Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cruise staff arrested in Vancouver ordered deported for Cocaine Importation

Three Nicaraguan crew members arrested on a cruise ship docked at Canada Place last week are now being deported under the transnational crime provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Federal officials allege they smuggled Colombian cocaine to Canada while muling for a cartel. Willard Murray Brooks, Emil Hebbert Garth and Jason West Carter appeared before an adjudicator. The three of them met a man in Cartagena, Colombia who gave them 10 kilograms of cocaine and instructions on what to do when they arrived Vancouver. They then smuggled the cocaine aboard the Island Princess cruise ship when it was docked in Cartagena. They did so in secret compartments of their shoes and clothing.

The men took five kilograms of the cocaine to the Pacific Centre food court that day and waited, as instructed. A man met them, took them to his car, and paid them US$30,000 in exchange for the drugs.
They tucked the cash into their underwear before heading back to the ship at Canada Place. When they went through routine CBSA screening at the cruise ship terminal, officials found the undeclared cash. A search followed and CBSA discovered another kilogram of cocaine in the men’s personal quarters.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Revenge doesn't have a statute of limitations - Musitano killing

Angelo Musitano and Pat Musitano
The brazen killing of notorious Hamilton mobster Angelo Musitano, who was gunned down in his driveway, might have been revenge 20 years in the making. Musitano was gunned down just before the 20-year anniversary of the famous hit on the fearsome Johnny (Pops) Papalia, to which he was forever linked.
Angelo Musitano was born into a family with long ties to organized crime. His great uncle, his uncle, his brother, and his father were all involved with violent crime. Musitano's life changed in 1997 when he decided to join the plot to murder two major bosses in Ontario, and he joined the Rizzuto crime family. At the time the Rizzutos crime family was the most powerful Mafia family in Canada. That has certainly changed today.

Brothers Angelo and Pat Musitano were charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 1997 shooting of Hamilton crime boss Johnny (Pops) Papalia and one of his lieutenants, Carmen Barillaro. Papalia had deep connections to the Cotroni crime family in Montreal. The brothers reached a deal and pleaded to conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Barillaro. In turn, the charges against them in connection with Papalia's death were dropped.
The Musitano crime family first came to Canada when Musitano's namesake great uncle, Angelo senior, left Calabria. Alongside Musitano's father, Dominic, they built a criminal empire that was active for decades. But things have changed, experts say. The Mafia's influence has waned, while Asian gangs and the Hells Angels have gained more power.

As mafia power and influence waned, so too would have Musitano's personal power and influence. Word would have gotten out that he had turned to religion and was writing a book about his mafia life, but few believe he was attempting to turn the page on his former life. In any case both factors would be seen as signs of weakness, often a fatal flaw in the mafia.
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Health Canada approves 4 drug consumption sites

Health Canada has approved plans to create four new supervised consumption sites in British Columbia and Quebec. The sites allow people to use illicit drugs under the supervision of a medical professional in case they overdose. Two of the new sites are in Surrey, B.C., one is in Vancouver and a mobile consumption site has been approved to operate in Montreal. There has been an increasing call for more access to legalized heroin treatment in Canada.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Video released of two men in brazen Toronto murder

A video of two hooded men brazenly gunning down a man in a Toronto parking lot has been released in hopes of identifying the killers.

Leonard Pinnock, 33, of Hamilton, was shot dead Friday, April 21 at 9:30 p.m. in a parking lot at Dufferin St. and Bowie Ave., north of Eglinton. Toronto Police say Pinnock was in the area giving a friend a ride as a favour and had been there for a “long time” before he was shot.
Homicide Detectives said why he was targeted is not known. Pinnock is Toronto’s 18th homicide victim of year.

Colombian cocaine production more than triples since 2013

Seventeen years and US$10 billion after the U.S. government launched the counternarcotics and security package known as Plan Colombia, America’s closest drug-war ally is covered with more than 460,000 acres of coca. Colombian farmers have never grown so much, not even when Pablo Escobar ruled the drug trade.

The cocaine market so saturated that prices have crashed and unpicked coca leaves are rotting in the fields.
Colombia produced 710 metric tons of cocaine last year, according to U.S. government estimates, up from 235 metric tons in 2013. America’s drug fight has shifted to the opioid abuse crisis while U.S. cocaine use is soaring. American officials say the flood of cheap Colombian product is so large that it’s created its own demand. U.S. cocaine overdose deaths are at a 10-year high.
Ecuadorean Prado Alava was responsible for trafficking 250 tons of cocaine

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

RCMP Terrorist Spy Technology Super Awesome for Mafioso nabbed in Clemenza

Marco Pizzi
Éric Thibault is reporting that in order to protect investigative techniques that allow terrorist suspects to be caught, the RCMP could be forced to sacrifice a major operation against the Montreal mafia. This is what the RCMP and Crown face in the Clemenza Project, where 38 of the 58 accused have already been released without being tried.
The defendants of the Clemenza project are demanding details in what technological means the RCMP intercepted the encrypted text messages they exchanged on their smartphones from 2010 to 2012. The latest is that the Crown was "not yet in a position to respond to the demand" of the last 11 accused. The judge agreed to postpone the case to July at the Crown's request.

Last March, the prosecution obtained a stay of proceedings against about thirty defendants who made the same request.
RCMP investigators said that disclosure of this "sensitive information" would help criminals "adapt" and could hamper future investigations.
In the Raynald Desjardins murder trial rather than complying, the prosecution negotiated with the accused, who then pleaded guilty to reduced charges of conspiracy.

National security investigations have supplanted those of organized crime as the top priority for the RCMP since the 2014 fatal bombings in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
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Hells Angels prowl streets of Leipzig in hunt for kidnapped chihuahua

Cookie’s owner drives haulage trucks for a living, and when the dog went missing there was only one conclusion: her K9 had been kidnapped. Despite a reward of €1,500 being offered for Cookie's return and the help of the police, hope was fading fast for Cookie.

Enter connections to the Hells Angels to turn the screws on the dognappers. “They are good and kind people,” Jaddatz says of the Hells Angels. “And above all they really love animals.”

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Gangster ordered hit on nurse over botched penis enlargement

70-year-old Yakuza kingpin Satoru Nomura, don of the Kudo-kai crime syndicate, demanded “organized retaliation” after penis enlargement surgery failed his expectations. Nomura allegedly ordered a hit on the female nurse who participated in the penis empowering procedure.

The Japan Times reports that the crime boss “unjustifiably resented the failed surgery” and blamed the phallus failure on the nurse.

On her way home from the clinic, the nurse was stabbed in the neck and chest by an underling of Nomura.

Hells Angel killed in Riverside

A Hells Angel was fatally shot at a Riverside gas station after police responded to a call of a shooting at a Shell gas station at 3502 Adams St. in Riverside shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

A gas station employee, who made the 911 call, said the gunfire took place directly in front of gas pumps.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Carfentanil Death Toll rising - 4X Narcan required

The powerful opioid carfentanil has claimed another 5 lives in the Minneapolis area.

A 52-year-old inmate, identified as Larance Curtis McMorris is the fourth confirmed death in Milwaukee County from carfentanil.

Carfentanil has killed four people in Maryland in recent weeks. In Alberta there have been 21 deaths in the first three months of 2017 directly attributed to Carfentanil.
Two Sarasota men are behind bars, facing felony drug charges after they sold cops more than 67 grams of Carfentanil. Undercover detectives had coordinated several drug transactions between Michael Sandusky, 23, and Michael White, 28. Detectives later learned what they thought was heroin was actually Carfentanil

Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo - The Real Tony Soprano

Vincent "Vinny Ocean" PalermoVincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo (born June 4, 1944) is a former de facto boss of the New Jersey DeCavalcante crime family who eventually became a government witness. Fictional mob boss Tony Soprano is based upon Palermo.

In the early 1960s, Vincent Palermo met and married the niece of mob boss Sam DeCavalcante. DeCavalcante took a liking to his son-in-law and began inviting him to visit his social club in Kenilworth, New Jersey. He worked at the fish markets in the early morning hours and hung out with mobsters on Sunday afternoons.
James Gandolfini - Sopranos

Local authorities uncovered the scheme and started investigating Weiss, and the two mob families became nervous. Gambino boss John Gotti requested that the DeCavalcante family murder Weiss.
On September 11, 1989, Palermo, Anthony Capo, and James "Jimmy" Gallo murdered Fred Weiss, on orders from DeCavalcante boss Giovanni "John the Eagle" Riggi. Weiss was associated with mobsters from both the DeCavalcante family and the New York Gambino crime family.

Weiss and his mob partners had purchased a vacant property in Staten Island and illegally dumped large amounts of dangerous medical waste there.

Mob Boss Giovanni Riggi during the trial of the 1989 slaying of Weiss

John D'Amato
Palermo was quickly 'made' and shortly after was appointed caporegime and given his own crew. Riggi was sent to prison in 1989, and he appointed John "Johnny Boy" D'Amato as his acting boss. However, D'Amato's disgruntled girlfriend alleged in 1992 that he was bisexual. Riggi ordered Palermo and Anthony Capo to murder D'Amato in order to avoid embarrassment to the DeCavalcante family. In early 1992, D'Amato disappeared and his body was never found.

By the mid-90s, Vinny Palermo was the de facto boss of the family, paralleling Tony Soprano in the Sopranos, and John Riggi was the boss in absentia from jail.
'Vito Spatafore' - Sopranos

After testifying for the government, Vincent Palermo and his family entered the federal Witness Protection Program.
In 1998, the FBI recruited DeCavalcante associate Ralph Guarino as a mob informant who devastated the DeCavalcante family. The agency gave him cell phones rigged with surveillance equipment to distribute to other family members. In October 1998, Vincent Palermo's trusted lieutenant Joseph Masella was shot to death, leaving an opening in the family. Guarino was promoted to made man.

In 1999, the FBI moved in on the DeCavalcante family. Palermo decided to become a government witness. He confessed to killing Weiss and mobster Louis LaRasso and to planning the murders of John D'Amato, Joseph Masella, Charles Majuri, Frank D'Amato, and Tom Salvata. He also implicated other DeCavalcante family members in various crimes.

Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo
On September 14, 2009, the New York Daily News exposed Vinny Ocean's new life in witness protection as a strip club operator in Houston, Texas. The 'Penthouse Club' and 'All-Star Men's Club' were hotbeds of prostitution and drugs according to police. He also owned a Mexican restaurant and a car wash - all next to one another in a gritty section of Houston.

On March 4, 2013, Palermo filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Under Chapter 11, a person's assets and debts are not liquidated, but the filer is given court protection from creditors.

Palermo put his $2.45 million home up for sale in September 2015.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Face of a Killer - Johnny Steven Drynock

Charges have been laid in connection with a fatal daylight shooting in Surrey two months ago. Birinderjeet Bhangu was gunned down in broad daylight on March 13 outside a hotel in the 8200-block of 166 Street. Johnny Steven Drynock, 22, has now been charged with first-degree murder.

Bhangu was a well recognized gangster with links to the Red Scorpions and Wolf Pack. He had a criminal record dating back more than a decade for driving offences, property crimes and drug trafficking.
IHIT released footage Friday of the suspect in the March 13th murder of gangster Birinderjeet Bhangu outside a Surrey hotel.
Bhangu, 29, was a well-known gangster. He had a criminal record dating back more than a decade. He had just parked his Acura in front of the Comfort Inn Hotel when the suspect walked over to the driver’s side of Bhangu’s car and started shooting.

The killer was driving a Nissan Pathfinder that was recovered in Kelowna the next day.

1 in 3 Cigarettes Sold in Ontario are Contraband

Cigarette manufacturing machine
Contraband was highest in northern Ontario, where illegal cigarettes now represent 64% of all cigarettes purchased, the highest rate ever observed. In southern Ontario, 35% of cigarettes were illegal while the figure was lower, at 28% in eastern Ontario and Ottawa. The contraband tobacco trade is fueled by 50 illegal cigarette factories, based mostly in Ontario and Quebec, each of which can produce as many as 10,000 cigarettes a minute.
Ontario had the worst contraband tobacco problem in Canada to begin with- about 1 in 3 of all cigarettes purchased in the province illegal. Contraband was highest in Northern and Ottawa/Eastern Ontario, where illegal cigarettes represented 51% and 36% of all cigarettes purchased. About 1 in 4 cigarettes in the GTA and 29% in Southern Ontario were illegal.

While non-smokers don't care, perhaps they should. The Ontario government is losing out on $700 million to $1.1 billion annually in taxes. Criminal gangs are involved in cigarette distribution across the province. Organized crime treats cigarette smuggling like a cash cow because it’s been low risk and high profit.
Illegal cigarette factories are located on First Nation reserves; cigarettes manufactured for First Nations communities under treaties are then diverted to the black market.
The gangs get about 60 percent of the profits, which undermines the theory that First Nations communities are the main beneficiaries. The market is huge, much bigger than the market for drugs. The Ontario government has been slow to react to the problem. Quebec amended its Tobacco Tax Act, granting local police full authority to conduct investigations and allowing them to seize the proceeds of crime.

Smoke shacks line Route 132 in Kahnawake, a Mohawk Territory, west of Montreal.
Under section 87 of Canada’s Indian Act, the personal property of a registered or status First Nations individual living on a reserve is exempt from taxation. Ontario’s Tobacco Tax Act includes a First Nations cigarette allocation system which permits First Nations individuals to buy allocation cigarettes on a reserve, for their exclusive use. Those cigarettes are exempt from Ontario tobacco tax. Who can, and cannot, purchase cigarettes from First Nations retailers is spelled out clearly in the act.
With a carton of cigarettes at a corner or grocery store in the $95 range, and a carton of off-brand smokes running $33 to $39 on the reserves, it’s easy to see why First Nations retailers are so popular. At least 95 per cent -- perhaps 99 per cent -- of smoke shack customers are not of First Nations heritage.

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