking down Italian restaurants for protection money.
Del Balso is technically still serving the 11-year sentence he received from Project Colisée, including conspiracy to commit extortion, gangsterism, tax evasion and cocaine trafficking. He was out on statutory release.

Del Balso now faces the possibility of being returned to a federal penitentiary to serve out his time for having violated terms of his release.
See ----->Montreal mobster Francesco 'chit' Del Balso targets Quebec pizzérias
See ----->Francesco Del Balso a walking target, release revoked

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

US announces 15 indictments against CJNG

Attorney General Jeff Sessions unveiled the charges against members of Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, or CJNG. The cartel is accused of trafficking tons of cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl-laced heroin into the U.S. The cartel brings about five tons of cocaine and five tons of methamphetamine into the U.S. from Mexico each month, Sessions said. The 15 indictments charge a total of 45 of the cartel’s leaders, financiers, transporters and suppliers. Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, 'El Mencho,' is charged in three of the indictments but remains a fugitive. The U.S. is offering a $10 million reward for information leading to his arrest.
El Mencho's son, Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, is also charged in two of the indictments. Officials believe the cartel has influence in 75 per cent of Mexican states. The cartel also operates across the U.S., and in Europe, Asia and Australia.

AG names top transnational organized-crime threats to the US

Often calling its members "animals," Trump has claimed MS-13 has turned US communities "into blood-stained killing fields." Though MS-13 members have committed heinous crimes, experts have said the Trump administration misunderstands the reach and power the gang.

Experts describe MS-13 as a "loose coalition of young, often formerly incarcerated men operating hand to mouth across a vast geographic territory".
The CJNG is the youngest group on the list. It sprang from a faction of the Sinaloa cartel around 2010. Based in Jalisco, the CJNG has grown rapidly. It violently forces out competitors.

Over the past two decades, the Sinaloa cartel has risen to the top of Mexico's narco hierarchy, operating throughout the country and around the world.
The Gulf cartel was long one of Mexico's most powerful criminal groups. The Gulf cartel's formation can be traced to the mid-1980s. In the late 1990s, it began developing a military wing, recruiting former special-forces soldiers to form the Zetas. The Zetas have carried out some of Mexico's most brutal crimes.

Hezbollah, or the "Party of God," is the only group on the list with its origins outside the Western Hemisphere. It emerged after Israel's 1982 invasion and occupation of southern Lebanon.

Monday, October 15, 2018

CJNG and 'Chelelo' target Nuevo Laredo

Known in the criminal underworld as 'Chelelo,' Eleazar Medina Rojas is an old-time boss tied to the original Los Zetas Cartel. Captured in January 2016, authorities sent Medina to the Puente Grande prison where he was expected to stay for some time. He was mysteriously released in June. It's thought Medina Rojas held meetings with key leaders from Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) to secure an early release. CJNG has become one of the top organizations in Mexico by forcefully taking territories once held by the Sinaloa Cartel.

Arsenal seized in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
Medina brokered an alliance with the CJNG to take control of Nuevo Laredo, a border city currently controlled by the rival Los Zetas faction Cartel Del Noreste (CDN). So far Medina has allegedly been working to get key CDN operators and leaders to switch alliances.
Medina has been on the radar of Mexican military and police intelligence agencies since at least 2006. He is a fugitive wanted by the DEA.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Charges laid in Rock Creek meth lab bust

Charges have been laid against three West Kelowna men after RCMP busted a massive meth drug lab this spring operating near Rock Creek, 34 km east of Osoyoos.
RCMP seized five rifles, two handguns, 20 kg of methamphetamine, 25 kg of methamphetamines in various stages of production, and 75 kg of ephedrine tablets which could produce 57 kg of methamphetamine. The property is undergoing remediation and monitoring by the Ministry of Environment for contamination.
Dylan Frederick Crossland-Schmode, Jordon William Herron-Paugh and Dustin Gordon Paugh are charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance, possession for use in production of a controlled substance, careless storage of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Albanian Mobsters in New York - the latest thing

Eleven Albanian mobsters on their 'perp walk' after a heroin/fentanyl ring bust in January. When the topic is organized crime, Albania seldom springs to mind. But that country’s mafia is notorious for the complexity and diversity of its criminal enterprises. It's reach spreads around the globe. Activities include trafficking in drugs, weapons, and humans. Interpol reports that the Kosovo chapter runs heroin markets in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Norway. Currently, more than 15 mafia families operate in Albania alone.

When communism failed in Albania in 1990 the nation collapsed into economic dysfunction and the criminal element stepped in to take advantage of the chaos. The country is a mafia state.
In the 1990s, led by Alex Rudaj, the Albanians established ties with crime figures of the Gambino crime family. Soon, they were battling the Lucchese and Gambino families for territory in Queens, the Bronx and Westchester County. In 2001, seven Albanian mobsters stormed a Gambino hangout in Astoria. Gambino leader Arnold Squitieri demanded a “sit down.” When Squitieri issued an ultimatum, crew members on both sides drew their guns, but the Albanians ended the discussion by threatening to blow up everyone.

By 2006, all the main players involved in the “sit down” were in prison. The Albanians weren't down for long.

FBI surveillance photograph of Alex Rudaj on April 15, 2003
Their fearsome reputation for violence as well as sophisticated smuggling networks and unlimited access to Communist-era weapons has helped them assert control.

The concept of Besa is important in Albanian culture. Besa means "keeping a promise". It is a verbal contract of trust. Albanian gangs – Mafia Shqiptare – swear an oath of "besa" - meaning they will defend each other with their lives. Each crime family will have a leader, the "krye" who chooses "kryetar" to work as underbosses.
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