Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Police raids target resurgent Cosa Nostra in Sicily and Gambino family in New York

Italian police and FBI agents arrested 19 mafia suspects in Sicily and New York on Wednesday in a coordinated crackdown that brought to the fore the enduring transatlantic ties between organized crime families in Italy and the United States, according to Italian authorities. (National Post)

MS 13 members hacked up victim, cut his heart out

LOS ANGELES - More than 20 MS-13 gangsters and associates have been indicted on federal charges of racketeering and murder for allegedly taking part in a violent Southern California crime spree that an indictment unsealed this week says included the slaying of one victim who was dismembered and had his heart cut out. (CNN)

Sources say RCMP have opened file on Liberal MP relating to real estate deals with Asian Organized Crime figures

Global News has learned the RCMP opened a file on B.C. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido after confidential police informants alleged the veteran politician had been knowingly associating with Chinese organized crime figures through his former real estate law practice in Richmond, B.C. (Global News)

Killer of Surrey gangster pleads guilty to manslaughter

VANCOUVER - A man who shot to death a well-known gangster in broad daylight two years ago has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and been sentenced to just under 11 years in prison. (Vancouver Sun)

Vancouver drug smuggler found slain in Columbia

A major Vancouver drug importer with international connections was found stabbed and burned in Colombia a day after flying into the country last month. (Vancouver Sun)

After 18 years in prison, Hells Angels hitman can begin to apply for parole

A long legal battle involving a hitman for the Hells Angels came to a close Friday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court when lawyers agreed that Dean Daniel Kelsie can now begin applying for parole. Kelsie shot and killed Sean Simmons in the lobby of an apartment building in north-end Dartmouth, N.S., on Oct. 3, 2000. Kelsie was one of four men who took part in the killing. (CBC)

Feds announce $10M for RCMP to combat money laundering

VANCOUVER - The federal government has announced $10 million to help the RCMP prosecute money laundering after a special meeting of Canada's finance and justice ministers to discuss the pervasive problem. (CTV)

Canadian man sentenced to 9 years for selling encrypted Blackberries to criminals

SAN DIEGO - A Canadian man who sold encrypted BlackBerry smartphones to criminals worldwide that enabled them to sell drugs and even plan murders while avoiding the prying eyes of law enforcement was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison. (CTV)

B.C. to hold public inquiry into money laundering

VICTORIA - The British Columbia government has launched a public inquiry into money laundering, a crime the premier says has distorted the provincial economy, infiltrated casinos, fuelled the overdose crisis and increased the price of real estate. (National Post)
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