Saturday, May 15, 2021

Hitman’s first job was failed execution of a Hells Angel

VANCOUVER - The woman dressed in a burqa carefully clutching her purse boarded the Canada Line SkyTrain at the Bridgeport station in Richmond, B.C. Underneath the disguise was Knowah Truth Ferguson, a Hamilton man just two months past his 18th birthday. Inside the purse was a .45-calibre gun and a Glock pistol. (Hamilton Spectator)

‘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)
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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)

Severed head of Dublin teen discovered inside burning car in suspected gang hit

DUBLIN - A manhunt is underway after the severed head of a missing teen was discovered inside a burning car and other body parts were found in a park in a suspected gangland hit. (New York Post)

Parts of Asia slipping into the hands of organized crime

Southeast Asia is no stranger to organized crime. Twenty years ago, the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed to address the growing illicit drug economy and signed a joint declaration that the region would become "drug-free." (CNN)

Alberta Hells Angel extorted and attacked former B.C. supplier

VANCOUVER - For more than a dozen years, Hope resident Richard Houle grew cannabis illegally for an Edmonton Hells Angel, Neil Cantrill. When Houle told Cantrill at a meeting in December 2014 that he wanted to get out of the business, he didn’t think there would be any problem. (The Province)

21 killed in Mexico cartel shootout

Mexican security forces on Sunday killed seven more members of a presumed cartel assault force that rolled into a town near the Texas border and staged an hour-long attack, officials said, putting the overall death toll at 21. The Coahuila state government said in a statement that lawmen aided by helicopters were still chasing remnants of the force that arrived in a convoy of pickup trucks and attacked the city hall of Villa Union on Saturday. (CBS)

B.C. AG eyes expanding scope of special anti-money laundering unit

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government may expand the scope of a proposed policing unit, meant to specialize in money laundering in casinos, to other areas, including real estate. (The Province)

‘Never-ending war’: Alberta’s battle against biker gangs

SPRUCE GROVE - An orange glow on the horizon burnt off a light July fog as a surveillance unit with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) monitored the movements of Shane Lance Daly early one morning. (Postmedia)

OPP bust organized crime group accused of making illegal guns

Ontario Provincial Police have charged 23 people after an eight-month investigation into the trafficking of illegal firearms and drugs by an organized crime group in the Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe areas. (CBC)

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