Sunday, March 29, 2020

B.C. disbanded RCMP unit after report warned possible crime figure bought stake in casino

A businessman “connected to Asian organized crime” was allowed by a British Columbia government employee to buy part of a B.C. Lottery Corp.casino, according to a confidential RCMP report obtained by Global News. (Global News)

Police dismantle organized crime network in Manitoba / Ontario

Police laid out heaps of cash, drugs and illegal cigarettes seized during co-ordinated raids last week on properties linked to organized crime in Manitoba and southern Ontario. (CBC)

Illegal gambling ring raked in $131 million over five years: OPP

Three alleged Hells Angels members, including a Londoner, controlled an illegal multi-million gambling operation, police said Thursday as they detailed a provincewide bust that led to the arrests of 28 people on 228 charges. (Toronto Sun)

11 alleged members of Gambino crime family arrested in mob bust

NEW YORK - Eleven alleged members of the Gambino organized crime family were locked up Thursday on federal charges including threatening people who owed them money, telling one in a conversation captured by wiretap to pay $100,000 or else lose his teeth. (AP)

Hells Angel arrested, likely biggest ever seizure of meth in Manitoba say RCMP

Police say a series of organized crime raids executed in Winnipeg and the Interlake Wednesday has likely brought in one the largest seizures of meth Manitoba has ever seen. (Global News)

Gov’t says couple ran bawdy houses for years

For years, Xiao Ai Rong and her husband Kwei Chiu Chan have run bawdy houses and illicit drug labs out of rental properties in Vancouver, according to the B.C. government. (Vancouver Sun)

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)

Mob muscle: ‘Wiseguys use violence as a means to an end’

When Quebec’s first Pizza Hut franchise was planned for Montreal’s Little Italy it suffered a bedeviling launch. The “opening soon” sign was torched to the ground. That warning was ignored and, when construction started, the place was firebombed; when plans continued, it was dynamited in the night. (National Post)

Business owned by Hells Angels associate raided by police

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops gardening store owned by a close associate of a slain Hells Angels’ member has been raided by anti-gang police as part of a drug trafficking investigation.  Kamloops RCMP and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit said in a news release Tuesday that the searches were conducted on the Sunshine Gardens Superstore in the 1700-block of Kelly Douglas Road, as well as at two residences — one in the 100-block of Knollwood Drive and the other in the 1000-block of Kinross Place. (Vancouver Sun)

Cocaine, gambling, ‘pizzo’: How the mafia makes money

When boarding a Greyhound bus in Winnipeg with a one-way ticket to Vancouver in 2012, Erwin Speckert carried a backpack stuffed with $1.3 million in bundled cash. He was a courier for a betting ring jointly run by associates of the Mafia and the Hells Angels. (National Post)

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