Saturday, April 29, 2017
Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick
|The prosecution’s star witness in the murder of Jeffrey Pettigrew, president of the Hells Angels San Jose chapter at the Nugget Casino in Sparks, Nevada now claims his testimony was a fabrication. Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick, a former Vagos biker gang member, now claims he lied about a conspiracy to kill Pettigrew in 2011.|
A mass brawl broke out on the casino floor between rival Hells Angels and Vagos biker gangs. Pettigrew was shot dead in the melee, two Vagos members were wounded. Hours later, a member of the Vagos gang was shot dead. Vagos gang member Ernesto Gonzalez was convicted in the death. Gonzalez was caught a week later, when he told police his arrest came as a relief, because he believed the Hells Angels wanted to kill him.
|Gonzalez was convicted of the Nugget murder in 2013 largely on the basis of Rudnick’s testimony, and sentenced to life in prison.|
Rudnick says there was no assassination plot. Instead, Rudnick insisted he lied in order to obtain a plea deal that would give him a reduced sentence and a place on the federal witness protection program. He was accused of starting the fight in the casino that led to the killing, and served two years for conspiracy to commit murder. Rudnick is now a free man.
Friday, April 28, 2017
|The trial for three men charged with the first degree, 2011 murder of Red Scorpion gangster Jonathan Bacon will start May 15th. Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun, Michael Jones and Jason McBride are also charged with the attempted murder of Hells Angel Larry Amero and Independent Soldier James Riach and two women who were all in the Porsche Cayenne when it was sprayed by gunfire.|
|The Cory Vallee murder trial continues. He is accused of first degree murder of Kevin LeClair who was shot to death in 2009. An ex-United Nations gangster paid $300,000 to testify has been on the stand for 9 days so far.|
|Accused Surrey Six killer Jamie Bacon was arrested at his home on April 4th, 2009. His murder trial has been delayed until March 2018, more than a decade after the Surrey Six murders he is alleged to have plotted. A defence motion to stay the charges against the notorious gangster due to the lengthy delay has been launched. Bacon is alleged to have ordered the hit on rival drug trafficker Corey Lal that went out of control on Oct. 19, 2007 and resulted in the murder of Lal, his brother Michael, associates Ryan Bartolomeo and Eddie Narong, and bystanders Chris Mohan and Ed Schellenberg.|
Thursday, April 27, 2017
|Two Canada Border Service Agency officers are facing charges for allegedly helping to import cocaine through Pearson airport. The two officers, who were stationed at Pearson, are accused of facilitating the importation of 30 kilograms of cocaine to Toronto from Colombia and Jamaica.|
|Patrick Ruddy, 37, of Toronto, and Brano Andrews, 41, of Barrie, face charges of breach of trust by a public officer, conspiracy of importing illegal substances and importing illegal substances.
Three others were charged. Roberto Leyva, 32, of Niagara Falls, and Keith Hamid, 41, of Brampton, face charges for importing illegal substances. Rennie Escoffery, 57, also of Brampton, faces charges for conspiracy of importing illegal substances.|
|Two deadly drugs behind an epidemic of fatalities in the US are now spreading onto British streets, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned.
Police believe a spate of deaths in the north of England has been caused by heroin laced with fentanyl and carfentanil. Public Health England has issued a drugs alert in a sign of how concerned police and medical authorities are becoming.|
Four people died in the Barnsley area of South Yorkshire, on April 14 and two men died the day after in Leeds and Normanton in West Yorkshire. Since these six deaths, there have been similar fatalities recorded by Humberside and Cleveland Police.
|On Tuesday, public health officials confirmed the first cases of overdose deaths from carfentanil in New Hampshire.|
|Throughout the U.S., carfentanil is being found in cocaine, counterfeit pills, methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs. It can also be found in liquid form. |
The situation is the same in Canada. Carfentanil was seized during a drug bust in Hinton. Inmates have been overdosing at Drumheller Institution from carfentanil. Carfentanil has been detected in Port Alberni and the Alberni Valley. It has appeared in drugs seized north of Toronto in Richmond Hill.
|Last September, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency issued a warning to law enforcement about carfentanil. Those warnings are proving frighteningly accurate.|
Carfentanil is 100 times deadlier than fentanyl, which is 50 times deadlier than heroin.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
|Calgary police seized 83 kg of phenacetin — a pain-relieving compound that was pulled from drug store shelves in the 1970s and is now used for cutting cocaine. |
Phenacetin has a numbing effect similar to cocaine but is far cheaper, so it's common for drug dealers to mix the two to boost their profits.
|Police say multiple organizations in Calgary and other cities across Canada were receiving similar drugs distributed from the two men who were charged.|
The investigation was sparked after the Canadian Border Services Agency seized three 25kg barrels of phenacetin last year, all destined for Calgary.
|"This is yet another blatant attempt by a public official to spread needless fear among his constituents and all New Brunswickers," said Stephen Wallace, on behalf of the The Atlantic Confederation of Clubs and Independents.|
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
|Montreal's towing industry has been infiltrated by organized crime groups that use violence and intimidation to secure profits, according to a report released by the city's inspector general.|
Last year, Montreal police arrested 13 people as part of a crackdown on an illegal Mafia towing operation
|Many tow-truck owners told the inspector general that they are being extorted, be it the Hells Angels, the Mafia or street gangs. The owner of one company said he had to pay between $500 and $700 per week in protection money to a member of the Hells Angels if he wanted to continue operating.|
Failure to pay, the report reads, could result in threats or acts of intimidation. There appears to be little desire on the part of organized-crime members to disguise their affiliations.
|The report also details how the owners of some towing companies have managed to skirt measures designed to keep them from receiving public contracts. |
A handful of owners, some connected to crime groups, have been subjected to a five-year ban from bidding on city contracts, for having participated in price collusion schemes. They have been able to get around the ban by using their spouse's name or by setting up shell companies. The owner of several towing firms is a known founder of a biker club linked to the Hells Angels and is now in jail on drug and weapons charges.