Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Large number high-threat organized crime groups have links to B.C.,inquiry hears

A public inquiry into money laundering has heard that British Columbia appears to have more high-level organized crime groups than other provinces. The director general of Criminal Intelligence Service Canada says that among at least 1,850 organized crime groups known to operate in Canada, the agency has assessed 680.(CBC)

Police announce arrests after probe into organized crime and violence in the tow truck industry

TORONTO - Several organized crime groups working within the towing industry have been using violence and property damage as a way to grab control and territory within the industry in southern Ontario, York Regional Police said Tuesday, while announcing multiple arrests. (CBC)

Jamie Bacon to be tried for murder in Surrey Six case

Eileen Mohan went to her son Christopher’s grave on Thursday to light a candle after learning there would be a new trial for a man charged in the Surrey Six slayings.(The Province)

Mob enforcer’s accused killer facing another murder charge

A 29-year-old already charged in a murder is now accused in the brazen takeout last November of reputed Mob enforcer Antonio “Scratch” Fiorda at an Etobicoke strip mall. (Toronto Sun)

‘El Chapo’ enforcer ‘El Chino Anthrax’ found murdered in Mexican desert

A former top enforcer for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s cartel who vanished from federal parole supervision in San Diego was found murdered in Mexico alongside his sister and brother-in-law, officials said. (New York Post)

Toronto police seize coke, cash, high-end watches in $8 million bust

Four men are in custody and two more on the run after Toronto police dismantled a ‘professional’ level cocaine trafficking operation. (Toronto Sun)
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Vancouver police seize 8 guns, $3m of drugs in massive bust

Organized criminals and drug gangs have adapted their illicit operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the Vancouver Police Department’s organized crime section says. (The Province)

Europe flooded with cocaine despite coronavirus trade disruptions

BRUSSELS - Latin American drug lords have sent bumper shipments of cocaine to Europe in recent weeks, including one in a cargo of squid, even though the coronavirus epidemic has stifled legitimate transatlantic trade, senior anti-narcotics officials say. (The Province)

Alleged top Mafia boss arrested again before he took even one step out of prison

The only semblance of freedom a man who was once named as the top Mafia boss in Toronto enjoyed after winning his parole was the narrow view from a window as he was driven from one prison to another.(National Post)

B.C. gangs changing tactics as closed borders, COVID-19 deal impact

VANCOUVER - Gangs and organized crime groups in B.C. are changing how they operate and run their illegal business due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, police forces say.(The Province)

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