Sunday, August 19, 2018

Drug Trafficker Witton Luu dies in custody

Prison authorities are investigating the death of a Toronto man who was convicted in a massive drug bust that the RCMP called a “tremendous blow to organized crime in Canada.” Witton Luu, 25, died at the Joyceville medium security prison. He had been there since May 17, after being sentenced to three years and nine months for his role in Project OTremens, a case which targeted high-level members of the Mafia in Canada and New York. Corrections Canada had no comment, other than to call the death “non-natural.”

Project OTremens resulted in the imprisonment of two sons of murdered mob boss Paolo Violi.
See ----->Second mobster pleads guilty in Project OTremens
See ----->Major weapons and drugs bust in GTA - ' Project OTremens' - Update

FBI arrests Hells Angels with 12 pounds of meth in Alaska

Two drug busts in Anchorage and Juneau netted about 15 pounds of meth. 42-year-old Charles Phillips and his wife Lois were arrested after police found meth and almost $25,000 in cash at their apartment.

Along with much of the meth, cops found a ledger, and a sheet "listing names of Hells Angels prospects throughout the state of Alaska."
Phillips is on federal probation for drug possession and in 2006 was convicted on state drug charges for manufacturing meth. The Anchorage HA chapter is one of roughly 444 Hells Angels chapters in 56 countries.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Avocado thefts bear fruit for criminals in New Zealand

The average cost was five New Zealand dollars, or $3.30, per avocado, a 37 percent increase over last year. People in New Zealand are taking desperate measures to protect a coveted item from thieves: avocados. Due to strict biosecurity laws, New Zealand does not import avocados. With prices for the fruit soaring after two years of low harvests, orchards are seeing thefts, and black markets have sprung up. Official figures showed that local avocado prices smashed records.
A tree owner recently spent $500 on a security system for his avocado tree after multiple thefts. The 30-foot tree produces 500 avocados a season. Last year, his tree was “professionally harvested” of several hundred fruit in one night. Avocado toast has become a big hit among young, health-conscious adults in New Zealand and world-wide. Avocado Toast with Tomato and Basil

Mexico seizes record 50 tons of meth

Mexican marines seized a record 50 tons of crystal meth from a drug lab in the state of Sinaloa.

Tons of drugs were being produced in the mountains of Alcoyonqui municipality, about 19 km outside the state capital of Culiacan.
"A clandestine narco-lab and two underground store rooms were secured and dismantled, with approximately 50 tons of processed crystal meth in solid and liquid form." the marines said in a statement. The drugs were incinerated on site due to the remote location. Mexico is a major supplier of meth to the US and the top source of heroin. The country is also the principal highway for cocaine trafficked north.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Joseph 'The Animal' Barboza

A new film will chronicle Joseph 'The Animal' Barboza, suspected in more than 20 killings in Massachusetts. The Portuguese-American mafioso was a notorious mob hit man for the Patriarca crime family during the 1960s. By 1966, Barboza was a powerful crime figure in the Boston underworld.
He earned a reputation as one of Boston's most prolific and fearless contract killers.
In June 1967, Barboza turned FBI informant while in prison for murder, and eventually testified against Raymond Patriarca, Sr. before becoming one of the first informants to enter the Witness Protection Program. On Feb 11, 1976, Barboza was hit by four shotgun blasts at close range and killed instantly. Although he was armed with a .38, Barboza never had a chance to draw it.

Oz smuggler clueless about $245 million in cocaine

Craig William Lembke appeared in court where he pleaded not guilty to importing 700 kilograms of cocaine. His lawyer said his client had no knowledge the cocaine, which had a street value of $245 million, was aboard the catamaran.
Cocaine syndicate co-ordinator Kent Jackson and Dennis Bath have pleaded guilty to their roles in importing the cocaine and will be called to give evidence at Lembke’s trial.
See ----->700kg Cocaine seized from yacht in New South Wales

Feds bust Detroit doctors in $20m opioid conspiracy

The drugs had a street value of more than $20 million.Five people in Detroit, including Dr. Michelle Ritter, 60, and Dr. Charise Valentine, 62, were indicted and are accused of running a $20m drug conspiracy. The doctors accepted only cash and charged patients based on the quantity, type and dosage of prescription opioids. The doctors primarily prescribed oxycodone and oxymorphone. Oxycodone sells for $17-$22 per pill in Detroit. In Kentucky and Ohio the pills sell for $45. The doctors issued more than 674,500 doses of opioids. Medicare was billed nearly $2 million.
A West Bloomfield doctor and a patient recruiter have been sentenced to prison for running an opioid drug scheme throughout Metro Detroit for years. Dr. Mark Buzzard, 51, and Joseph James Roe, 49, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone. Buzzard was sentenced to 72 months in prison and Roe was sentenced to 144 months in prison.

Bus involved in deadly Ecuador crash was carrying 80kg of cocaine

A bus that crashed in Ecuador that killed 24 people was carrying 80kg of cocaine hidden under false floors. Another 20 people were seriously injured when the bus, which was travelling from Colombia, crashed into another vehicle and tipped over. Police said the passengers had been used as a distraction. Relatives of the victims said they had been invited on the trip for free and that it was to go as far as Peru.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Facebook cracks down on opioid dealers

Facebook’s internal search engine has stopped returning posts, Pages and Groups for searches of “OxyContin,” “Xanax,” “Fentanyl” and other opioids, as well as other drugs like “LSD.” This makes it significantly harder for buyers to connect with dealers through Facebook. Facebook confirms it’s now removing content violating its drug policies, and it’s blocked hundreds of terms associated with drug sales from showing results.
Before the changes, users could find many vendors illegally selling opioids through posts, photos and Pages on Facebook and Instagram. The new actions follow Facebook shutting down some hashtags like “#Fentanyl” on Instagram.

14 years for Bonanno Gangster 'Ronnie G' Giallanzo

Ronald 'Ronnie G' Giallanzo, an acting captain in the Bonanno crime family, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a federal racketeering conspiracy charge and for violating conditions of his supervised release after being previously convicted of racketeering. Giallanzo was ordered to serve 14 years behind bars, pay $268k in restitution, forfeit $1.25m in assets and sell his mansion in Howard Beach.

Giallanzo participated in the loansharking scheme between 1998 and 2017, even while serving an eight-year prison sentence.
He provided borrowers with loans, charged exorbitant interest rates and demanded weekly payments. The ring gained more than $26 million in proceeds over 19 years. Four of Giallanzo’s associates — Evan Greenberg, 46; Richard Heck, 46; Michael Hintze, 52; and Robert Tanico, 50, — were previously convicted and sentenced. Five others — Michael Padavona, 50, Michael Palmaccio, 47, Robert Pisani, 45, Christopher Boothby, 39, and Nicholas Festa, 40 — are still awaiting sentencing.

See ----->Posh Giallanzo pad on the market for $ 2.9m

Mexico offers $1.56M for Nemesio 'El Mencho' Oseguera-Cervantes

Mexico is offering a 30 million pesos ($1.56m) reward for information leading to the arrest of drug lord Nemesio Oseguera-Cervantes. Known as "El Mencho," Oseguera-Cervantes has risen to become Mexico's most-wanted drug lord. In March, U.S. agents named El Mencho public enemy No. 1.
The US is offering $5m for information leading to his capture.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mafia concrete to blame for Genoa bridge collapse?

Engineers claim this was the case when the Morandi Viaduct in Genoa was built between 1963 and 1967.The Genoa bridge collapse raises claims 'mafia' companies were involved in its construction. Italy has long been plagued with corruption, particularly within the construction industry.
Investigations will probe whether the initial build was shoddy, or if lack of maintenance is to blame. This wouldn't be the first time Mafia-run firms have been blamed for poorly made infrastructure projects in Italy.

2 Hells Angels arrested in Quebec for drugs

OPP say two Hells Angels members have been arrested in a crackdown on a drug trafficking ring in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. Bernard Plourde, 55, is a member of the Trois-Rivieres chapter. He is facing charges of drug trafficking, conspiracy and gangsterism. Full patch Jean-Francois Bergeron was also arrested along with two other men. OPP say the arrests are the second phase of an operation dubbed 'Nocif.' (Toxic)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

66 charges laid against 4 Red Scorpion Gangsters

Four Red Scorpion gangsters, Kyle Latimer, Khaadim Coddett, Jacob Pereira and Andeuele Pikeintio, face a total of 66 charges, ranging from possession for the purpose of trafficking to firearms offences. $100k in drugs such as fentanyl, cocaine and heroin, weapons including two assault rifles, $52,000 in cash, $30,000 in jewelry and four luxury vehicles were seized.
Billie Kim, 33, James Souliere, 27, and Darryl Whitson, 27, also face numerous counts of trafficking and firearms. The investigation started with a 'dial-a-dope' drug line out of Richmond. The project targeted some of the same people named in a multi-agency gang investigation announced last week by Vancouver police.
See ----->Vancouver drug bust nets charges against 34 gangsters

Monday, August 13, 2018

'She showed me what love is meant to feel like': Bikie tough guy

A former Bandidos bikie president has revealed his softer side in a lengthy Instagram post after breaking up with his fiancée. Brett 'Kaos' Pechey announced his split with Gold Coast model Rikki Sutton to his 5,000 followers. They had been engaged since March. Pouring his poor heart out, he wrote: 'She showed me what love is meant to feel like.'

The break-up comes as Pechey prepares to face court for assaulting police during a suspected mental health break-down in March. Pechey armed himself with swords, threw a steel pipe at cops and launched an ironing board down the stairs at them.
Court heard he threatened to stab the 26 police officers at the scene if they didn't shoot him. He then tried to take his own life by consuming prescription drugs.