Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
During the search, they found four stolen vehicles. The next day, an additional container was found to hold six stolen vehicles.
|On April 11, CBSA officers searched three containers destined for export. After running checks on the vehicles within the containers, they determined four were stolen. On April 20, CBSA officers examined two more export containers.|
|Authorities say they are seeing an increase in biker gang activity in Florida as the OMGs try to maintain dominance over each other, especially in South Florida. The FBI sent out a memo warning law enforcement to expect an uptick in biker gang activity in South Florida, particularly in the Florida Keys. The four main biker gangs aiming for dominance in South Florida are the Outlaws, the Hells Angels, the Pagans and the Pistons. The Outlaws in particular are trying to take more control, but all 4 clubs are increasing activities.|
|Florida's biker gangs have claimed various parts of the state, with the Outlaws being the dominant club, especially in South Florida. In South Florida, the Dirty White Boys have a clubhouse in Davie, and the Black Pistons have one in Riviera Beach. Central Florida is home to the Warlocks, and the Pagans have a chapter north of Tampa. The Los Angeles-based The Mongols also have been known to operate in the Tampa area. Last month, an Outlaws member was fatally stabbed in a Daytona Beach, Florida bar. Authorities believe the man's killer belongs to the Pagan Motorcycle Club.|
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Funeral for Tom Gisby
|Sheck is no stranger to Charter arguments. In 2012 the court found Sheck’s Charter rights were violated by lengthy court delays in a firearms’ trial, but rejected a bid to drop criminal charges. A Judge said there were a number of reasons why Sheck’s firearms case took more than 42 months to get to sentencing, including constitutional challenges launched by Sheck’s legal team. He was eventually sentenced to 18 months.|
Sheck was caught with a loaded Glock in his Louis Vuitton man purse in a Surrey Earl’s restaurant in November 2010. Gang cops were doing surveillance on him at the time.
The long-running federal investigation also saw $16 million seized.
|Sheck remains wanted in Washington State, where he was indicted in January 2013 on 22 counts of conspiracy and money laundering more than $5 million in drug profits. 1,710 pounds of cocaine, 123 pounds of ecstasy and 12 guns were seized. Sheck boasted to undercover police about being a big-time B.C. gangster, about funding terrorism and about corrupting officials.|
The money-laundering offences occurred while Sheck was out on bail. Many large transfers were destined for the Dominican Republic.
|In April 2012 B.C. resident Tom Gisby was in Mexico after learning he was targeted in retaliation for the shooting that left gangster Jonathan Bacon dead. Gisby knew the threat against him was real even before his motorhome was firebombed, an attack in which he suffered superficial burns.|
Sheck was a close associate of the late Tom Gisby. Gisby was gunned down in a Starbucks in Nuevo Vallarta by two gunman who fled the scene. It came the same day that UN B.C. gangster Salih Abdulaziz Sahba was shot to death in Sinaloa. A day later, gangster Sandip Duhre was gunned down in the lobby of the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver.
Tom Gisby getting loaded into ambulance April 28, 2012
Saturday, May 27, 2017
| Three Nicaraguan crew members arrested on a cruise ship docked at Canada Place last week are now being deported under the transnational crime provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Federal officials allege they smuggled Colombian cocaine to Canada while muling for a cartel. Willard Murray Brooks, Emil Hebbert Garth and Jason West Carter appeared before an adjudicator. The three of them met a man in Cartagena, Colombia who gave them 10 kilograms of cocaine and instructions on what to do when they arrived Vancouver. They then smuggled the cocaine aboard the Island Princess cruise ship when it was docked in Cartagena. They did so in secret compartments of their shoes and clothing.|
The men took five kilograms of the cocaine to the Pacific Centre food court that day and waited, as instructed. A man met them, took them to his car, and paid them US$30,000 in exchange for the drugs.
|They tucked the cash into their underwear before heading back to the ship at Canada Place. When they went through routine CBSA screening at the cruise ship terminal, officials found the undeclared cash. A search followed and CBSA discovered another kilogram of cocaine in the men’s personal quarters.|
Friday, May 26, 2017
Angelo Musitano and Pat Musitano
|The brazen killing of notorious Hamilton mobster Angelo Musitano, who was gunned down in his driveway, might have been revenge 20 years in the making. Musitano was gunned down just before the 20-year anniversary of the famous hit on the fearsome Johnny (Pops) Papalia, to which he was forever linked.|
|The Musitano crime family first came to Canada when Musitano's namesake great uncle, Angelo senior, left Calabria. Alongside Musitano's father, Dominic, they built a criminal empire that was active for decades. But things have changed, experts say. The Mafia's influence has waned, while Asian gangs and the Hells Angels have gained more power.|
As mafia power and influence waned, so too would have Musitano's personal power and influence. Word would have gotten out that he had turned to religion and was writing a book about his mafia life, but few believe he was attempting to turn the page on his former life. In any case both factors would be seen as signs of weakness, often a fatal flaw in the mafia.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
|A video of two hooded men brazenly gunning down a man in a Toronto parking lot has been released in hopes of identifying the killers.|
Leonard Pinnock, 33, of Hamilton, was shot dead Friday, April 21 at 9:30 p.m. in a parking lot at Dufferin St. and Bowie Ave., north of Eglinton. Toronto Police say Pinnock was in the area giving a friend a ride as a favour and had been there for a “long time” before he was shot.
|Homicide Detectives said why he was targeted is not known. Pinnock is Toronto’s 18th homicide victim of year.|
|Seventeen years and US$10 billion after the U.S. government launched the counternarcotics and security package known as Plan Colombia, America’s closest drug-war ally is covered with more than 460,000 acres of coca. Colombian farmers have never grown so much, not even when Pablo Escobar ruled the drug trade.|
The cocaine market so saturated that prices have crashed and unpicked coca leaves are rotting in the fields.
|Colombia produced 710 metric tons of cocaine last year, according to U.S. government estimates, up from 235 metric tons in 2013. America’s drug fight has shifted to the opioid abuse crisis while U.S. cocaine use is soaring. American officials say the flood of cheap Colombian product is so large that it’s created its own demand. U.S. cocaine overdose deaths are at a 10-year high.|
Ecuadorean Prado Alava was responsible for trafficking 250 tons of cocaine
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
|Éric Thibault is reporting that in order to protect investigative techniques that allow terrorist suspects to be caught, the RCMP could be forced to sacrifice a major operation against the Montreal mafia. This is what the RCMP and Crown face in the Clemenza Project, where 38 of the 58 accused have already been released without being tried.|
|RCMP investigators said that disclosure of this "sensitive information" would help criminals "adapt" and could hamper future investigations.|
|In the Raynald Desjardins murder trial rather than complying, the prosecution negotiated with the accused, who then pleaded guilty to reduced charges of conspiracy.|
National security investigations have supplanted those of organized crime as the top priority for the RCMP since the 2014 fatal bombings in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
|70-year-old Yakuza kingpin Satoru Nomura, don of the Kudo-kai crime syndicate, demanded “organized retaliation” after penis enlargement surgery failed his expectations. Nomura allegedly ordered a hit on the female nurse who participated in the penis empowering procedure.|
The Japan Times reports that the crime boss “unjustifiably resented the failed surgery” and blamed the phallus failure on the nurse.
On her way home from the clinic, the nurse was stabbed in the neck and chest by an underling of Nomura.
|A Hells Angel was fatally shot at a Riverside gas station after police responded to a call of a shooting at a Shell gas station at 3502 Adams St. in Riverside shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday.|
A gas station employee, who made the 911 call, said the gunfire took place directly in front of gas pumps.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
|The powerful opioid carfentanil has claimed another 5 lives in the Minneapolis area.|
A 52-year-old inmate, identified as Larance Curtis McMorris is the fourth confirmed death in Milwaukee County from carfentanil.
Carfentanil has killed four people in Maryland in recent weeks. In Alberta there have been 21 deaths in the first three months of 2017 directly attributed to Carfentanil.
|Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo||Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo (born June 4, 1944) is a former de facto boss of the New Jersey DeCavalcante crime family who eventually became a government witness. Fictional mob boss Tony Soprano is based upon Palermo.|
In the early 1960s, Vincent Palermo met and married the niece of mob boss Sam DeCavalcante. DeCavalcante took a liking to his son-in-law and began inviting him to visit his social club in Kenilworth, New Jersey. He worked at the fish markets in the early morning hours and hung out with mobsters on Sunday afternoons.
|James Gandolfini - Sopranos|
Local authorities uncovered the scheme and started investigating Weiss, and the two mob families became nervous. Gambino boss John Gotti requested that the DeCavalcante family murder Weiss.
|On September 11, 1989, Palermo, Anthony Capo, and James "Jimmy" Gallo murdered Fred Weiss, on orders from DeCavalcante boss Giovanni "John the Eagle" Riggi. Weiss was associated with mobsters from both the DeCavalcante family and the New York Gambino crime family.|
Weiss and his mob partners had purchased a vacant property in Staten Island and illegally dumped large amounts of dangerous medical waste there.
Mob Boss Giovanni Riggi during the trial of the 1989 slaying of Weiss
|Palermo was quickly 'made' and shortly after was appointed caporegime and given his own crew. Riggi was sent to prison in 1989, and he appointed John "Johnny Boy" D'Amato as his acting boss. However, D'Amato's disgruntled girlfriend alleged in 1992 that he was bisexual. Riggi ordered Palermo and Anthony Capo to murder D'Amato in order to avoid embarrassment to the DeCavalcante family. In early 1992, D'Amato disappeared and his body was never found.|
By the mid-90s, Vinny Palermo was the de facto boss of the family, paralleling Tony Soprano in the Sopranos, and John Riggi was the boss in absentia from jail.
|'Vito Spatafore' - Sopranos|
After testifying for the government, Vincent Palermo and his family entered the federal Witness Protection Program.
|In 1998, the FBI recruited DeCavalcante associate Ralph Guarino as a mob informant who devastated the DeCavalcante family. The agency gave him cell phones rigged with surveillance equipment to distribute to other family members. In October 1998, Vincent Palermo's trusted lieutenant Joseph Masella was shot to death, leaving an opening in the family. Guarino was promoted to made man.|
In 1999, the FBI moved in on the DeCavalcante family. Palermo decided to become a government witness. He confessed to killing Weiss and mobster Louis LaRasso and to planning the murders of John D'Amato, Joseph Masella, Charles Majuri, Frank D'Amato, and Tom Salvata. He also implicated other DeCavalcante family members in various crimes.
Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo
|On September 14, 2009, the New York Daily News exposed Vinny Ocean's new life in witness protection as a strip club operator in Houston, Texas. The 'Penthouse Club' and 'All-Star Men's Club' were hotbeds of prostitution and drugs according to police. He also owned a Mexican restaurant and a car wash - all next to one another in a gritty section of Houston.|
On March 4, 2013, Palermo filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Under Chapter 11, a person's assets and debts are not liquidated, but the filer is given court protection from creditors.
Palermo put his $2.45 million home up for sale in September 2015.