Monday, May 21, 2018

Joseph 'Joe' Pirrello - Australia's Largest Cocaine Trafficker

Fisherman Joseph 'Joe' Pirrello, 64, pleaded guilty to masterminding one of Australia's biggest cocaine smuggling syndicates after he was caught by police surveillance. A two-year investigation led to police catching the group on Christmas Day 2016 importing 500 kg of cocaine at Brooklyn, on Sydney's upper north shore.

Seven members from the 17-man syndicate have pleaded guilty to being involved in the operation, which led to the seizure of 1.1 tonnes of cocaine and 32kgs of heroin worth $370 million. Pirrello was found to be the common link between the 17 members, after more than 100 meetings between them were surveilled by police.

Facebook accounts revealed lavish lifestyles of the cocaine smuggling ring

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Raid reveals scores of fake Mexican cops on town’s police force

A raid at a local police department in the state of Puebla turned up 113 fake cops — out of a force of 185. They all face charges of impersonating a police officer.

The state government took over policing duties in the town, San Martin Texmelucan, which has seen a recent spike in violence and dismembered bodies.
The crooked cops paid bribes in order to get their badges. Some 'real' officers were arrested for charging up to 5,000 pesos ($260) to allow their shady new colleagues to avoid vetting and background checks. Puebla has the highest number of illegal pipeline taps used by gangs to steal diesel and gas.

East Baltimore gang boss sentenced to life for ordering murder of police informant

Gerald "Geezy" Johnson, 35, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for ruling over a branch of the Black Guerrilla Family street gang and ordering the execution of a police informant. He showed no emotion as a federal judge handed down the harshest possible penalty. The gang committed seven murders, shootings and more than 10 armed robberies while selling drugs. Their reign lasted over a decade.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Canada should heed warnings about MS-13 gang

Canada’s organized crime intelligence gathering unit has flagged police about the possibility of violent MS-13 gang members flooding into Canada thanks to porous border points. Experts predict MS-13 will infiltrate schools and participate in drug and human trafficking as well as be involved in the illegal gun trade.
Criminal Intelligence Service Canada said an “influx of Salvadoran migrants is expected throughout 2018 and 2019 requesting asylum in response to the removal of their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States” and that “MS-13 members will likely exploit the migration of Salvadorians to Canada to set up new cells, most likely in the Greater Toronto Area, Montreal and Vancouver.”

Friday, May 18, 2018

Malaysia: Bags of cash, jewellery, loot, seized from Najib Razak's properties

Handbags stuffed with cash, jewellery items and hundreds of expensive purses were among the items seized from homes owned by former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's family, during police raids in Kuala Lumpur.
Investigators took boxes of Hermes Birkin bags from one property and loaded them into five police trucks. Hermes bags cost between tens of thousands up to $200k each.

Ex-first lady Rosmah Mansor is a divisive figure in Malaysia.
Police also seized at least 72 bags filled jewellery, watches as well as cash. Najib Razak is prevented by the new government from leaving the country, and is being investigated by the new government over a corruption scandal at the state-owned investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), from which officials are alleged to have stolen more than $4.5bn.

High levels of fentanyl — and deceit — in Vancouver street-drug supply

The B.C. Centre on Substance Use says fentanyl cut with caffeine and a sugar substitute is being sold as heroin on Vancouver's streets. Testing showed that heroin was present in just 13% of samples brought in by people who thought they had bought the drug. Overall, 61% of the substances tested at two supervised consumption sites didn't contain any of the drug that people had expected. Experts say the heroin supply has largely been supplanted. Fentanyl was found to be present in 88% of all the opioid samples submitted for testing.
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Two high ranking members of the Bandidos found guilty

Jurors in San Antonio convicted Bandidos President Jeffrey Fay Pike and Vice President Xavier Portillo Thursday on federal racketeering related to multiple murders, attempted murders, assaults, extortion and drug trafficking charges. They are facing up to life in federal prison.

Among the charges of which Pike and Portillo were convicted for was the orchestration of the 2006 murder of Anthony Benesh of Austin.
Pike and Portillo ordered other Bandidos members to murder Benesh, who was attempting to start a Texas Chapter of the Hell’s Angels in Austin at the time. In March of 2017, four members of the Bandidos motorcycle organization were indicted by a federal grand jury in connection to Benesh's murder.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bacon Murder; Sukh Dhak was a happy camper

Jujhar Khun-Khun and Sukh Dhak
Gangster Sukh Dhak was in a celebratory mood after the killing of Jonathan Bacon, a Kelowna court was told. Sukh Dhak sent an estatic text message shortly after Bacon was killed outside the Delta Grand hotel in downtown Kelowna, a witness testified. “I got a zap from Sukh. The first thing he said was, ‘Congratulations, LOL, go have a drink,’” said the witness, who cannot be identified because he is a former gangster testifying for the Crown.

It's thought Dhak targeted the men behind the murder of his brother Gurmit in 2010. Sukh Dhak was murdered in 2012. No one has ever been charged in Dhak’s murder, but the assassin is believed to be from the Wolf Pack.
By coincidence, the witness testified, they were driving by the hotel moments after the attack. “I looked to my left and I saw Larry’s Porsche on the grass, and I saw Larry, blood on his face and blood on his arms,” the witness said. “I was just like, ‘Holy FUCK’. “I could see Larry shaking.”

The witness said he received a text message from shooter Manny Hairan. ‘How many are dead?' Hairan was murdered in January 2013.

Shane Dankoski and Sukh Dhak
Sukh Dhak, James Fitzgerald and Manny Hairan

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Ecstasy and cocaine getting stronger

Ecstasy pills are becoming stronger and cocaine sold on the streets is more pure, according to a new report. Tests were carried out on 12,000 drug samples in 2017. The researchers found the amount of MDMA – the active ingredient – in ecstasy pills had gone up from an average 120 milligrams in 2013 to 167 milligrams last year.
While it's difficult to say why ecstasy pills have become stronger, the cheapness of the drug is likely the reason. It costs peanuts, so producers are less likely to worry about how much they use. When it comes to cocaine, in 2014, just 59% of the powder was made up of the actual drug, but this rose to an average of 68% last year.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

California police detective arrested after lying about his Mexican Mafia, crime connections

Glendale police detective John Saro Balian, 45, is accused of lying to federal agents who were investigating his connections to the Mexican Mafia and Armenian organized crime.

Balian was charged in a 47-page criminal complaint with making false statements to investigators during interviews last year. Balian repeatedly made false statements and misrepresentations about his links to criminal figures.
The complaint accuses Balian of lying to mislead investigators about his relationship with Jose Loza, a Mexican Mafia member and “shot-caller” of the Canta Ranas street gang, which is facing federal racketeering charges – even though at the time, “Balian was communicating with Loza via a burner cell phone to discuss jointly undertaken criminal activities.”

Balian is suspected of lying about accepting money to find people who may have been associated with a burglary at the offices of a convicted felon who later became an informant.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Australia's Cocaine Armada: 'blow boats'

Cocaine smugglers have unleashed a fleet of 'blow boats' towards Australia from tropical islands in the south Pacific. The Federal police have revealed that 3.3 tonnes of drugs were seized from private yachts since December 2016. The seizures involved four major stings involving French or Pacific Islands.

This yacht was found marooned on a deserted tropical island in the south Pacific in 2012. Stashed on board was more than 200kg of cocaine and a decomposed body
There is a massive payoff for smugglers looking to transport cocaine into Australia, which has one of the highest prices per gram in the world.

Fentanyl landing in California

Fentanyl is increasingly showing up in drugs in California. Although California has avoided the worst of the opioid epidemic, the drug market is dominated by stimulants — the very drugs that have started to be mixed with fentanyl. California has the seventh lowest drug-overdose death rate in the nation, partly due to the type of heroin sold.
Black tar heroin is sold west of the Mississippi. In the East it's a white powder. Black tar heroin is harder to mix with fentanyl so less likely to cause overdoses and deaths, but that advantage could fade. In the last year in Southern California federal agents have repeatedly made seizures of cocaine with fentanyl, methamphetamine with fentanyl and ketamine with fentanyl.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Frank Sinatra’s FBI File

The Federal Bureau of Investigation tracked Sinatra for over 40 years, amassing a dossier of thousand of pages. Sinatra’s ties to known Mafia members and the underworld were many.

Sinatra’s FBI file reads like a guide to the era’s organized crime figures. Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana was a close friend.
There are accounts of gifts from Joseph and Charles Fischetti, brothers with the Chicago outfit who ran illegal gambling operations. There’s a Godfather-style appearance at an Atlantic City club as a favor for attendees of the wedding of the daughter of Philadelphia mobster Angelo Bruno.

There’s even documentation of the Mob exerting pressure on Sinatra’s behalf to release him from a 1951 contract. FBI agents also watched Sinatra carouse with Detroit mobsters Anthony and Vito Giacalone.
His FBI file never got him in trouble, but it reflects the power and influence of the singer.