Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Michael "Yuppie Don" Franzese

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

Calgary gangster Roland Yee Hung Chin dead after shooting near Chilliwack

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.

Chin was a prominant fixture in Calgary’s FOB gang wars that rocked the city a decade ago. Chin, along with his brother Roger, were well known members. He was released from prison last year after serving seven years for weapons and drugs offences. In 2008, Chin’s brother Roger was murdered after being shot dozens of times while driving in his car.
Police outlined the timeline as:
  • 8:05 a.m. the shooting happens
  • 9:02 a.m. the suspect Dodge Caravan was believed to be set on fire
  • Two vehicles flee in tandem from the site of the burning van

Hells Angels at the gates of the Maritimes

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.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Winnie the Pooh implicated in Winnipeg drug bust

Winnie the Pooh looked up from one of the gift bags and plastic baggies in which Winnipeg police found a total of about half a million dollars worth of cocaine and methamphetamine. Police seized nearly eight kilograms of cocaine, 79 grams of crack cocaine, and 11 grams of methamphetamine.
The cocaine was divided into roughly one-kilogram blocks. Some of it was packaged in gift bags covered with images of balloons and birthday cake.

Numerous charges were laid against five men and four women, including possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Health Canada approves supervised injection sites for Kelowna and Kamloops

Health Canada has approved two supervised injection sites for Kamloops and Kelowna. The facilities are mobile — built into two recreation vehicles — and will allow users to take drugs under the supervision of health care workers. The clinics will operate much like Insite in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Chinese woman pulls big fine for trafficking in endangered species

B.C. woman Xiu Mei Cui has been fined $75,000 for illegally importing jewelry and carved items made from endangered animals into Canada. She pleaded guilty to two charges under the law regulating the trade of plants and animals. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), regulates trade. International trade in seriously threatened species is prohibited.

Agents found she had undeclared jewelry, carvings and ornaments in her luggage made from African and Asian elephants, lion, white rhinoceros and hawksbill turtle. Interpol says animal smuggling is the fourth most lucrative type of crime, behind only illegal drugs, human trafficking and counterfeiting.
A 19th century rhinoceros horn was estimated to sell for $20,000 at a recent auction. But a “grand battle” erupted between four Asian bidders and when the smoke cleared, it had sold for $228,000. Normally, high-priced antiques are cherished as objects. But rhino horns can be worth a fortune because they’re used in traditional Chinese medicine and some people believe they’re an aphrodisiac.

In late 2015 Linxun Liao, 35, was sent to a U.S. prison for two years after pleading guilty to smuggling objects made from rhinoceros horn. He had purchased and smuggled 16 “libation cups” that had been carved from rhinoceros horns and that had a combined market value of more than $1 million.
The rarest of the black rhino subspecies, the West African black rhinoceros, was declared extinct in 2011. The species was once widespread in central Africa. Relentless poaching caused a steep decline in the population. The rhino was listed as "critically endangered" in 2008, but a survey of the animal's last remaining habitat in northern Cameroon failed to find any sign of the rhino. No West African black rhinos are held in captivity.
There are currently an estimated 4,000 Black Rhinos remaining in the wild, down from as many as 70,000 in the 1960s.

Winnipeg Police on the hunt for Gangster Dallas Tyler Friesen - Update

Winnipeg Police arrested 33-year-old Dallas Tyler Friesen on Friday with the help of its K9 and tactical units. A member of the public spotted him and contacted police.

Friesen faces over a dozen charges including firearm offences and counts of possession of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine as well as property obtained by crime. He has been remanded in custody and likely won't be seeing sunshine for a while.
Dallas Tyler Friesen, 33, has an "extensive history" with police and officers believed he'd be in possession of drugs when they saw him in a taxi and followed it to a home before trying to stop him. Friesen tried to run into a nearby residence. An officer chased him, caught up with him and tried to arrest him as Friesen pulled away.

The officer was splashed with hot coffee and pushed down a set of stairs.
As they fought, a loaded firearm and set of handcuffs fell out of a bag that had been around Friesen's neck. He tried to pass the bag to a woman who ran out of the home. That's when police apprehended the woman and Friesen ran away. Inside the purse, police found around $11,500 worth of crack cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl.

Friesen is known to have ties to gangs. Police warned the public not to approach him. Anyone with information on Friesen that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6222 or 911.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Brampton Trucker Gursharan Singh pulls long time in US prison

Gursharan Singh, 34, of Brampton was sentenced to 63 months in jail in a Buffalo courtroom on July 12. He’s been in jail since 2014 after his arrest in Canada. He was extradited to the U.S. to face the charges, and has similar drug charges pending against him in Toronto. He is one of seven convicted in the conspiracy and pleaded guilty last year. Singh conspired with others to smuggle cocaine into Canada from the U.S. between 2007 and 2011 in transport trucks. Police said he was involved in the trafficking of approximately 2,000 kilograms of cocaine, with a value of over $80 million. During the investigation, 230 kilograms of cocaine was seized.

Another Brampton truck driver involved, Harinder Dhaliwal, 47, pleaded guilty in April to similar charges and will be sentenced Aug. 16 in Buffalo. The minimum mandatory is a 10-year prison sentence, a maximum of life, and a $10-million fine.

The vast majority of cocaine coming into Canada comes via Mexico.
Dozens of truckers from the Greater Toronto Area have been charged with smuggling drugs into Canada in recent years, a trend that appears rooted in the changing nature of the drug trade. Border agents have found bricks of cocaine stuffed in fruit and vegetable shipments or in hidden compartments. Cocaine is now being moved across the border via land instead of ports that were used in smuggling operations in the past.

Baldev Singh, 44, walks out of Superior Court in 2014 after being found guilty
Toronto-area trucker Baldev Singh, who had been on the lam for 2½ years, was picked up in May in a routine traffic stop. Over the objections of the prosecutor, a Superior Court judge allowed Singh to remain free on bail until his sentencing. Singh never returned to court. Singh was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in a federal penitentiary. He has started his sentence.

Fate was cruel to Singh on the morning of March 19, 2009. His truck was randomly selected for a training exercise with a drug-sniffing dog at the Ambassador Bridge. The dog handler went about hiding a dummy stash in a crate in Singh’s trailer. She removed a bag of oranges to find 21 bricks of cocaine hidden underneath it.

Members of southern Ontario’s Indo-Canadian community, in particular from Brampton and Mississauga, are increasingly being used in the North American drug trade. An estimated 65 per cent of Ontario’s long-haul truck drivers are Indo-Canadian, making them logical participants in drug trafficking. Reports say some have received more than $20,000 per trip.
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Project Sideshow: Oliver Banayos does ATM washjob with drug cash

Oliver Banayos
A brother and sister from Winnipeg have been found guilty of using ATMs to launder money earned by trafficking cocaine after an 18-month sting dubbed Project Sideshow. Oliver Banayos was convicted of one count of trafficking cocaine and another of conspiracy to traffic cocaine on June 28.
The same ruling found Banayos and his sister, Carol Banayos, guilty of several offences related to money laundering.
More than 200 charges were laid among 14 people from Winnipeg, Toronto and Vancouver. Police seized cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, marijuana, firearms and ammunition, nine vehicles and $301,800 in cash.

Project Sideshow investigators seized at least six privately owned or "white-label" ATMs.
The Crown argued money was "cycled" through machines owned by Oliver Banayos to enter the legitimate banking system via bank accounts controlled by Carol Banayos. Carol Banayos maintained she wanted to help her brother set up a lawful ATM business as his nominee and claimed she didn't know the cash coming from Oliver Banayos was illegitimate.

In it's ruling, the court found her "willfully blind" to the source of the large amounts of cash.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Alexandre Cazes, mastermind of darknet site found dead in Thai custody

25-year-old Canadian Alexandre Cazes, accused of masterminding the world's leading "darknet" internet marketplace has hanged himself in his jail cell. Thai police say he died in their custody July 12, just before a scheduled court hearing. Cazes created AlphaBay, an online marketplace that traded in illegal drugs, firearms and counterfeit goods. Cazes amassed a fortune of $23 million with the creation of AlphaBay in 2014. The site, which Europol estimates did $1 billion in business, went offline July 5 after Cazes's arrest in Thailand.
AlphaBay's users had flocked to another darknet site Hansa, which is largely based in the Netherlands.

Cyberpolice quietly seized Hansa for a month to amass intelligence on illicit drug merchants and buyers.

One of the properties of Alexandre Cazes in Bangkok
More than two-thirds of the quarter million listings on the two sites were for illegal drugs. Other illegal wares for sale included weapons, counterfeit and stolen identification and malware. Services even included hitmen for hire.

Dutch police began running the Hansa site on June 20th and amassed some 10,000 IP addresses for Hansa buyers outside Holland. Online rumors about other dark net drug marketplaces possibly being compromised were already spreading. Dark net websites have thrived since the 2011 appearance of the Silk Road, which was taken down two years later.

500 Hells Angels and other OMGs expected in Calgary this weekend

Calgary police are warning the public to expect an influx of upwards of 500 OMG (outlaw motorcycle gang) members in the city this weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Calgary chapter. Police are expecting Hells Angels MC members from across Canada and their support clubs to be attending the mandatory event.

It will run from Friday until Sunday. Police don't expect trouble but will be photographing and monitoring the bikers.
Arson investigators in Calgary probed the cause of a spectacular fire that burned down the Hell's Angels clubhouse in 2012. Calgary police said little about the fire.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Veil lifted on Project Clemenza

Salvatore Montagna on surveillance video in Montreal on Nov. 24, 2011. Montagna was murdered hours later.
The end to all 'Project Clemenza' cases meant a publication ban placed on evidence presented during a bail hearing held during the spring of 2016 for some of the men arrested was lifted. Vittorio Mirarchi, 39, had considerable influence within the Montreal Mafia. Messages exchanged by Mirarchi and Raynald Desjardins showed Desjardins, 64, had great respect for the younger man. Mirarchi and Desjardins appeared to treat each other as equals.
Raynald Desjardins and Vittorio Mirarchi
The drug-smuggling investigation revealed Mirarchi could easily find partners to purchase large quantities of cocaine and had countless contacts to find truckers willing to bring shipments across the border. Mirarchi's organization imported or attempted to import, during an 11-month period, 1.4 tons of cocaine. One of the few cocaine shipments that were seized by police had nothing to do with Project Clemenza.

On Sept. 27, 2011, drug courier Chistopher Kavanaugh picked up 33 kilograms of cocaine that had just crossed the Canadian border and was heading east when someone opened fire on the truck he was driving. The shooter, Jason Aaron Greenwood, was eventually arrested and when he pleaded guilty it was found he had learned the pickup was hauling a large quantity of cocaine and tried to hijack it. In 2014, Greenwood pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to 72 months. That same year, Kavanaugh was sentenced to a three-years for possessing cocaine with the intent to traffic. The fact that the cocaine belonged to people tied to the Montreal Mafia was not mentioned in either case.
The Mirarchi organization lost another shipment, coincidentally, on the same day Greenwood fired five bullets into Kavanaugh’s pickup truck. New York State troopers inspected Quebec truck driver Alain Thuot's truck and found 106 kilograms of cocaine.

The person mentioned most often as Mirarchi’s cocaine supplier was, by far, Luis Carrillo Torres, a Mexican who was living illegally in Los Angeles in 2011. Torres appeared to have an endless supply. He was arrested in November 2011 by the FBI. Investigators found 16 vehicles at one of his several residences. They also found BlackBerrys with hundreds of messages with someone in Canada named “Buddy” who was ordering cocaine.
A key man in Mirarchi’s organization was killed just days after the RCMP stopped intercepting messages. Giuseppe (Closure) Colapelle, 38, a man with long-established ties to the Montreal Mafia, was killed in St-Léonard on March 1, 2012. Police described Colapelle as being “very close” to Mirarchi and as an important intermediary to the others in the group. Monitoring the Blackberry messages Colapelle received was an arduous chore. The RCMP investigator said Colapelle received, on average, 1,000 messages a day.
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