Monday, April 24, 2017

Imported Career Criminal Afshin Ighani Maleki

A man accused of a shooting in Oliver last week and the subject of a subsequent manhunt by South Okanagan RCMP is now back behind bars. Afshin Ighani Maleki was arrested April 22 following a chase through the South Okanagan and Similkameen valleys that included road blocks and allegations he took a hostage to escape.

Questions are being raised about why he's in Canada at all. Maleki was first subject to a deportation order in 2002 after he was convicted of possessing a restricted weapon. His deportation order was appealed that same year and the removal order was held for five years.
Maleki was convicted of four offences in May 2007 including cocaine trafficking and possession of a firearm. Ighani, 45, has been charged with attempted murder in relation to the latest incident. He's also facing charges of uttering threats and possessing a firearm without authorization. In a statement, RCMP said Ighani was considered armed and dangerous.

Hamilton police raid urban pot farm after Post reveals link to murdered Toronto mobster

Police raided the building in Hamilton on April 11th, five days after the Post published a report on the facility’s connection to organized crime figure Antonio Sergi, a mob-linked Toronto man known as “Tony Large” who was shot in his driveway last month. By the time officers arrived at the marijuana grow all plants and people were gone.
Antonio 'Tony Large' Sergi
The dilapidated building, a former bar called Boomers, looked abandoned and derelict when it was operating. The smell of marijuana wafted from it when a reporter visited on April 5th. Antonio Sergi, who was shot dead in his Toronto driveway on March 31st, was involved in the medical marijuana industry, including a bid to unionize growers and the shady operation of his urban pot farm.
His vision of a province-wide union fell apart in a series of ruinous events: he was arrested in 2014 in a large Toronto drug case; medical marijuana laws changed; and people realized his union was a scam. Tony Large was even so bold to swear in court documents that his operation was issued a license by Health Canada. That was false. Around the same time, his criminal ties to a crew of known mobsters also fell apart.
Carmelo Bruzzese, Rocco Remo Commisso, Salvatore and Antonio Coluccio

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Canada’s craftiest robber Gerald Blanchard back in the spotlight

Gerald Blanchard most famous feat was the theft of one of the Sisi’s stars, a jewel once belonging to 19th-century Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Also known as the Koechert Diamond Pearl, the pendant mysteriously disappeared from the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna in June, 1998. He had managed to unscrew the glass display case without activating its sensors and replaced the jewel with a gift-shop replica. The switch wasn’t noticed for weeks.

Before this and after a stint in an Iowa penitentiary, he was deported to Canada in 1997. Within a few years, he was settled in Vancouver and was ostensibly a real estate mogul. He claimed to own properties in Canada and Mexico and had accounts with two Canadian banks and banks in France, Britain, Poland, Jamaica and Turks and Caicos.
In May, 2004, someone robbed a new branch of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Winnipeg, siphoning half a million dollars from its ATMs the weekend before its official opening. It was Blanchard. Court evidence showed that he had concealed a pinhole camera in a thermostat to spy on workers setting up the ATMs. He had also figured out how to unscrew and disable the ATM’s high-security Mas Hamilton locks.

But he made a critical mistake. An employee at the Wal-Mart next door noticed a suspicious van outside the bank. It was rented in Mr. Blanchard’s name. “It [provided] a starting point which, had we not obtained it, would have resulted in the file still being unsolved today,”
Through wiretaps police determined that he had been involved in a string of bank robberies in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver, in addition to running several credit card frauds.

He eventually led police to his grandmother’s basement in Winnipeg, where he had hidden the Koechert Diamond Pearl. Nine months after his arrest, Blanchard pleaded guilty to 16 charges and was sentenced to six years. In June, 2009, he was granted day parole and moved to a Vancouver halfway house.

In recent years, Gerald Blanchard built a life working as a drone operator and videographer in British Columbia.
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

Carfentanil sweeping across North America

Maryland officials said that three people have died of overdoses of the synthetic drug carfentanil. One day after announcing Wisconsin's first death attributed to carfentanil the county's medical examiner said the drug is to blame for two more deaths in Milwaukee. In Illinois carfentanil has killed two in Sangamon County in the past two weeks. Carfentanil was found near the scene of a pair of fatal drug overdoses in Colorado. In Minnesota authorities said that carfentanil is to blame for five recent overdose deaths. In South Carolina another two deaths have recently been confirmed.
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.

International Fugitive Omid Tahvili

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

Former UN gangster paid $300,000 by police to rat - Update HA put bounty on Bacons

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.

Lance Wust

Conor D’Monte
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.
A former United Nations gangster, whose identity is protected by a publication ban said he was paid more than $300,000 by police to co-operate at the murder trial of Cory Vallee.

Vallee is charged with conspiracy to kill the Bacon brothers and their Red Scorpion associates. He is also charged with first-degree murder for the shooting of Bacon associate Kevin LeClair in a Langley parking lot in February 2009.
The informant said another reason he turned to police is because he was upset about the murder of a young man he knew only as “Whitey.” Ryan “Whitey” Richards, 19, was found murdered in Abbotsford on March 30, 2009. No one has been charged in his murder.

The witness testified that he got to know some members of the UN gang in the early 2000s when he was running a dial-a-dope line in Abbotsford. “Clay Roueche is someone I was starting to see more and more frequently”. He said the boss of his drug line was “getting his supply from Clay.”
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.

Deals on Wheels - Shane Timothy Dankoski, Sophon Sek

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.

Andrea Scoppa denied Bail

Andrea (Andrew) Scoppa, 53, registered little reaction as the judge listed off the reasons he was being denied a release in Project Estacade, an investigation into drug trafficking in Montreal and Laval.

Project Estacade, followed raids mounted in November 2015 that targeted a drug-trafficking network run by Montreal's Mafia, Hells Angels and street gangs.
Fazio Malatesta, 48, was also denied bail as part of the same hearing. A publication ban has been placed on the evidence.

Search warrants were executed leading to more than $900,000 cash, 113.5 kilograms of cocaine, 127 kilograms of cannabis and 50,000 methamphetamine pills. Scoppa and Malatesta are both charged with conspiring to traffic in drugs, drug trafficking and possession of cocaine with the intent to traffic in cocaine.

Nicola Valiante
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Harinder Dhaliwal pleads guilty to trafficking $120 million in cocaine

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.
Federal authorities seized 230 kilograms of cocaine – 123 kilograms obtained during two seizures at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and in Geneva, N.Y. That seizure represented the largest to date arising from a single investigation in the history of the Buffalo District U.S. Attorney's Office. The remaining 107 kilograms of cocaine were seized in California.
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.