Tuesday, January 31, 2017

B.C. fentanyl dealer Walter James McCormick sentenced to 14 years in prison

Walter James McCormick, accused of bearing "personal significant responsibility for hundreds of fentanyl-detected deaths in British Columbia", has been given 14 years in prison, in the first major fentanyl-related sentencing in British Columbia since the opioid crisis began.

He was sentenced Monday, after an extended trial that centred around the government's desire to create a new sentencing range for fentanyl trafficking, a case in which the Crown was asking for an unprecedented 18-year prison term.

Judge Bonnie Craig said that the skyrocketing increase of fentanyl-related deaths in B.C. could not be set aside when deciding the sentencing range.

Thousands of pills were seized in Project Tainted
McCormick was one of 10 people arrested in relation to Project Tainted, a police operation carried out in response to a rash of overdoses in October 2014. More than 29,000 fentanyl pills were seized in the months-long investigation, along with oxycodone, methamphetamine, heroin and guns.

While on bail, McCormick, who already had an extended history of drug trafficking, was subsequently charged with several new offences in Richmond, and had an additional 1,000 fentanyl pills seized on May 18, 2016.
Craig wrote that "when determining the appropriate sentence for Mr. McCormick I must take into account ... that an increasing number of people are dying due to the illegal sale of fentanyl," and that his criminal history showed "little evidence of any prospect for rehabilitation."

Hells Angel Damiano DiPopolo and the DeCotiis family - Repost

Brandon Vito Hughes was 28 when he was shot and killed on July 23, 2009 in a targeted hit.
After coming home from a night out at Vancouver's Celebration of Light fireworks show, 28-year-old Brandon Vito Hughes was gunned down outside his North Vancouver home. His father, Kevin Hughes, heard the commotion and ran out to the front gate. He tried in vain to save his son but in the early morning hours of July 23, 2009 Brandon Vito Hughes was pronounced dead in hospital. Five years later, the Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team issued a public plea for information about the shooting.

"The investigation remains open and active," said Sgt. Adam MacIntosh. "Time and distance can be a factor in our favour in historical investigations. There are people out there who know what happened and we need them to come forward."

Police are urging anyone with information to call IHIT at 1-877-551-4448, email ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca, or submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Rocco Dipopolo
Donato De Cotiis claimed a number of threats had been made against him and other family members, including Hughes, because of a long-running family feud that had landed in court several times. Donato De Cotiis also said he was warned that people linked to the Hells Angels had been hired "to assault, threaten and/or intimidate" him.

Don De Cotiis, Hayley Winter, Ivano De Cotiis.

Damiano Dipopolo
[18] At some point, on a date which was not clear in the evidence, Mr. Dipopolo won $80,000 in a lottery. He gave his twin brother $30,000 as a gift.

[48] At some point, Mr. Dipopolo acquired a one-third interest in a company called Liquid Zoo Holdings Ltd. On August 23, 2005, Mr. Dipopolo, together with the two other shareholders in Liquid Zoo Holdings Ltd., Messrs. Bruneau and Raffael, signed a promissory note for $350,000 payable to Amacon Management.

[62] Liquid Zoo Holdings executed a mortgage dated May 12, 2006, in favour of Amacon for the amount of $650,000. However, this mortgage was not registered until more than one year later, on August 10, 2007. Mr. Dipopolo appeared to consider the mortgage to be further security for Amacon's $350,000 loan to the three Liquid Zoo Holdings shareholders made about one year earlier, in August 2005.
"Amacon's $500,000 loan to Mr. Dipopolo;"


Marcello DeCotiis and his sister, Lilliana
Lilliana De Cotiis runs the hospitality division of real estate developer Amacon, which she co-owns with eldest sibling Teresa and older brothers Donato, Luca and Marcello. Siblings have input on all aspects of Amacon's corporate operations. De Cotiis and her siblings named their company Amacon, after late father Amalio and mother Concetta.

Amalio was part of the first generation of De Cotiises to arrive in Vancouver. He came with parents Donato and Teresa and three sisters as well as brothers Marcangelo, Inno, Vito and Michael in a staggered migration.

Damiano DiPopolo
Eldest brother Marcangelo eventually had a falling out with his brothers that was serious enough to devolve into legal action. Vito died in his 30s. Inno created his own real estate development company and named it by spelling his own name backwards: Onni.

Youngest brother Michael then founded and still runs Pinnacle International.
Dec. 11, 2005. Vancouver Province A long-running feud in a family whose name is tied to some of Vancouver's biggest real-estate developments has once again spilled into B.C. Supreme Court.

This time, it comes complete with allegations of threats, assaults, intimidation - and even of a contract to kill a family member. In an unusual civil suit, Donato De Cotiis, 44, is seeking a court injunction and damages to protect himself from eight family members named in a statement of claim.

The suit alleges that the eight De Cotiis family defendants "have engaged, hired or employed the defendants Rocco Dipopolo and Damiano Dipopolo to assault, threaten and/or intimidate the plaintiff as an integral part of efforts to intimidate the plaintiff, to interfere in the business, commercial and leisure activities of the plaintiff and to injure the plaintiff." Chow confirmed that police investigated an incident between Donato De Cotiis and the Dipopolos. No charges were laid.

Chow also confirmed that Damiano is suspected by police to be a full member of the Hells Angels' East End Chapter.

In February 2003, Paolo De Cotiis approached Brandon Hughes, the nephew of Donato De Cotiis, at a nightclub on Granville, and threatened "to get" his family.
Sunday, July 26, 2009. The targeted murder of 28-year-old Brandon Vito Hughes in North Vancouver last week was preceded by a tense family feud that included an alleged death threat within the De Cotiis clan, who are connected to massive real-estate developments in the Lower Mainland.

Hughes was found gravely wounded outside 1956 Jones Ave. in North Vancouver. Hughes is grandson of the late construction mogul Marcangelo De Cotiis, whose widow, Addolorata De Cotiis, owns the home at 1956 Jones Ave. Siblings of the De Cotiis family own Onni Group, Pinnacle International and Amacon.

Brandon Vito Hughes
August 6th, 2010. B.C. Court of Appeal issues ruling in De Cotiis family feud. Donato De Cotiis's lawsuit against companies controlled by his uncles Amalio, Inno, and Mike was dismissed. Donato De Cotiis's deceased father Marcangelo, a construction magnate, was also listed as a plaintiff.

"This dispute is only part of a larger family feud that unfolded against a backdrop of profitable corporations and partnerships," Newbury wrote in the court's reasons for judgment. This lawsuit was a spinoff of another major dispute, which was addressed in a 1995 B.C. Supreme Court decision.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Francis Le identified in targeted Gang Murder

IHIT has identified 24-year-old Francis Le of Surrey as the victim of a targeted homicide in Richmond Friday night.

Le was one of thirteen people charged with 66 drug-related and firearms offences in March 2016 following a 21-month long investigation into drug dealing in Surrey. Police executed four search warrants and seized large quantities of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA and oxycodone. Police also seized two automatic submachine guns with five loaded high capacity magazines, a box of ammunition and more than $600,000 in cash.
Charged with 36 counts of trafficking and seven firearm-related offences are Sophon Sek of Surrey, Mona Khodabandehloo of Burnaby and Glen Hudson of Surrey. All are thought to be connected to the 'Red Scorpions' gang. Police say Le's murder does not appear to be connected to two homicides that occurred in the area earlier in the month.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448).

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Hells Angels bikie Chris Bloomfield enrols in law school

Notorious Hells Angels bikie Chris Bloomfield has been accepted into one of Australia’s most prestigious law schools, despite facing trial over a violent extortion. Bloomfield, the bikie gang's enforcer, has enrolled in a law degree at the Gold Coast’s elite Bond University.

Bond’s law faculty has produced some of Australia’s top lawyers and businesspeople.
Hulking and heavily tattooed, his appearance on Bond’s campus has stunned police and lawyers. He is on bail awaiting trial in the Southport District Court charged with extortion after he and two fellow Hells Angels allegedly bashed a man over a $20,000 drug debt, threatened to kill his family and took his BMW. Police alleged in court documents that the man received a text from Bloomfield warning: “Every week u don’t pay my fucking money 10 per cent is getting added onto that amount!! U wanna go to the cops I know where your fucking family lives and I’ll shoot every single one of those motherfuckers til I find you!!’

Bloomfield is believed to be financing his $135,000 degree with the help of a student loan.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Habibs and the 'Kingpin Crew'

In September 2013 Kelowna RCMP confirmed that a truck exploded in the driveway of a Rutland home as the result of a bomb. The truck didn't just catch fire, but exploded in the middle of the residential neighbourhood in the middle of the night. The resulting fire destroyed the vehicle and was immediately labelled suspicious by fire crews and the RCMP.

Cops dealt with 3 bomb cases that year, including on January 11th when a car bomb blew up a Ford Explorer owned by Dave Habib whose brother, Dale, is president of the Kingpin Crew, a now disbanded underling Hells Angels chapter. The incident occurred near the parking lot beside Christopher's Restaurant in the heart of the downtown core.
It is common knowledge that the Kingpin Crew sold drugs from Kelowna's 'Liquid Zoo' nightclub for years, including mountains of cocaine through major operator Kevin Van Kalkeren. It is suspected that, at some point, Dale Habib and the Kingpin crew lost the support of the Hells Angels.

Dave Habib, through his company Quail Place Estates Ltd., owned and operated the 'Liquid Zoo' when he tried to sell both the club and the building it’s in to a numbered company.
A Liquor Control Branch investigation revealed that one of the new owners was Hells Angel Damiano Dipopolo. The Branch refused to transfer the liquor licence and the sale had to be unwound.

The nightclub's licence was returned in late 2011 and Habib reopened on January 9, 2012 with a special anti-gang condition in place. Three days later, police did a routine walk through of the club and saw a man associated to the Kingpin Crew, wearing a cap with the gang’s insignia on it. Habib said that while he had heard of the Kingpin Crew and knew they were a motorcycle group, he did not think they were a criminal gang.
Damiano Dipopolo [48] At some point, Mr. Dipopolo acquired a one-third interest in a company called Liquid Zoo Holdings Ltd. On August 23, 2005, Mr. Dipopolo, together with the two other shareholders in Liquid Zoo Holdings Ltd., Messrs. Bruneau and Raffael, signed a promissory note for $350,000 payable to Amacon Management.

[62] Liquid Zoo Holdings executed a mortgage dated May 12, 2006, in favour of Amacon for the amount of $650,000. However, this mortgage was not registered until more than one year later, on August 10, 2007. Mr. Dipopolo appeared to consider the mortgage to be further security for Amacon's $350,000 loan to the three Liquid Zoo Holdings shareholders made about one year earlier, in August 2005.

Kevin Van Kalkeren

Quentin Michael James
Late last year former 'Kingpin Crew' gangster Quentin Michael James received a 16 month custodial sentence on a cocaine drug trafficking charge from 2013.

Investigators seized various amounts of drugs, including cocaine, marihuana, MDMA, methamphetamine, ecstasy and psilocybin. Also seized was a bulletproof vest, brass knuckles, defensive batons, assorted rounds of ammunition and approximately $100,000 in cash.
See ----->http://gangstersoutt.blogspot.ca/2016/10/quentin-michael-james-pulls-16-months.html
See ----->http://gangstersoutt.blogspot.ca/2016/06/hells-angel-damiano-dipopolo-and-de.html

Friday, January 27, 2017

Massive Raid on Haarlem Hells Angels; Netherlands - Update

The investigation of the Haarlem chapter of the Hells Angels has found weapons and drugs. Police searched 24 locations in the Netherlands, among them was the clubhouse in Haarlem.

Drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy were found. At one of the locations searched, police found a small ecstasy lab. All nine members of the Haarlem chapter were arrested and remain in custody.
Police raided the clubhouse of the Hells Angels in Haarlem. At the same time a raid was also done at a second location in the city. In total police made ten arrests: nine men and one woman.
The nine men are between 35 and 64 years old and are all members of the club. They are suspected of extortion, threats, violence and arson. The clubhouse in Haarlem has been closed by order of the mayor. The prosecution wants to immediately seize the property.

The Haarlem chapter of the HAMC is seen as the most important one in the Netherlands. The president, Lysander Rider, was sentenced to a prison sentence of thirty months in April for weapons and assault.
See ----->http://gangstersoutt.blogspot.ca/2016/06/hollands-hells-angel-leader-sent-to.html

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Family alleges brother of Kelowna gang member tricked their dying mother

David Joseph Habib
They lived in the house most of their lives, their mother wanted them to have it, but now a dispute with their uncle and his ex-wife has forced them to move out. Jordell Andrea Hofmann and her brothers Andrew Anthony Lloyd Bloomfield and Dominic Dale Hofman are currently in a legal battle with their uncle, David Joseph Habib, and his ex-wife, Becky Dee Komant, over a property in East Kelowna.
Sally passed away after battling cancer in August 2015. Her children say that she held a one-third interest in the property when she passed, but David and Becky disagree. They say that in 2004, Sally was in financial trouble and entered into an oral agreement with her brother, David, that she would relinquish her share of the property in exchange for free rent at the house for the rest of her life.
Damiano Dipopolo
In December 2014, when Sally was battling cancer, David had her sign a form, transferring her share of the house to Becky. He says this just formalized the verbal agreement they had made 10 years prior.

The family alleges that David's brother, Dale Habib, is a gang member and threatened him when he refused to leave the home in November 2016. Dale Habib was charged in 2006 for the 2003 murder of Douglas Kuntz, but his charges were dropped later that year. Dale Habib has long been recognized as the president of the now disbanded HA 'puppet club' the 'Kingpin Crew'.