Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sam “Red” Levine

Samuel "Red" Levine (December 27, 1902 – April 7, 1972) was an American mobster, described as head of Lucky Luciano's hit squad of Jewish gangsters. He was an observant Jew and refrained from killing on the Sabbath if possible. Levine was a member of Murder Inc, and is credited with being the trigger man in the 1931 murder of Joe "The Boss" Masseria, the old-school mobster who helped found America's Cosa Nostra.
He was one of the three hitmen along with Joe Adonis, Albert "Mad Hatter" Anastasia and Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel sent by Meyer Lansky to assassinate the Sicilian Mafia boss Salvatore Maranzano. They managed to enter by posing as government agents. Once inside Maranzano's office on the 9th floor of The Helmsley Building, they disarmed the guards and shot and stabbed Maranzano to death.

Murder Inc. was believed to be responsible for between 400 and 1,000 contract killings, until the group was exposed in the early 1940s by former group member Abe "Kid Twist" Reles. In the trials that followed, many members were convicted and executed, and Abe Reles himself died after suspiciously falling from a window while under police protection.
Levine had a longstanding rivalry with fellow Murder Inc. hitman, Charles "The Bug" Workman. He was irritated that Workman took most of the murder contracts that would have otherwise gone to him. Levine once complained that "any time I've got a contract Charlie is around to do the killing."

There is no mention of him when most of Murder Inc. and their surrounding factions were rounded up and successfully prosecuted. He simply faded away into the background and was not heard from again.

Two Chinese accused of manufacturing 'tons of fentanyl'

Two Chinese men have been charged with manufacturing and selling “tons of fentanyl” and other powerful synthetic drugs, according to the Justice Department. DOJ officials announced the federal indictment of 40-year-old Xiaobang Yan and 38-year-old Jian Zhang—accusing the men of running two separate enterprises that they say led to deaths. Zhang is charged with running “at least four labs” that produced the drugs and sold them via the web.

Yan’s operation was discovered after a 2013 traffic stop in Mississippi that allowed authorities to trace him up the supply chain. Yan is said to have operated at least two chemical plants in China that had the capacity to manufacture tons of fentanyl. He would monitor drug legislation in the US and adapt the chemical composition of his drugs to skirt anti-drug laws
Federal agents identified more than 100 distributors of synthetic opioids that were involved with Yan’s manufacturing and distribution networks. Despite DoJ revelations they won’t likely be able to bring Zhang and Yan to the U.S. as there is no extradition treaty with China. The CDC estimates that over 20,000 Americans were killed by fentanyl and fentanyl analogues in 2016, and that number is rising at an exponential rate.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Major Cocaine Trafficker Perley Edmund Holmes claims discrimination

On the night of January 18, 2007, 50-year-old Perley Edmund Holmes found himself lying in the snow, flanked by a pair of backpacks stuffed with 62 kilograms of cocaine, desperately hiding in the bush from the lights of Washington state border police. Abandoning the drugs, agents later stopped Holmes in a vehicle, while a second man eluded agents and ran back into Canada.
Holmes was business manager of Iron Workers Local 97 in Burnaby at the time, and spent eight years in prison on a trafficking charge following his arrest. The cocaine had an estimated value of over $4.3 million. Holmes was welcomed back to full union membership and dispatched to work, but was denied the chance to get his old job back. He made a human rights complaint alleging he was a victim of discrimination. He is seeking redress, including damages. A paragraph in the union's constitution bans those convicted of certain criminal offences, including “violation of the narcotics laws.” A date for the hearing hasn’t been set.
RCMP found guns at his Bridesville home when they executed a search warrant there.

Massive Police Operation in Germany target HA

Over 700 police including special forces in 16 cities have raided about 50 properties. Due to the "dangerousness of some bikers" police used special task forces and dogs in some locations. HA are strongly entrenched in North Rhine-Westphalia. The biker gang and its purpose and activities are in violation of criminal law, according to the NRW interior ministry’s statement.
The ban was reportedly justified because of ample evidence, the gang had been monitored for some time.
“The law does not accept that parallel societies can proliferate in which their authority and monopoly on violence are ignored" said NRW interior minister Herbert Reul.
Police are confiscating assets, including motorcycles belonging to members. “The members of the organization have demonstrated they are criminals. Their everyday lives consist of violence, weapons, drugs and forced prostitution" said Raul. The ban is part of a zero-tolerance strategy of the state government against criminal biker gangs, he added.

The first German chapter of the Hells Angels was founded in 1970 in Hamburg. Hells Angels are notorious in Germany for their permanent links to corruption, violence, drug dealing, human trafficking, arms trading and murder. It is estimated upwards of 6,000 OMG members are effected by new German laws.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bronx drug Kingpin pulls 14 years

Bronx drug lord Jose 'Hippie' Mercedes was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being caught trying to pull off one of the biggest heroin deals in New York State history. He often sent relatives and even his own son as collateral for his multi-million dollar drug deals. Mercedes was caught with 70 pounds of heroin worth more than $50 million in 2015.

The 49-year-old kingpin ran the drug trafficking scheme from his apartment in the Bronx.
Mercedes imported his supply by land from the Sinaloa Cartel in Culiacán, Mexico. According to prosecutors he employed his son, brother, nieces and nephews in the business. Mercedes’ son suffered a serious head injury during one of the trips to Mexico.

Police also seized $2 million

Cops recovered 70 kilograms of heroin from the floor of a Chevrolet Suburban

Ex Nomad HA James Holland Whacked

Former B.C. Hells Angel James Clayton Holland, 43, was shot several times behind a marijuana dispensary in Toronto. He was once a member of the elite Nomads chapter of the Hells Angels, then based in Burnaby. He was kicked out of the HA on bad terms in 2006 after a dispute, but continued to operate in B.C. for years.

Before Holland relocated to Ontario, he often stayed in the Wall Centre hotel in Vancouver, where Holland’s close friend Sandip Duhre was murdered in January 2012.
Police would “always see his Lamborghini come tearing out of that Wall Centre parkade.”

Holland and Duhre were so close that Holland loaned Duhre a customized BMW that had been made bulletproof. A gunman opened fire on the car in July 2005, but the bullets bounced off.

Evidence linked Dean Michael Wiwchar as the triggerman to the 2012 Duhre murder, but he hasn't been charged.

Monday, October 16, 2017

42kg of Carfentanil seized in GTA

Police have seized 42 kilograms of carfentanil, saying it's believed to be the largest ever seizure of the drug in the country. Police also seized 33 guns and other prohibited devices in their search of a home.
Durham regional police seized 53 kilograms of unknown substances from a Pickering, Ontario home on September 20th and Health Canada has confirmed 42 kilograms of that was carfentanil. 33-year-old Maisum Ansari of Oshawa was charged with 337 firearm-related offences and possession of carfentanil for the purpose of trafficking.

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, meaning a dose of 0.02 mg is enough to kill a human being. That amount is smaller than a grain of salt. Police said the street value was estimated at $13 million, but that number is likely higher.

Mongrel Mob Boss fails to overturn Meth conviction

Mongrel Mob boss Jeremiah Christopher Sua has failed to convince the courts he's in prison for methamphetamine dealing because his lawyer was incompetent. The preacher's son, who became the Mongrel Mob's Manawatū president, was jailed in 2014 for five years and 11 months for his role in a methamphetamine supply ring.

Dubbed 'Operation Cargo' Sua and five others were nailed. Sua was charged with 11 offences, but pleaded guilty to two – supplying and conspiring to supply methamphetamine.
Despite the guilty pleas, the mobster claimed his lawyer failed him in many ways, including telling him he had no tenable defence and he would get a sentence of two years and six months' jail if he pleaded guilty.

Sua was also convicted in 2005 for methamphetamine trafficking. The court did not accept Sua's arguments, saying they were not credible. The Mongrel Mob is an organized street gang based in New Zealand that has a network of more than thirty chapters throughout the country. They have also expanded into Australia.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Jamie Bacon files 'Jordan' application

The trial for former Red Scorpions leader Jamie Bacon is set for March 2018, nearly nine years after he was arrested in a police take-down outside his Abbotsford home on April 4, 2009. Charges were laid in 2009 against four Red Scorpion gangsters, including the alleged plot mastermind, Jamie Bacon. Two of those charged, Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston, were convicted of first-degree murder in 2014 and sentenced to life in prison.

Like the pretrial proceedings, the 'Jordan' application will be held in a closed court with no access by the public or media. It's impossible to know why there have been so many delays in the Bacon matter because of the publication bans and closed hearings.
Bacon has been in pretrial custody for eight and a half years, a near record in B.C. Assuming credit for time and one half while in pre-trial custody, Bacon has already basically served the equivalent of an almost 13 year sentence. His 'Jordan' application was supposed to be heard on Sept. 11th. Another matter had precedence and it has yet to be rescheduled.

Many of those involved in the Surrey Six murder have been released. Red Scorpion founder Michael Le, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy is now out of jail after serving a three-year term. Sophon Sek, who pleaded guilty to break and enter for helping the killers access the suite, is up before the Parole Board next month.
Bacon won a court decision over his detention. The case over Bacon's jail conditions was decided in June 2010 with a scathing 103-page ruling that agreed Bacon’s rights had been violated when he was held in solitary confinement and locked down 23 hours a day, and had his phone privileges and visits curtailed without reason.

During the court proceedings, it came to light that all of Bacon’s calls to his lawyer had been recorded during an eight-month period in 2009.

Mafia kingpin arrested after trying to buy ticket to watch Napoli play Inter Milan

33-year-old mafia kingpin Emanuele Niola has been arrested... after he tried to buy a ticket to watch soccer club Napoli. He had been on the run since a Naples court gave him a six-year prison term for drug trafficking.

Niola was originally held in 2013 as part of a crackdown on the Camorra, southern Italy's network of organized crime. Niola is considered to be a prominent element of the Di Lauro clan's international drug cartel.
Niola was betrayed by his passion for Naples. The person who was trying to book tickets by phone said only the first name, stumbling on the second. Suspicious police traced the call and armed Carabinieri flooded the district - and nabbed the fugitive mobster at a car wash. Niola was a key member of the powerful Di Lauro clan, headed by godfather Marco Di Lauro with his sons.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Much Feared MS-13 leader Blanco captured in Guatemala

Angel Gabriel Reyes Marroquin, known as Blanco or White, was captured Friday, 30 miles west of Guatemala City. He is one of the most feared leaders of the Mara Salvatrucha gang – a criminal cartel that has terrorized Central America and the US.

Police believe he is responsible for 10 murders in the past month alone. The gang's violence is without peer.
Reyes was behind the storming of one of Guatemala City’s largest hospitals in August, leading his men into the wards to free another gang member, Anderson Daniel Cabrera Cifuentes. Seven people were killed and 12 wounded in the incident at the Roosevelt Hospital, which caused outrage in the country. Cifuentes escaped with Reyes.

Marroquin is described as one of nine national leaders of the Mara Salvatruchas, and has been accused of 287 murders.

In the 18 months before a recent Trump speech targeting MS-13, the gang had been implicated in 17 murders in Long Island alone.
MS-13 was founded in Los Angeles by Salvadoran migrants. In the 1990s the US deported tens of thousands of undocumented gang members back to Central America, where the gang flourished. There are now believed to be more than 70,000 members in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
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