|Police are also investigating an attempted arson at the home of Cuntrera's uncle in August. Also that night, someone tossed what appeared to be an accelerant into the Di Manno Bakery in Vaughan. The Caffe Corretto was destroyed by an explosion in late June. The Corretto was one of 11 cafés in Toronto and York Region where investigators found illegal gaming machines in January 2016 during a multi-police force sweep known as Project Oeider.|
Police seized 74 illegal gaming machines and approximately $200,000 in cash from the 11 cafés.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
|High profile Wolfpack leader Larry Amero has seen his trafficking case thrown out under the Jordan Rule. The 40-year-old has been in jail since his arrest in Montreal in November 2012 as a prime target in Project Loquace. Amero grew up in Vancouver, joined the Hells Angels in 2002 and became a full-patch member of the White Rock chapter in 2005. Before his arrest, he joined the West Point chapter, now operating out of a Langley home.|
Donny Lyons, Larry Amero, Sukh Deo
|Amero, along with Tom Gisby, were long considered among the largest wholesale drug dealers in Canada. Amero forged his gang links into a massively successful and hugely profitable business across Canada. Police said they found documentation showing millions of dollars in drug transactions.|
It was reported he was moving 75kg of cocaine per week.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
|Marie Antonette Bugay, 40, is a "known associate" of Robin Moulton. Bugay was released but arrested again on Tuesday morning when police seized a large quantity of money. Bugay is listed as the secretary of the Atlantic Confederation of Clubs and Independents on the organization's website. The ACC describes itself as an association that fights against "biker discrimination and profiling." |
|48-year-old full-patch Robin Moulton is a member of the Hells Angels MC Nomads N.B. chapter. He was arrested on August 22, 2017 around 7:20 a.m. while driving on Highway 2 near Woodstock. Moulton has been charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a restricted firearm. |
|Moulton, who was arrested on Tuesday near Woodstock, remains in custody. He has been denied bail.|
|Vaso Ulic, 58, considered the godfather of Balkan crime was arrested at his home in Montenegro. Ulic had been arrested for smuggling “large quantities” of drugs to Australia from South America and South Africa where he used container and cruise ships to move multi million-dollar drug hauls to Australia as well as along the “Balkan Route”, used for food and weapons during the Balkan wars, to traffic drugs from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan to Europe and Russia.|
|Ulic fled Australia in 2005 as authorities moved in to question him about nine unresolved contract killings and a $50 million haul of seized drugs. He has remained an influential figure in Australia’s Bandidos MC and among Italian Mafia figures from Melbourne.|
In 2011 AFP intelligence files showed he had managed to strategically unite Australia crime clans, mostly involving members of the former Yugoslav republic as well as establish alliances with Italian Mafia.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
|Big Ron Previte, mobster turned government witness whose cooperation brought down three crime bosses and changed the face of the Philadelphia mob, died last week. Previte was an imposing and intimidating figure. He described himself as a "general practitioner of crime" and admitted his involvement in almost every mob gambit...with the exception of murder. "If a guy owes me money and I kill him, how am I gonna get paid?" he asked.|
He opted not to go into the Witness Security Program after testifying in a 2001 racketeering trial that led to the convictions of Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino and six co-defendants. Instead, he remained in South Jersey. "Where am I gonna go?" he asked. "I like it here."
|Previte wore a body wire for more than a year, recording conversations for the FBI while helping to make cases against Merlino and former mob boss Ralph Natale. He often said wearing that wire on a daily basis was the most exciting time of his life.|
As a soldier in the mob family controlled by John Stanfa in the early 1990s, Previte fed information to the FBI that led to the convictions of Stanfa and more than two dozen associates. In the end, it wasn't the mob, but poor health that brought him down. He suffered a heart attack on Aug. 18th.
|Two bike cops in Montreal arrested one of America’s most wanted criminals — the alleged ringleader of a drug-smuggling organization who has been on the lam for a dozen years. Katay-Khaophone Sychanta, 35, was collared during an encounter on a bike path patrol in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent. Sychanta tried to run, but was captured after a brief chase.|
|Sychanta operated a drug-smuggling ring that brought millions of ecstasy pills and hundreds of pounds of marijuana into New York, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts and Georgia. Sychanta has a “history of violence” and has allegedly made threats against Homeland Security Investigation special agents and other law enforcement officials, according to ICE officials. Prior to his arrest, Sychanta was thought to be hiding somewhere in the United States, Canada, Mexico or Asia and was considered armed and dangerous.|
|Michael Butler was spotted by police driving his Ford van down a residential street in London. When they approached, he sped off. While driving, Butler tossed packages out the window. He was cornered after driving into a dead end. He threw eight packages of cocaine from his van, each containing more than 1kg. Butler pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply. A career criminal, he was sentenced to eight years.|
Monday, August 28, 2017
The cocaine was loaded onto ships in Argentina, destined for the Port of Montreal and then the GTA, Niagara Region and other parts of Canada.
|Most of the stones containing bricks of cocaine had a kilogram hidden inside. The most found in a single stone was six kilograms. Some of the stones were seized at a stone supply operation in Stoney Creek.|
“There are definitely connections to Mexico and the Mexican cartels,” say police. The Mexican cartels have members living in the GTA.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
|Border services officers seized 799 grams of heroin hidden in women's high-heeled shoes that were shipped to the Hamilton airport.
Canada Border Services Agency officers were examining cargo at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport last month, and they opened a package from Pakistan containing clothes and shoes.|
They did an X-ray after noticing "a smell emitting from the package and modifications to the soles of the shoes"
|Two people from Toronto, ages 25 and 34, are charged with importation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy.|
Saturday, August 26, 2017
|To say the street gang’s name in Atlanta, a few things may come to mind. Killing sprees. Child molestation initiations. The Gangster Disciples is a nationwide gang responsible for countless murders and robberies as well as extortion plots and drug trafficking throughout the United States. The latest conviction of three members of the Gangster Disciples, included malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, violation of Georgia’s street gang terrorism and prevention act, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, for killing 23-year-old Anthony Tavarez on Sept. 16, 2015.|
|According to U.S. Attorney John Horn, the gang was responsible for at least 10 murders, 12 attempted murders and many other crimes including what police called the “Bloody Summer” crimes last year. In March 2017, gang members were arrested for human trafficking women, who were referred to as 'Diamond Kitties'. |
The gang is active in at least 24 states.