Monday, April 24, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
|On January 14th, two men followed a customer into a Best Buy outlet in Burlington, where one of the pair called the store and claimed that the customer was involved in a possible fraud, distracting staff while the duo stole gaming consoles. Afterward, the two also broke into the customer’s car and stole about $3,100 worth of merchandise.|
Investigators identified Blanchard. Charged with theft and mischief, Blanchard has a court date in Milton, Ontario on April 26.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
|Throughout the U.S., carfentanil is being found in cocaine, counterfeit pills, methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs. It can also be found in liquid form. |
The situation is the same in Canada. Carfentanil was seized during a drug bust in Hinton. Inmates have been overdosing at Drumheller Institution from carfentanil. Carfentanil has been detected in Port Alberni and the Alberni Valley. It has appeared in drugs seized north of Toronto in Richmond Hill.
|Last September, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency issued a warning to law enforcement about carfentanil. Those warnings are proving frighteningly accurate.|
Carfentanil is 100 times deadlier than fentanyl, which is 50 times deadlier than heroin.
|Omid Tahvili is an Iranian-Canadian gangster who is the kingpin of an organized crime family in Canada which is connected to various international crime organizations. Tahvili came to Canada from Iran in 1994. In November 2000, he was arrested with his brother-in-law for possession of 3 kilograms (6.6 lb) of cocaine. Tahvili was found not guilty. By 2003, the RCMP recognized Tahvili as leading one of the main criminal organizations operating out of an Iranian community in Canada. At that time, dozens of Iranian expatriates were working under him|
|From 1999 to 2002, he ran a fraudulent telemarketing business that targeted elderly people in the United States, stealing approximately US$3 million from hundreds of victims. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Tahvili and he was charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, telemarketing fraud and aiding and abetting.|
Tahvili was arrested in B.C. on an extradition warrant and ordered extradited to the United States on May 4, 2007. In November, while appealing, Tahvili escaped from the maximum-security North Fraser pre-trial facility where he was being held.
|Prison guard Edwin Ticne helped Omid Tahvili escape for $ 50,000. Surveillance video from the night of the escape showed Ticne leading Tahvili, dressed as a cleaner, through four security gates to freedom. Ticne was sentenced to three years and three months in jail.|
|A year later Tahvili called the RCMP and said he was in Toronto. He indicated he would surrender on the promise he wouldn't be extradited to the US. Caller ID showed he was calling from Toronto, but police were skeptical. They believe he fled to his native Iran, which does not have an extradition treaty with Canada. Tahvili has connections throughout Canada, Europe and the Middle East, and remains an international fugitive.|
Friday, April 21, 2017
|The informer said he was one of the UN members aiding the hunt of the Bacons.|
“The Hells Angels had agreed to put up a portion of a bounty for individual Bacon brothers and at least one of their associates that I can remember. And they had given Clay (Roueche) an advance of $50,000 to help with the effort being made to target the Bacon brothers and their associates.” Roueche was more determined to resolve the Bacon problem after he was shot at by Bacon associate Lance Wust inside a restaurant.
|The informant described another shooting. UN member Conor D’Monte and his brother Ciaran were at a Chilliwack nightclub when they were spotted by a rival group. “An individual had followed them into the parking lot and produced a firearm and fired shots in their direction and hit his brother in the abdominal area”.|
Ciaran D’Monte survived the shooting. Conor D’Monte is also charged in the Bacon conspiracy and the murder of LeClair, but he remains a fugitive.
He starting working for Roueche. “I looked up to them. They were what I wanted to be. They had nice cars, they had girls. They had money. They had respect. It was a fast life and I wanted a part of it" Roueche eventually gave him two gold bands with the words United and Nations on them. He was in the gang.|
The day before United Nations gang leader Clay Roueche was arrested as he tried to enter Mexico, he and an associate chatted. Roueche had already started packing for the trip, which he expected to last just “five or six days." 24 hours later he would be sitting in a jail cell, turned away from Mexico and facing a series of conspiracy and money laundering charges that cost him 30 years behind bars.
|The recordings told a story of a gang leader enthusiastically discussing drug deals, gun purchases, international connections, rivalries and alliances. Roueche joked with one associate that his cell phone might be bugged by police. And when he was chatting in the apartment of another associate, which was also bugged by police, they both expressed concern that a girlfriend of Lou Kaawach, their connection in Mexico, was an undercover operator.|
“We are going to take you for a ride in Guadalajara and throw you in the ditch and say sayonara,” Roueche said, laughing. Kaawach was gunned down in Guadalajara in July 2008 along with Elliot (Taco) Castaneda, another UN gang member from Abbotsford. Both murders remain unsolved.
Shane Dankoski, Sukh Dhak
|On January 6th Shane Timothy Dankoski pleaded guilty to one count of “enhancing the ability of the said criminal organization to facilitate or commit an indictable offence in the murder of Jonathan Bacon and the attempted murder of James Riach, Larry Amero, Leah Hadden-Watts and Lindsay Black.”|
The organization is not named but the killers are, the Dhak's Manjinder Hairan, Jujhar Khun-Khun, Jason McBride and Michael Jones.
|Less than three weeks before Dankowski was sentenced, the guilty plea of Sophon Sek was entered. Sek was paid $25,000 by the Red Scorpions gang to get them into Corey Lal’s apartment where they gunned down six people in October 2007. |
Sek had been charged with manslaughter, but he pleaded guilty to a single count of break and enter instead. He was sentenced to a year in jail.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
|Harinder Dhaliwal, 47, of Brampton, Ont. pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to smuggle more than $120 million worth of cocaine from the U.S. into Canada. Dhaliwal admitted to being part of an international conspiracy that trafficked more than 3,000 kilograms of cocaine worth $120 million between 2007 and 2011.|
Dhaliwal conspired with Ravinder Arora, Michael Bagri, Parminder Sidhu, Alvin Randhawa, Gursharan Singh and Huy Hong Nguyen.
|Conspirators used tractor-trailers with false compartments in the floor of the vehicles. Dhaliwal and others used steel tubing, kick plates and other supplies they purchased to fabricate the false compartments in several tractor-trailers.
Ledgers seized during the federal investigation detailed at least a dozen smuggling trips that were made from late 2009 to September 2010 that involved about 1,617 kilograms of cocaine.|
Dhaliwal faces a minimum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced.