Sunday, February 23, 2020

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)

Canada’s cocaine cowboys: How a two year RCMP investigation led to El Chapo

It was March 12, 2015, and Stephen Tello was having second thoughts. The following day he was due to meet a man called Joe at a steakhouse in Toronto. Joe was a transportation broker who, for the right price, had told Tello he could smuggle huge amounts of cocaine into Canada. He could have drugs collected at sea in the Caribbean, he said, before swapping them onto fishing trawlers closer to Newfoundland, for safe passage to harbour. (National Post)

Toronto police seize dozens of guns, $3.7 million in drugs

Toronto Police have arrested six people in separate gun and gang investigations — where $3.7 million in drugs, $400,000 in cash and dozens of guns were seized — and all but two of those facing charges have made bail. (Toronto Sun)

Former cop who blew whistle wants standing in B.C. money laundering inquiry

A lawyer says an inquiry into money laundering in British Columbia would not exist without the "courage" of an ex-police officer who spoke out about alleged "interference" with his mandate to investigate organized crime in casinos. (CBC)

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