|Toronto police have issued a public safety alert after four deaths likely caused by fentanyl overdose in the past three days in downtown Toronto. Police said there have been four fatalities and 20 overdose incidents since Thursday.
The most recent incident was on Saturday when a woman was found dead. 3 more non-fatal overdoses were reported on Sunday. The numbers are small compared to what has been recorded in Vancouver, where the city's police service says 25 people died from drug overdoses in June alone.|
Officials consider the spate of drug overdoses in Toronto a wake-up call.
Monday, July 31, 2017
|The “daylight assassination” of autoworker Jason De Ieso has still not been solved, with detectives hoping the expert scientific analysis of the shooters caught on CCTV will lead to a breakthrough in the cold case. De Ieso, 32, was shot dead in his Pooraka workshop when a group of at least nine disguised men walked into the business and attacked.|
Within seconds, at least five of the men opened fire, shooting at another group of men who were in the workshop on a break. At the time of the shooting a violent gang war between the Finks and the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gangs had erupted.
Police believe the tensions between the gangs is what sparked the shooting.
|De Ieso was a senior Finks bikie and was targeted by a group of Hells Angels prospects who stormed his workshop and gunned him down. Jason De Ieso was shot in the head and died instantly. It was the culmination of four days of feuding between Hells Angels north crew and the Finks. Just 10 minutes earlier, Finks member Charlie Bonnici had left before the nine men burst in. Since the shooting of De Ieso, six of the suspects have become full members of the Hells Angels with the shooting contributing greatly to their promotions.|
While Bonnici narrowly escaped both incidents, he was brutally bashed at the hands of his fellow Finks bikie gang members three months later.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Allan ‘The Weasel’ Ross
|Blackledge carved out a key role in the murky trade after moving to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the 1970s.
It is believed he met dope smuggler Angel Sanchez, one of the Cali Cartel’s leaders, in 1981 and helped him to deliver his first batch of cocaine to the US the following year. After becoming a trusted ally, Blackledge was introduced in 1986 to Allan ‘The Weasel’ Ross — chief of Canada’s powerful West End Gang. |
Blackledge negotiated for the Montreal group to buy massive shipments of cocaine from Sanchez twice a week. The Weasel introduced Blackledge to the Hell’s Angels and the Scot used his Colombian links to connect the biker gang with cocaine worth millions.
Miguel Angel Rodríguez Orejuela
Saturday, July 29, 2017
After stuffing the bags to capacity, she hobbles out of the backroom. She is no longer slim.
Her skirt has ballooned out and she knocks merchandise onto the floor in her wake.
Stepping out of the back room, she is engulfed by accomplices who shield her from view of the lone clerk as they exit. Total take: $30,000 of tobacco products in five minutes.|
Thieves use a variety of methods, but most of them involve an element of distraction. They also use specially lined bags to defeat store security alarms. They use props, including wheelchairs and even costumes. They rely on ruses, like walking out the door beside a customer who appears honest.
When the alarm goes off, the honest customer stops and looks around. The thief keeps moving, into a waiting car or busy crowd. Stolen goods are sold at pop-up events, warehouse sales, flea markets and low-income malls in neighbourhoods where people are trying to make ends meet, they won’t ask questions. Stolen goods may also show up mixed among legitimate goods at convenience stores and discount stores.|
The three-man anti-fencing unit at Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has taken down 53 fencing operations in three years, shutting down underground stores where goods from Aritzia, Costco, the Gap, Holt Renfrew and Sport Chek, among others, were being sold at half price.
Friday, July 28, 2017
|Police also seized more than $1 million in Canadian cash, four large cement mixers, two pill presses, and a 2001 Ford F-150 with a hidden compartment. |
The Sturgeon County home has since been deemed ‘unfit for human habitation’ by Alberta Health Services. Police say it’s the largest seizure of fentanyl in Canadian history.
|Do not attempt to contact, approach or apprehend these individuals. If you have information about their whereabouts, activities or associations contact the nearest RCMP Detachment, the police in your area or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).|
|Gangster's moll Rachel Duffy, 37 who drives a Porsche, celebrated her freedom with a glass of wine after escaping jail, having told a judge she did not know her luxury life was funded by drug money. Police began investigating her cash rich lifestyle after arresting former spouse Thomas Duffy, 42, over the seizure of heroin and cocaine worth a total of £700,000.|
Mrs Duffy's extended detached property in an affluent area near Middleton was searched, and envelopes were found with £1,000 in cash stuffed inside. The children attended a prep school where fees cost £6,300 a year.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
|Billy Joe Saunders' WBO middleweight title defence against Georgia's Avtandil Khurtsidze was cancelled after the challenger was arrested amid alleged links with organised crime. The pair had been scheduled to fight on July 8 at London's Copper Box Arena, but prosecutors in New York revealed that 33 members and associates of a Russian crime syndicate, including Khurtsidze, had been arrested. The charges involved are for racketeering, extortion, robbery, murder-for-hire conspiracy, fraud, narcotics, and firearms offences.|
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
|Michael "Yuppie Don" Franzese (born May 27, 1951) is a former New York mobster and caporegime of the Colombo crime family. Son of Colombo underboss John "Sonny" Franzese, Michael Franzese decided to take care of his father and work for the Colombo family. By the 1980s, he had become a capo. Franzese's rise in the Colombo family was fueled by highly lucrative gasoline rackets.|
Working with the Russian Mafia, Franzese sold millions of gallons of gasoline. The family would collect the state and federal taxes, but kept the money instead. At the same time, they were often selling the gas at lower prices than legitimate gas stations.
|In 1985, Franzese was indicted on 14 counts of racketeering, counterfeiting and extortion from the gasoline bootlegging racket. In 1986, Franzese pleaded guilty to two counts. He was sentenced to ten years in federal prison with $14 million in restitution. In December 1987, while in prison, Franzese decided to walk away from the Colombo family. Franzese has publicly renounced organized crime, become a devout Christian, created a foundation for helping youth, and became a speaker. He has spoken on hundreds of college campuses as a life skills expert.|
Once described as the biggest Mob earner since Al Capone, Michael Franzese has been redeemed as a pew-packing evangelist decrying the evils of his old life, part of the deal is that he now gets to go to heaven and live forever with Jesus.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
|Roland Yee Hung Chin, 33, died Friday morning after gunmen opened fire outside a Kal Tire in an industrial area of Chilliwack. Police say the gunmen fled the scene in a black Dodge Caravan. Chilliwack fire crews were dispatched to reports of a minivan full-engulfed by flames a short distance away near the Trans-Canada Hwy. — believed to be the gunmen’s getaway car. |
|Police outlined the timeline as:|
|The New Brunswick chapter of the Nomads is now 'full patch'. Emery Martin is the man responsible for the reorganization of the Hells Angels in New Brunswick. A Quebec chapter, which is in the process of being reopened officially, sponsored the New Brunswick chapter.|
|Police believe a Charlottetown club is in the works and prospects there will soon have a 'bottom rocker' that reads Prince Edward Island. That would achieve the Maritime 'trifecta' of clubs in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI. |
A territorial struggle has been taking place between the Hells of Quebec and the Hells of Ontario. It's a return in forces of the biker dark side that worries the RCMP. The return to the Maritimes is mainly about establishing territory with the main goal being Halifax and control of its port, which can be used to import contraband.
Phillip Boudreault (left) and Martin Bernatchez. Both were shot, Boudreault is reportedly confined to a wheelchair.