Friday, December 15, 2017
|Mexican drug traffickers have begun to set up their own laboratories to produce fentanyl, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. The US has put pressure on China to crack down on laboratories exporting fentanyl to the US market. Precursor chemicals have been found in Mexico and manufacturing labs are beginning to develop.|
In March the UN drugs body named two precursors, 4-anilino-N-phenethylpiperidine (ANPP) and N-phenethyl-4-piperidone (NPP) to their controlled list. An analog called butyrfentanyl was also added. In October the precursors were placed under international control.
|In May police raided a Northborough Mass storage facility and seized about 50 kilograms of N-Phenethyl-4-piperidinone. That amount of NPP could theoretically produce more than 19 million pills of fentanyl. Potential street value according to the police was $570 million.|
Thursday, December 14, 2017
|Dutch Schultz (born Arthur Flegenheimer; August 6, 1902 – October 24, 1935) was a New York City-area Jewish American gangster who made his fortune in organized crime-related activities such as bootlegging, loan sharking and the numbers racket.|
Along with other rackets, Schultz began extorting New York restaurant owners and workers. Those gangsters who skimmed the take did not last long.
|"Dutch Schultz was ugly; he had been drinking and suddenly he had his gun out. Schultz wore his pistol under his vest, tucked inside his pants, right against his belly. One jerk at his vest and he had it in his hand. All in the same quick motion he swung it up, stuck it in Jules Martin's mouth and pulled the trigger. It was as simple and undramatic as that—just one quick motion of the hand. Dutch Schultz did that murder just as casually as if he were picking his teeth.”|
|As Martin contorted on the floor, Schultz apologized to Davis for killing someone in front of him. When Davis later read a newspaper story about Martin's murder, he was shocked to find out that the body was found on a snow bank with a dozen stab wounds to the chest. When Davis asked Schultz about this, the boss dead-panned, "I cut his heart out."|
At the time of the Martin killing, Schultz was fighting a federal tax evasion case: U.S. Attorney Thomas Dewey had set his sights on convicting Schultz. Schultz was convicted of the charges, but they were soon overturned.
Dutch Schultz at the N.Y. Courthouse in 1935.
|Schultz went before the Mafia Commission and asked permission to kill Dewey. All were against it because the full weight of the law would come down on them.|
Schultz was furious at the outcome of the vote; he accused the Commission of trying to steal his rackets and "feed him to the law." After Schultz left in a rage, the Commission decided to kill him. Albert Anastasia sent Jewish mobster Louis Buchalter.
Bonanno family boss Joseph Bonanno thought the idea was "insane."
|At 10:15 p.m. on October 23, 1935, Schultz was shot multiple times at the Palace Chophouse at 12 East Park Street in Newark, New Jersey. Doctors performed surgery but were unaware of the extent of damage done to his abdominal organs by a ricocheting bullet.|
They were also unaware that the gunmen had intentionally used rust-coated bullets in an attempt to give Schultz a fatal bloodstream infection (septicemia) should he survive the gunshot. Schultz lingered for 22 hours before dying of peritonitis. Two bodyguards and Schultz's accountant were also killed.
|Though estimated to be worth over $7 million (128m in 2017 dollars) when he died, no trace of his wealth has ever been found. It is thought Schultz hid his treasure in a safe somewhere in the Catskill Mountain range. |
The story says he stashed away millions somewhere in the heavily forested area of Phoenicia, New York. When Schultz was gunned down in 1935, the location of his vast fortune died with him.
|The UN says the trade and growing abuse of tramadol, a synthetic opioid, are destabilizing parts of West Africa. The nonmedical use of tramadol has become a major health crisis in areas like northern Mali and Niger. Less stigmatized than other opioids, tramadol as a prescription medication can be accessed and transported more easily.|
Tramadol is being used as a money generator for terror groups.
|Tramadol can produce similar effects as other opioid medications, such as morphine and oxycodone. It gives users a sense of detachment from reality and makes them delusional. Tramadol is regularly found in the pockets of suspects arrested for terrorism. The dosage used is often four or five times higher than the recommended dose. |
More than 3 tons of the drug were seized last year in sub-Saharan Africa, up from 300 kilograms four years ago.
|34-year-old Luke Joshua Cook and his Thai wife Kanyarat Wedphitak were arrested at Bangkok's main airport on Saturday for attempting to smuggle half a tonne of crystal meth into Thailand in 2015. Cook's arrest comes amid a widening crackdown against the Hells Angels, who have chapters in Bangkok and Pattaya.|
Cook is believed to have helped Australian Antonio Bagnato, 28, escape to Cambodia after the murder of Wayne Schneider.
|Authorities describe the HA as a "big transnational crime organisation which is escalating its operations in Thailand" The Australian Hells Angels are notorious for prostitution, racketeering, drugs and arms trafficking, and they have expanded operations into Thailand as authorities tighten the noose on their home soil.|
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
John 'Johnny Boy' Ambrosio
|Seven members of two of New York's most notorious crime families have been arrested on a slew of charges which include racketeering, drug trafficking, loansharking and illegal gambling.
The men are members of the Gambino and Bonnano families and are accused of contributing to each's criminal empire in Long Island between 2014 and 2017. The oldest is John 'Johnny Boy' Ambrosio, a captain in the Gambino family, who is 74.|
Frank 'Frankie Boy' Salerno, 43 is a soldier in the Bonnano family whereas all the others are associates or members of the Gambino family.
|Five of the men are accused of drug trafficking offenses for selling cocaine, marijuana and Xanax in large quantities.
Prosecutors say Salerno and Saladino sourced the drugs in kilograms then sold it to the others to be distributed.
Between February and June 2016, one undercover agent claims to have bought almost a kilogram from them in 12 different sales. |
In an exchange caught on tape, Saladino told a victim: 'If you don’t give me my fucking money… I don’t know if you know who I am and where I come from, but I promise you, you will never walk again.' The Gambino family boss, rumored to be Frank Cali, was not included in the indictment nor was Michael 'The Nose' Manusco, the suspected head of the Bonnano family.
Michael "Mikey Nose" Mancuso
|A notorious gangster was killed and another seriously wounded in a suspected tit-for-tat shooting at an ariport on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica.
Antoine "Tony the Butcher" Quilichini, 49, died on the spot from a bullet to the head and Jean-Luc Codaccioni, 54, was flown by helicopter to hospital after being shot in a carpark at the airport at Bastia on the north of the island.|
|Quilichini was convicted in 2016 in the murder Jean-Claude Colonna, the cousin of mafia boss Jean-Baptiste Jérôme Colonna. Quilichini is an associate of a notorious gang in the north of the island.|
Corsica has a long history of organized crime, including heroin smuggling that inspired the 1972 film The French Connection.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
|There are signs of change in Britain's cocaine market. Though overall use has not increased, supply has soared and dealers are offering a purer product. Data on small-scale drug busts show that cocaine purity rose steadily from 26% in 2011 to 44% in 2015.|
|It was reported in July that a European branch of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel had formed an alliance with a Romanian criminal group in order to smuggle narcotics into the UK. The Netherlands and Spain are the principal transit hubs for cocaine moving to the UK. Upwards of 100 metric tons of cocaine is shipped to the UK each year.|
Surprisingly, street prices have not budged, even as wholesale prices fall. That is partly because cocaine has a known street price of £40 ($53) per gram. Raise it, and users go elsewhere; lower it and they suspect an inferior product.
|Britain’s import boom has been fuelled by Colombia's increased production of coca, from 49,000 hectares in 2012 to 146,000 in 2016. The collapse in 2014-15 of the Colombian peso against the dollar made exporting that much more profitable. More and better cocaine will only lead to more people getting hooked faster say experts.|
|It has been 40 years since the Popeyes de Sorel officially became the Hells of Montreal.|
It was the first location of the famous biker group in the country.
|In addition to a big party on Saturday night, some members will attend a mixed martial arts event tonight at the Bell Center for the TKO 41 event.|
After SharQc in 2009, the Hells took a few years to reorganize. They have now regained virtual complete control of the drug market in Quebec and are as strong as ever.
|The B.C. Coroners Service says the latest death figure of 1,208 compares with 683 during the same period last year. Fentanyl was detected in 83% of the confirmed and suspected deaths so far in 2017, an increase of 136 per cent from the same period last year.|
|A vessel carrying 3,800 pounds of cocaine was recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard near Texas on Nov. 13. The drugs were found in a self-propelled, semi-submersible narco sub, each of which can cost $750,000.|
Monday, December 11, 2017
|The strip club from The Sopranos sleeps with the fishes. Satin Dolls, the New Jersey club known as the Bada Bing from HBO’s Sopranos mafia drama, has been ordered to cease operations because of its real-life Mafia ties.|
| Anthony Cardinalle, a gangster connected to the Genovese crime family defied an order from the Division of Alcohol Beverage Control that barred his family from running the Satin Dolls and another lounge, A.J.’s Gentleman’s Club. The owners of the clubs, who were members of Cardinalle’s mob family, also “failed to account for large amounts of cash flowing in and out of the businesses.”|
The federal government indicted Cardinalle—'Tony'—in January 2013 for his part in a conspiracy related to the waste-disposal industry in New Jersey and New York.
Cardinalle pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit extortion.