Saturday, September 22, 2018

Jon Jones, David Benavidez - Cokeheads in pro sport

UFC fighter Jon Jones had a well-publicized positive test for cocaine in 2014. He had many comments. "I’ll look you dead in your eyes. I don’t like coke. I’m not a coke guy.” "So now people like to paint me as this coke head, and my haters would love for me to be a coke head, but far from it.”

He tested positive again in July 28, 2017. In a statement he admitted to using cocaine throughout the period between the two tests.
WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez showed positive for cocaine in connection to a random drug test and was stripped of his title. Benavidez was the youngest ever boxing world title holder at 21.

Unlike Jones, Benavidez offered no excuses or lies. “I would like to sincerely apologize to the WBC for my actions. I am embarrassed to have this happen. (Also), to my all my fans that I lost the respect of."

UK woman - 78 wraps of drugs up her vagina were for personal use

Lauren Carson, 31, was stopped in London’s West End when officers saw people following her to buy drugs. She gave cops a false name through clingfilm-wrapped packages in her mouth. During a strip search, cops found 53 wraps of cocaine and 25 wraps of heroin up her vagina. Carson told jurors she had bought the drugs for personal use. She was found guilty of two counts of dealing drugs and was jailed for 42 months. It emerged after the verdict that she has three previous convictions for dealing drugs dating back to 2009. When quizzed about her presence in Soho she explained she was a tourist.

Friday, September 21, 2018

GTA gangland murders linked to mob war

Daniele “Dani” Ranieri was found bound and shot to death in a ditch outside Cancun in March. Another gringo in a country where murder is common. Cops believe Ranieri’s death is related to a gang war unfolding in southern Ontario between Calabrese crime clans. Ranieri's mentor was Juan Ramon Fernandez, a powerful figure in Montreal's Rizzuto crime family. Fernandez told a visitor in March 2013. “I want to make Dani a made man.” He was executed in Sicily weeks later.

Michael Cudmore is thought to be the triggerman in the deaths of Angelo Musitano and Mila Barberi. He left for Mexico after the murders and hasn't been heard from since February. Daniel Tomassetti also left for Mexico and has also disappeared.
Experts say it's a Calabrian/’Ndrangheta Mafia War, with cells of gangsters competing for cocaine routes and territory in the GTA.
See ----->1 arrested, 2 sought in Ontario Mob killings
See ----->Sicilian Mafia brothers handed life sentence in murder of Juan Ramon Fernandez

'Drug Llama' Melissa Scanlan - Boss of darknet fentanyl network

The "Drug Llama", Melissa Scanlan, 31, is to face federal charges in Illinois that allege she shipped more than 50,000 pills nationwide since October 2016. Her dark net operation is believed to have killed at least two in California, a 10-month-old boy and a 41-year old woman. The child died when his father left Scanlan's fentanyl unattended.

When cops busted her San Diego home, she admitted to obtaining drugs from a Mexican cartel. Her specialty was fentanyl pills, she called “pressed blues,” which were disguised as oxycodone. Pressed blues weren't the only product on her menu. The Drug Llama also offered “genuine” oxycodone, amphetamine, morphine, Percocet, temazepam, flexeril, and an “opiate powder pack.”
Scanlan was arrested in early August. She was released from custody a few weeks later, and promptly went to Mexico for new supplies of fentanyl. Scanlan describes herself as a “young professional that specializes in Operations Management for Start-up, Small, and Mid-Size Business.”

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Stolen wireless devices being used in fraud schemes

Toronto police warned businesses about a spate of thefts of wireless payment machines that are then used to commit fraud. Cops aren't releasing the technical details.

PAT (Pay at Table) devices are wireless credit/debit card payment terminals which operate on wireless technologies like wifi, bluetooth or cellular. They are commonly used in restaurants and bars. Thieves are stealing some machines outright.
Four separate incidents are being investigated, all of which came from thefts at restaurants. Police recommend that wireless payment terminals be securely stored when not in use and that they should never be left unattended. They say the fraud scheme itself is simple. Some payment devices contain merchant account information and may also temporarily store credit/debit card information from any cards used in it.

In one case two men arrived at a busy bar before closing time. Their server left the PAT at the table and returned to her duties. The men said the device wasn't working and paid cash. They had replaced the device with a similar one that had been modified to collect and transmit card and PIN information. Cloned cards were then created. Fraudsters target high traffic merchants where large volumes of card information can be collected in a short period of time.

1 arrested, 2 sought in Ontario Mob killings

Angelo Musitano was killed in May 2017, while sitting in his driveway. Mila Barberi was killed a few months earlier while picking up her mob connected boyfriend. Her boyfriend was also shot but survived. Jabril Hassan Abdalla, 27, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with both deaths. He also faces two counts of conspiracy to attempt murder.Police said the deaths of Barberi and Musitano were the result of “the mafia.”
Canada-wide warrants have been issued for two other men. They are 37-year-old Hamilton resident Michael Cudmore and Daniel Michael Tomassetti, a 27-year-old man from Ancaster. Police say they may have fled to Mexico.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

2 VPD cops accused of being Nazi Bastards

The Vancouver Police Department is refusing to identify two cops at the center of a growing number of complaints about police harassment in the Downtown Eastside. A small rally next to the DTES Market was held on Tuesday with organizers collecting stories about the cops. Dozens recognized the men. They have a reputation for no respect or empathy.
The situation came to a head over the weekend, after the two seized cannabis products from the High Hopes Foundation dispensary at the DTES Market. The High Hopes Foundation distributes cannabis to help people get off opioids. The two cops have a notorious reputation within the community for being aggressive, belligerent, and harassing people. People having their belongings confiscated after being ticketed is common in the DTES
The massive raid net mostly pot extracts. A first class VPD cop makes about $ 95,000 per year.

Mark Desjarlais said he is trained to respond to overdoses and works as an overdose responder. He said that earlier this summer, he was responding to an overdose with an oxygen tank and a Naloxone kit when one of the officers grabbed him and dragged him away. John Betts said he witnessed one of the officers slap a man in the face after he lit a joint earlier this summer.

Albert Iavarone whacked in Hamilton - Update II

Hamilton Police released surveillance video from the area where Albert Iavarone was killed on September 13, 2018, around 9.55 p.m. The vehicle is believed to be a light coloured SUV or Crossover. Anyone with information can contact Detective Jason Cattle at 905-546-4167
Angelo MusitanoThe targeted murder of Albert Iavarone is Mafia retaliation for the unsolved 2017 killing of Angelo Musitano according to a former Hamilton organized crime cop. “This is not finished,” tweeted Paul Manning. The killer hid in bushes and lay in wait for Iavarone.
Paul Manning under cover in 2006
Police said a 'mob boss' has been gunned down in Ancaster. The man has been identified as Albert Iavarone. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Mr. Iavarone has no criminal record but he is known to police because he is associated to individuals involved in organized crime in the Hamilton area.”

Colombian Cocaine production up 31%

Cocaine production in Colombia, the world’s top producer, soared in 2017 by an estimated 31%. Production is pegged at 1,379 tonnes (1,520 tons). About 423,000 acres in Colombia were planted with coca last year, a 17% increase. Coca output now surpasses the previous record in 2000. The U.S. has given Colombia more than $10 billion in aid since 2000.

Opioid deaths on the rise in Canada

New statistics on opioid-related deaths in Canada through the first three months of the year have been released. More than 11 Canadians are dying every day on average. There were 1,036 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada from January through March 2018. That's a 5% increase from the same period in 2017, and a 44% jump from the first three months of 2016. 3,996 opioid related deaths ocurred in 2017 compared to 3,005 in 2016.

Overdose deaths have historically involved long-term drug users, but that is changing to recreational drug users and those living with chronic pain.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ATM deep insert skimmer - the latest thing

Crooks have stepped up their game from ATM overlays. The latest device being used to rip you off is called a deep insert skimmer. That's a skimmer that you can't see at all from outside the machine. It captures your card data and that information can be used to access your account or clone your card.
Deep insert skimmers record card data and store it on an embedded flash drive, then transmit stolen card data wirelessly via infrared, like a TV remote control. The hidden camera has a dual function: to record PINs and to receive card data from the skimmer. Crooks leave the insert skimmer embedded in the ATM’s card slot, and swap out the hidden camera when its battery is low. The skimmer turns itself on when reading a card, giving a long battery life.
It's a rapidly growing crime. Last month the Oklahoma City metropolitan area experienced rash of ATM attacks involving deep insert skimmers. Two weeks ago a Romanian pleaded guilty to bank fraud and identity theft in Springfield, Massachusetts. Police say he was part of an organized group that inserted skimming devices in ATMs and stole more than $900,000 from bank customers in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. The man faces up to 30 years in federal prison.

Another Romanian group was recently busted in the Philippines.

U.S. Seizes Lambo, Crypto millions of dead AlphaBay founder Cazes

A US court has seized assets that belonged to Canadian Alexandre Cazes, who committed suicide in Thai prison last summer – days after being arrested for operating the darknet marketplace AlphaBay. Cazes was facing conspiracy charges related to identity theft, fraud, racketeering, trafficking and money laundering.

Cops crashed a squad car into the front gate of Cazes' Bangkok mansion to lure him into reach before he could encrypt or wipe digital evidence connected to the crimes.
Cazes' net worth was $23 million.The critical evidence was on an open laptop that police found in Cazes' bedroom. Cazes had more than $8.8m in cryptocurrencies ... 1,605.05 bitcoin, 8,309.27 ether, and 3,691.98 zcash. Cryptocurrency was linked to bank accounts that Cazes and his Thai wife, Sunisa Thapsuwan, had registered in Thailand, Switzerland and the Caribbean. The couple splurged on luxury vehicles and six beachfront vacation resorts around the world. Police also found $ 770k in cash.
It's said investigators tracked Cazes down through a single critical error, the personal email address “”. The email was included in an early welcome message to AlphaBay and scattered across various forums that Cazes participated in. AlphaBay had been the busiest commercial venue on the dark web, peaking at over 400,000 lifetime users, 370,000 cumulative listings and $800,000 worth of daily transactions at the time of its collapse.
See ----->Alexandre Cazes, mastermind of darknet site found dead in Thai custody

Quebec RCMP seize huge cocaine shipment

CBSA seized 81 kg (179 pounds) of cocaine on the bulk carrier Jacqueline C, which arrived from Guyana at the Port of Valleyfield, located 48 km west of Montreal.
The ship is still moored there. Four men were arrested.
He quoted Edmund Burke in 2013 "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"Roldan De Gorio Tito, 36 and Nazir Ahmad Hussain, 48, are charged with conspiracy to import drugs for the purpose of trafficking. Tito posted photos of himself on the ship on multiple social networks. He hails from the Phillipines.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Truck with 157 bodies inside abandoned in Jalisco

Overcrowding at morgues in Jalisco led authorities to store 157 unidentified bodies in a refrigerated truck near the city of Guadalajara. Neighbors' complaints about the truck caused authorities to change its location several times. It went from a morgue parking lot to another government-run lot, before it finally wound up in a field behind a housing development.
Neighbors of the area denounced the discovery twelve hours after the vehicle was abandoned due to the strong odors emanating from it. While refrigeration slows decomposition, many corpses are already rotting. Hours later the truck was moved to an industrial area of ​​the municipality of Guadalajara.
State and local authorities have struggled as bodies pile up from Mexico's rising tide of violence. Morgues in several states have run out of room for new arrivals. In Jalisco, "the physical space to keep the bodies of the dead has been outstripped ... given that every day they are finding bodies in different places, in clandestine graves, shot dead in the street, etcetera."

Colombian Drug Kingpin Cuellar-Silva extradited to Los Angeles

Victor Hugo Cuellar-Silva is among 47 charged in a vast conspiracy to ship tons of Colombian cocaine through Mexico to the U.S. Cuellar-Silva, who was extradited Thursday from Colombia, was a high-ranking member of the drug ring headed by Mexican fugitive Angel Humberto Chavez-Gastelum, one of the most-wanted drug traffickers in the world.

Authorities seized more than 7,700 pounds (3,500kg) of cocaine with a street value over $500m during the three-year investigation. Cuellar-Silva participated in a violent ring that used planes, go-fast boats and submarines.
The Hawker 800 crashed near the town of Puerto Colombia.The seizures included cocaine recovered after a plane was shot down by the Venezuelan military and crashed in the Caribbean.

Chavez-Gastelum and his son, Alonso Jaime Gastelum-Salazar, are also charged with two counts of murder in Mexico. One of the victims was tortured and dismembered. The grisly act was shot on video obtained by investigators.