Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2 charged in Alberta for making machine guns

Jacob Balan and Amy Brogden are facing 62 charges connected to the seizure of machine guns.
The Alberta Guns and Gangs Unit said it’s busted a gun manufacturing operation west of Edmonton that may have been supplying criminal organizations with homemade machine guns. ALERT said it searched three homes, two in Edmonton and one in Parkland County, and seized four prohibited firearms that were allegedly manufactured at a property in Parkland County.
9mm updated Ingram MAC-11 Submachine gun
Seized weapons included a Beretta with a suppressor, a modified Suomi submachine gun with two oversized magazines and two homemade MAC-11 submachine guns outfitted with suppressors and oversized magazines. Police say the MAC-11s were manufactured at a professional grade machinist shop with professional grade equipment and fabrication tools.

Jacob Balan, 37, and Amy Brogden, 29, are facing 62 charges, including making an automatic firearm, four counts of firearms trafficking and four counts of possession of a firearm for the purpose of trafficking. It is thought 6 MAC-11s are in the hands of gangsters.

Mexican troops seize 140 pounds of fentanyl at U.S. border

Soldiers at a highway checkpoint found over 140 pounds of fentanyl packed in plastic-wrapped bricks hidden behind sheet metal in the floor of a truck trailer. Soldiers also found three bags containing almost 30,000 fentanyl pills. The truck was heading from Mexico City to Tijuana when it was stopped at checkpoint in San Luis Rio Colorado, near Yuma, Arizona.
Another truck was found further west along the border carrying 60.6 pounds of heroin.
Fentanyl has become a favorite of Mexican cartels because it is extremely potent, popular in the United States — and immensely profitable. Mexican cartels are using their own labs to produce the drug, as well as receiving shipments from China. A kilogram of heroin purchased from Colombia for roughly $6,000 can be sold wholesale for $80,000. But a kilogram of pure fentanyl, purchased from China for less than $5,000, can be stretched into 16 to 24 kilograms with cutting agents like talcum powder or caffeine. Each kilogram can then be sold wholesale for $80,000 — for a total profit in the neighborhood of $1.6 million.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hells Angels, Banditos tangle outside Chicago

A brawl involving upwards of 75 bikers resulted in injuries and charges, the most serious of which is assaulting an officer with a knife. Tensions were brewing throughout the evening as officers were already outside the bar, standing across the street from the combatants before the fight actually started.

Two handguns, multiple knives and other weapons were seized.

Wolfpack alliance fingered in GTA violence

There have been over a dozen unsolved shootings, explosions and killings in Ontario this year as the result of a power struggle that was sparked off by the December 2013 death of Vito Rizzuto, who was long regarded as Canada’s most powerful mobster. The leadership vacuum has attracted newcomers who are eager to challenge the old guard. It has also triggered intense infighting inside what’s left of the old Rizzuto organization in Ontario.

The genesis of the Wolfpack was the Hells Angels, the Red Scorpions and the Independent Soldiers, who formed an alliance against the Duhre/Dhak group and some United Nations gang members in B.C. While the Dhak/Duhre group has lost strength with the execution of their respective leaders, the UN gang remains well entrenched.

Angelo Musitano was fatally shot in May.

Cosimo (The Quail) Commisso
The Wolfpack is a rapidly evolving group disrupting established organized crime. Their members don’t have blood or ethnic ties or a code of conduct or even a rigid hierarchy. They’re generally young and tech savvy.

In contrast, the ’Ndrangheta is steeped in a highly structured, quasi-religious criminal tradition. The violence is between the newcomers aligned with the Wolfpack, and the old guard in the ’Ndrangheta. The Commisso clan has a branch in the Greater Toronto Area, which is part of the wider Siderno Group.

Larry Amero
Mexican drug cartels have expanded their influence in Canada and have connected with the new aggressive groups like the Wolfpack, providing them limitless access to drugs. The violence between the newcomers aligned with the Wolfpack, and the old guard in the ’Ndrangheta, isn’t expected to end anytime soon, as the Wolfpack has aligned itself with enemies of ’Ndrangheta. Last month police warned two York Region men who are considered senior members of the Commisso family that there are credible threats on their lives. The men declined police protection.

Monday, August 21, 2017

HA enforcer Paris Christoforou shot

HA Paris Christoforou, left, Mark Peretz
Hells Angels enforcer Paris Christoforou was one of the targets of a failed murder attempt last week in Toronto. Christoforou suffered non-life threatening injuries after a gunman opened fire. His longtime associate Mark Peretz was seriously injured. Christoforou and Peretz made the news a dozen years ago when they were both sentenced to nine years in prison for a botched 2004 gangland hit that paralyzed Louise Russo, an innocent bystander, from the waist down.
An extraordinary deal that saw the gangsters and the attorney general agree to a restitution payment to Louise Russo of $2 million, delivered in cash — mostly $20 bills, left no doubt it was the proceeds of underworld activities. Sources say the money was definitely a factor considered by the Crown during sentencing negotiations with the defence lawyers. They agreed on a length that was at the low range for the crimes of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. In other words, the money bought the men a far shorter sentence.

That deal, say critics, demonstrated how a criminal with access to dirty money is in a different position from a criminal without.
Police believe the murder attempts are connected to a dissolving business partnership involving a member of the London, Ontario Hells Angels. That relationship crumbled over allegations that the biker skimmed proceeds from an online gambling enterprise. Sources say a string of more than a dozen unsolved violent incidents this year in the GTA is centered around a struggle for drug trafficking and online gambling revenues.
Illegal gambling has been particularly contentious since Vito Rizzuto’s death and the 2013 dismantling of Platinum Sports Book, an illegal internet-based gambling network. “Everyone’s fighting for control of the sports book,” said a GTA police source.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Francesco Del Balso a walking target, release revoked

Francesco 'Chit' Del Balso
Francesco Del Balso is convinced the armed men who stormed into his home in May and terrorized his children intended to kill him. Although he and his family were the victims of the home invasion, it set off a chain of events that saw Del Balso returned to the relative safety of a federal penitentiary to continue serving the overall 15-year sentence he received in 2008.

Del Balso spoke at length about the home invasion during a hearing and said it left him in shock for weeks because his family was at risk.
Del Balso was away from home when he received a text message from his 12-year son that sent chills through his body. "Daddy. Daddy. Help help help. There’s a man with a gun”. The 12-year-old boy was upstairs at the time while one of the armed men was on the main floor pointing a gun at his brother, demanding to know where Del Balso was. Del Balso called 911 and headed for his home, and he arrived at the same time as police. By then, the two armed men had fled. Marc Berthelot and David Cormier were in a car that was pulled over by Laval police minutes later. The Parole Board of Canada found a photo of a firearm and other photos “linked to the Hells Angels” on Berthelot's phone January 30th.
Marc Laflamme Berthelot
“I felt like a sitting duck,” Del Balso said explaining why he “ripped off” an ankle bracelet with a GPS tracking device that he agreed to wear. He said he left the bracelet on the lawn of his home in the hopes it would draw more police officers to his home and protect his family. He disappeared for more than two hours before turning himself in to the Laval police.
“I know someone wants to kill me. I have to watch myself,” Del Balso said.
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Montreal Mafiaso Antonio De Blasio whacked in St-Léonard

Police have identified Antonio De Blasio, 45, as the man shot and killed Wednesday. During Project Magot, an investigation that targeted the leaders of various criminal organizations, De Blasio was observed meeting with mob leader Stefano Sollecito and Danny Sprinces Cadet, an influential street gang leader who has ties to the Hells Angels. No arrests have been made. This is Montreal’s 15th homicide in 2017.

Former NYPD cop Michael Rizzi who married into the mob pulls 15 months

Retired NYPD cop, Michael Rizzi
A former NYPD officer who married into the mob was sentenced in May to 15 months for a high end prostitution operation he ran.

Michael Rizzi, an officer from 1992 to 2000, admited to profiting from roughly two dozen prostitution businesses, including dozens of round-the-clock online operations that provided door-to-door service of women to johns. The Staten Island resident had pleaded guilty in October 2016 to money laundering conspiracy for an operation that raked in more than $2 million in credit card transactions alone between October 2012 and May 2016.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that it had taken steps to “restrain” Rizzi's websites.
Rizzi is married to Jill Juliano, the daughter of Gambino crime family soldier Richard Juliano, whose older brother is Joseph (Sonny) Juliano, a powerful Brooklyn-based capo overseeing their waterfront operations.

Authorities had alleged that Rizzi’s operation replaced the shuttered Pure Platinum Models, a Manhattan-based online prostitution site taken down by police years ago. His Staten Island based business went under the name MJM/Manhattan Stakes and Entertainment, or BJM. Some of its customers spent as much as $100,000 each, with one spending $25,000 for a single night.

Francesco Paolo Augusto Calì is the boss of the Gambino crime family.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Satan’s Choice MC back in Ontario

The grinning devil patch of the Satan’s Choice Motorcycle Club is back. Once the second largest outlaw motorcycle club in the world, the Satan’s Choice folded in late 2000 when it was absorbed by the Hells Angels.

A group of Durham and Ottawa-area bikers have re-established the Satan’s Choice club, which will likely upset the Hells Angels.
Satan's Choice had existed as a club since the 1950s in Toronto, however they were not a '1%er' outlaw motorcycle club until 1965. The old Satan’s Choice had many well-publicized clashes with the law. A spokesman says they are "all law-abiding citizens" this time around.

The new Satan’s Choice reformed in Ottawa last month and reportedly has 48 members and two prospects. Biker cop Len Isnor of the OPP Biker Enforcement Unit says “It’s a bit shocking”

Salvatore "Toto" Riina - The Beast

Salvatore "Toto" Riina in 1993
​A ​ruthless Sicilian mob boss ​known as “The Beast” — who once ordered a hit on Rudy Giuliani and had a 13-year-old boy dissolved in acid — ​has been refused release from prison so that he can “die with dignity.”

Italy’s supreme court had ruled in June that Riina, who suffers from terminal kidney cancer, heart disease and Parkinson’s disease ​— ought to be considered for release.

Toto Riina escorted to his trial
On July 20th the parole board in Bologna, near Parma, where the gang boss is locked up disagreed. Chief Mafia prosecutor Fran​​co Roberti said Riina still poses a threat to society. "Riina is still the head of La Cosa Nostra” he said. For years, Riina was also known as the Sicilian Mafia’s “Boss of all Bosses.”

While behind bars, he notoriously ordered the murder of ​the 13 year-old boy, who was strangled ​before his body ​was partially ​dissolved in a vat of acid in 1996. The cowardly act — one of at least 150 murders to which Riina has been linked — was in retaliation for the boy’s father having ratted out the mob boss​.
He was behind the assassinations of anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992.

Riina ordered the murder of then-US Attorney Rudy Giuliani in the 1980s, going so far as sending an assassin to the United States to murder the future mayor because of Giuliani’s friendship with Giovanni Falcone. Riina changed his mind at the last moment, fearing US attacks on the Sicilian mob.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

9 P.E.I. men with Hells Angels ties charged

The nine were escorted to court in an armoured truck.
Nine men affiliated with the Hells Angels have been charged under the Criminal Code's organized crime legislation. All are from P.E.I., and each is charged with four counts related to lotteries and games of chance, including participating in a criminal organization and committing an offence for a criminal organization. Police say the men are "hangarounds" with the Hells Angels Woodbridge (Ontario) chapter. Members of the new “hangaround” HA chapter were first spotted in January sporting the patches that say “Woodbridge”
The men are:
  • Ronald Joseph Dean Cook, 46, of Charlottetown.
  • Blake Edward Culleton, 34, of Kensington, P.E.I.
  • Corey Gordon Falls, 29, of Charlottetown.
  • Robert "Bobby" Vernon Falls, 63, of Charlottetown.
  • Brad Charles Gallant, 26, of North Rustico, P.E.I.
  • Ian Roulston Kennedy, 53, of Brudenell, P.E.I.
  • Kenneth Boyde MacLeod, 48, of Murray River, P.E.I.
  • Shawn Gregory Paquet, 29, of Charlottetown.
  • Tristan Edward Watts, 19, of Grand Tracadie, P.E.I.
The men were arrested at their clubhouse and were held overnight. Gang items were also seized from the clubhouse. The men appeared and were released on condition that they don't have any contact with each other, and don't attend their clubhouse.
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Cocaine Smuggler Harinder Dhaliwal pulls 20 years

Harinder Dhaliwal, 47, of Brampton has been sentenced to 20 years in a U.S. federal prison for his role in a massive smuggling operation that sent more than $130 million worth of drugs between the United States and Canada. Prosecutors say the operation involving Dhaliwal and at least six others sent cocaine from the United States into Canada and marijuana and ecstasy from Canada to the United States between 2006 and 2011. The drugs were hidden in secret compartments in the floors of tractor-trailers.
Dhaliwal admitted he helped transport more than 3,000 kilograms of cocaine, mostly through New York, in transport trucks crossing several international bridges. 230 kilograms of cocaine was seized.
Richmond resident Alvin Randhawa was sentenced to over seven years in jail following his conviction in the cocaine smuggling ring. Randhawa's older brother Alexie was also in a US prison from another cocaine smuggling operation. He served four years before returning to Canada and his $55 per hour job as a Vancouver dockworker. The fallout from Alvin and Alexie Randhawa's drug smuggling hit their brother Arun Randhawa who is also a longshoreman. Arun argued in court that it's unfair to deny him a special security pass because of his brothers' crimes. He lost. Like most wholesale drug operations the Hells Angels were involved according to police.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

'Mob Links' Foiled Donald Trump's Plan For Sydney Casino

President Donald Trump's bid to open the first casino in Sydney in the 1980s was thwarted by the New South Wales government due to "mafia connections".

In 1987 Trump’s joint venture with the Queensland-based Kern Corporation was one of the four bidders for the casino's tender.

Salvatore "Salvie" Testa
What swung the decision against Trump were his dealings with mob-related personalities while buying property to further his casino establishments in Atlantic City. To enlarge Trump Plaza in the early 80s, Trump bought a nightclub that was owned by Salvatore 'Salvie' Testa and Frank Narducci Jr, mob hitmen known as the Young Executioners.

The two worked for Atlantic City’s mob boss Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo. Trump eventually bought the 5,000-square-foot lot that had been bought five years earlier for $195,000 for $1.1 million, more than twice it's market value.

Nicodemo 'Little Nicky' Scarfo

Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno
Trump hired mobbed-up firms to erect Trump Tower and his Trump Plaza apartment building in Manhattan, including buying overpriced concrete from a company controlled by mafia chieftains Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno and Paul Castellano. That story eventually came out in a federal investigation, which also concluded that the Trump Plaza apartment building most likely benefited from connections to racketeering. Salerno, Castellano and other organized crime figures controlled the ready-mix business in New York.

The indictment on which Salerno was convicted in 1988 and sent to prison, where he died, listed the nearly $8 million contract for concrete at Trump Plaza.

Paul Castellano

Donald Trump with editor Edward Kosner, center, and Roy Cohn, a Trump mentor and lawyer whose clients included bosses Salerno and Castellano.
In the summer of 1982 there was citywide strike—but the concrete work continued at the Trump Tower. It was a multitude of deals such as these that fueled rumors of Trump’s association with the mafia. Trump's Taj Mahal casino was fined $10 million for the money laundering that occurred over it's lifetime.

Thanks in large part to the laxity of New Jersey gaming investigators, Trump has never had to address his extensive dealings with mobsters head-on. On the campaign trail, Trump was coy about his past dealings with unsavory characters. But he couldn’t resist Trumpisms: "I've known some tough cookies over the years"