Wednesday, October 26, 2016

NYC mob prince Michael Persico runs to mom to keep him out of prison

Mafia prince Michael Persico has enlisted his 80-year-old mother to beg a federal judge not to send her son to prison. “I am getting older and need my son around,” Joyce Persico wrote to Brooklyn Federal Judge Dora Irizarry.

The matriarch of the mobbed-up clan has seen a lot of family members go off to prison. Her husband, Carmine (The Snake) Persico, 83, the boss of the Colombo crime family, was convicted in 1987 and is serving a 100-year sentence for racketeering and murder. Her son Alphonse (Allie Boy) Persico, 62, is serving a life sentence for murder. A third son, Lawrence, 61, did time for a no-show union job.

Carmine (The Snake) Persico
Michael Persico, 60, pleaded guilty to loansharking more than four years ago and will be sentenced on November 2.

Federal prosecutors say he is a powerful associate in the crime family and participated in the 1993 conspiracy to kill Colombo rival Joseph Scopo during the Colombo civil war.

Joyce Persico’s letter was buried on page 68 of an 88-page filing of letters from friends, family members, and business associates of Persico.

Joseph Scopo

Monday, October 24, 2016

NYPD Cop was drug lord’s ‘right hand man’

Merlin Alston, an NYPD officer facing narcotics conspiracy charges, was a Bronx drug dealer's right hand man for four years, prosecutors said.

Alston, 34, protected and drove the coke kingpin as he delivered product. He also tipped several dealers off to cops' investigations. Alston is currently suspended from the department.

Robert Bishun
Alston's bail was revoked after the murder of a key witness against him. Robert Bishun, 36, was abducted from his auto body shop and found strangled in the back of his BMW, a zip tie wrapped around his neck. Details of the grisly murder were outlined by federal prosecutors who described it as a contract killing. Bishun was slated to testify against Alston because the crooked cop and the dealer twice picked up cocaine from a hidden compartment in a car at his auto body shop.

Another cooperating witness had his house shot up in a drive-by.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Nova Scotia RCMP officer Craig Robert Burnett accused of stealing and trafficking cocaine

An RCMP staff sergeant in Nova Scotia has been charged with drug trafficking after an investigation into the theft of cocaine from an evidence locker last year.

Craig Robert Burnett is charged with theft of cocaine, trafficking cocaine, breach of trust and laundering proceeds of crime. Burnett is an RCMP officer with the communications centre in Truro.
RCMP received information that alleged a member had stolen 10 kilograms of cocaine from an exhibit locker in 2011. The cocaine had been replaced with another substance and was given to another person, who then sold it and shared the profits.

The drugs reported stolen were scheduled to be destroyed, as they were no longer evidence in a court case. Burnett is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Halifax.

Charges against Nova Scotia Mountie Craig Robert Burnett have been adjourned until late November while the Crown discloses evidence to the defence.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Canadian smugglers active with exotic animals

Officers had been watching the shore of the St. Lawrence River near Cornwall, Ont., from outside a nearby church for most of the day when the boat carrying the contraband finally arrived. On the other side of the river, a U.S. border control helicopter had hovered in wait to follow it across, but then taken off when the vessel dawdled to avoid tipping off its operators. Now the boat was here, and the van they were monitoring pulled up to the river bank.

A woman on the boat unloaded three boxes that were quickly placed in the van by a man. That was the cue. As they swooped in on the stunned smugglers — prompting the woman to nosedive onto the boat and sail away — the officers seized the boxes. Inside were 205 reptiles, among them Chinese striped turtles, African side neck turtles, South American red-footed tortoises, a serrated hinge-back tortoise, green iguanas and Jackson’s chameleons.
Wildlife is now the fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, counterfeit money and human trafficking, according to the World Wildlife Fund, and valued at roughly $19 billion (U.S.) per year globally.

It’s a lucrative business. A turtle bought for 50 cents in the US can be sold for hundreds of dollars. Even if the animals die in transit, smugglers will still make a profit. A high mortality rate is a given. Which animals can be brought into Canada — and how — is determined by a myriad of laws enforced by three federal departments: Environment Canada is responsible for laws related to conservation, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency oversees laws related to the health of animals, and the Canadian Border Services Agency ensures any imports are properly declared.
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Ackquille Pollard aka Bobby Shmurda sentenced to seven years

Ackquille Pollard was officially sentenced to seven years in prison in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to one count of 4th-degree conspiracy to criminally possess a weapon and one count of 2nd-degree criminal weapons possession.

Since Shmurda accepted a deal, he waived his right to appeal the sentencing. He pleaded with the judge as a last-ditch effort to remove his plea, saying, "I was forced to take this sentence. I don't want to take this sentence". Judge Clott stated that Pollard had pled guilty voluntarily and that the plea was proper. He said he did not see any reason why the sentencing should not go forward.
In December 2014, 14 members of GS9 were charged in a 69-count indictment, which included murder, attempted murder, drug dealing, weapons possession, and other crimes. Bobby Shmurda was declared the “driving force” behind the gang.

After assailing his record company for not providing his $ 2 million bail money. He explained why he accepted a 7 year plea deal.

"My lawyer told me we don’t want to go to court in Manhattan with these white people because they’re going to be looking at me, a little black kid. Who are they going to believe, the word of this black kid talking about shooting shit up or the word of white officers? A jury is going to believe cops all day. We’re black kids, these are white people with badges."
Bobby Shmurda, who faced 25 years on conspiracy charges for running a gang, will be heading to prison after agreeing to a plea deal. Ackquille Pollard also pleaded guilty to an illegal weapons charge in accepting the plea deal, which mandates that he spend at least seven years behind bars.

Shmurda, whose trial had been set to begin next week in Manhattan, has been in prison for 20 months stemming from his 2014 arrest. Shmurda had been a leading force behind a Brooklyn gang called GS9. Pollard is best known for the hit song "Hot Nigga".

He also popularized a dance craze called the “Shmoney dance”.
Ackquille Jean Pollard (born August 4, 1994), known by his stage name Bobby Shmurda, is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York, signed to Epic Records. He is best known for his song "Hot Nigga", (released in July 2014) On December 17, 2014, New York City Police arrested Pollard and charged him with conspiracy to commit murder, weapons possession, and reckless endangerment. After pleading not guilty, he failed to post $2 million bond and is currently incarcerated while awaiting trial. He faces a maximum sentence of 8–25 years.

Police said Shmurda was "the driving force" in a gang also known as GS9, the name of his label, as they dealt crack and waged deadly battle with rival gangs for territory.
Rashid Derissant shot and killed a 19-year-old rival in a Brooklyn bodega in February 2013. He then tried to kill three others in the same incident.Shmurda's songs and videos were "almost like a real-life document of what they were doing on the street." In his song "Hot Nigga", Shmurda rapped that "I been selling crack since like the fifth grade" because "Jaja taught me"; Shmurda also rapped about his crew's past and future murders. In May a gangster with ties to Bobby Shmurda was jailed for 98 years for conspiracy, murder and assault. Rashid Derissant, 24, a member of GS9, was given the lengthy prison term after being found guilty of gang-related charges.

During one of his court appearances, Shurmda wore a pair of $500 red shoes.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Anthony Getschel charged in death of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo - Update II

An Edmonton man charged with murder for allegedly running over and killing former mixed martial artist Ryan Jimmo in a parking lot was granted bail in September. Court of Queen's Bench Justice Michelle Crighton ordered that Anthony Getschel, 23, be released on a $1,000 no-cash recognizance with conditions that he report to a bail supervisor within 48 hours and he have no contact with witnesses in the case.

As well, Crighton ordered that Getschel refrain from drinking alcohol and going to bars, and prohibited him from driving. There is a ban on publication. Getschel is charged with second-degree murder, criminal negligence causing death, dangerous driving causing death and failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving a death. A second man, Jordan Wagner, 21, is charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Anthony Getschel, right, Jordan Wagner center
Former UFC light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo proposed to his girlfriend Roxie Reece, hours before he was fatally struck by two assailants in a truck at a parking lot in Edmonton. Jimmo was involved in a verbal altercation before he was hit by the vehicle. The men in the truck, Anthony Getschel and Jordan Wagner, fled but were arrested less than a week later.

Reece said they came from the movies where Jimmo had proposed to her, and were on their way home when the truck began tailgating them. "So we took a left to let them go by. They followed Ryan even more close. And so now he and I were both like 'OK what's going on?' And then he took the first right into that parking lot … I had no clue where we were at," Reece recalled. "So these guys pulled up real close right behind Ryan, almost as if they were going to hit us, and we both felt nervous. And Ryan felt the need to do something because we didn't want them following us out of there. It was kind of scary. There was something not right there and I didn't know what was going on."

After a conversation, the two men hit Jimmo, then sped off. Jimmo was rushed to a hospital, but was pronounced dead hours later due to blunt force trauma.

Anthony Getschel
Police in Edmonton have charged two people in the hit-and-run death of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo. Jimmo was fatally injured early Sunday following a verbal argument that escalated into a fight in the parking lot of a bar. Jimmo died from blunt force trauma after being run over by a vehicle.

Anthony Getschel, 23, faces several charges, including second-degree murder and criminal negligence causing death. Jordan Wagner, 21, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

Ryan Jimmo with his mother Linda in July 2010
Edmonton police are investigating the hit-and-run death of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo. Investigators say Jimmo, 34, was fatally injured early Sunday morning following an altercation in a parking lot.

Police say he had approached the driver of a vehicle and was walking back to his own car when he was struck by a truck, which then fled the scene.
Jimmo, who was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, was pronounced dead in hospital. Jimmo went 19-5 in his MMA career, with a 3-4 record in seven UFC fights, his last fight being a loss to Francimar Barroso at UFC Fight Night 67 in May 2015.

The native Maritimer had most recently lived in Arizona after stints in Edmonton and Halifax.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Club facing theft charges

Provincial police arrested nine people including members of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club on August 2 following a theft investigation in the Parry Sound area.

According to the OPP the accused distracted an employee at the business while the others pried open an automatic banking machine. Evidence collected at the scene helped investigators identify the suspects as members of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club who police say were on their way to a mandatory national gathering in Alliston.
Investigation led officers to execute search warrants at an address in Alliston where police seized one loaded firearm, 2 switch blades, and two retractable batons.
Seven people from Regina, one from Sudbury, Ont., and one from Coniston, Ont., are each charged with mischief over $5,000 and theft over $5,000. Police say weapons charges are pending. The Outlaws are the world's third-largest motorcycle club, behind the Hells Angels and the Bandidos.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Hells Angel Robert Allen busted for 'accessory footrest' in Project Forseti

Robert David Allen
The lone remaining Saskatoon Hells Angel charged in last year's Project Forseti busts pleaded guilty this morning to drugs and weapons charges. Robert Allen, 36, was fined a total of $585 in provincial court.

Allen pleaded guilty to possessing 27 oxycontin and hydromorphone pills, and a set of brass knuckles. Allen's lawyer said the brass knuckles were an accessory footrest for a Harley Davidson motorcycle, given as a gift.
It was part of a larger operation in which police said they seized more than $8 million worth of drugs and 200 guns.
The items were seized when police raided his home in early January 2014.

Allen will be back in court in December to stand trial on drug trafficking charges.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. Ennio Morricone composed the film's score, including its main theme.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was marketed as the third and final installment in the Dollars Trilogy, following A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More. The film is now seen as a highly influential example of the Western film genre and one of the greatest films of all time.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hells Angels cop informant Benoît Roberge gets day parole

Benoît Roberge, 53, was granted his release following a hearing held on Monday before the Parole Board of Canada.

Roberge pleaded guilty on March 13, 2014, to participating in or contributing to the activities of a criminal organization and to committing a breach of trust as a police officer. He was sentenced to an overall prison term of eight years. On the date he was sentenced, on April 4, 2014, he had seven years and three months left to serve on the sentence.
Roberge sold information to René (Balloune) Charlebois, a Hells Angel incarcerated in a federal penitentiary, a fact that emerged after the biker escaped, on Sept. 14, 2013, and then committed suicide while still on the lam 12 days later.

Benoît Roberge
At the time of his escape, Charlebois was serving a life sentence for having murdered a police informant in 2000. 10 recorded conversations proved Roberge had been selling police intelligence to Charlebois. Much of the information touched on three separate drug-trafficking investigations involving members of the Hells Angels that were ongoing at the time.

The recordings contained phone conversations between René Charlebois and Roberge.

Hells Angel René Charlebois

Hells Angel Salvatore Cazzetta
Some reveal how Charlebois and another top-ranking member of the Hells Angels, Salvatore Cazzetta, arranged to pay Roberge. In one instance, Charlebois explains to Roberge how he will pay him $100,000.

“We’ll do it like we did the last time: leave your car on the side, and leave the doors unlocked. We’ll put the money on your backseat. You’ll pick it up later,” Charlebois said on the tape. Charlebois was a member of the elite “Nomad” group of Hells Angels and very close to Hells Angel leader Maurice “Mom” Boucher.

Salvatore Cazzetta

Benoît Roberge
Roberge played a key role in putting many leaders of the Hells Angels behind bars, before retiring from the police force to work for Revenue Quebec. His arrest prompted the Montreal police force to launch an internal investigation to determine if other officers might be implicated.

Roberge's lawyer said at the time the sentence sends a strong message to police informers that their security won't be compromised.

Benoît Roberge spent a grand total of 27 months in custody of his 8 year sentence. The message sent is far from a strong one.

Maurice “Mom” Boucher

Monday, October 10, 2016

Aaron Hernandez

Hernandez in December 2011
Aaron Josef Hernandez is a former American football tight end and convicted murderer. Hernandez was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Hernandez signed a four-year contract on June 8, 2010. Hernandez started the 2010 season as the youngest player on any active roster in the NFL. On June 26, 2013, Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs and into police custody. The Patriots released Hernandez from the team about 90 minutes later, before officially knowing the charges against him. On August 22, 2013, Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Odin Lloyd. On May 15, 2014, Hernandez was indicted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Hernandez forfeited his 2015–18 salaries, totaling $19.3 million. The Patriots withheld $3.25 million of Hernandez's 2012 signing bonus.

CytoSport and Puma canceled their endorsement deals with Hernandez within days of his arrest.

Full 'Bloods' tattoo Hernandez received in jail, which says 'LIFETIME LOYALTY'.
Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to life without parole in Massachusetts' flagship maximum-security prison, one of the most high-tech jails in the United States: the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center. It has a matrix of 366 cameras recording live 24 hours a day and a microwave detection perimeter.The prison is just a few miles from Gillette Stadium, where he once played tight end for the New England Patriots under a five-year $40 million contract.

Before his arrest, Hernandez lived in a $1.2 million home
90% of the inmates in the maximum-security prison are locked in their cells for 19 hours a day. Cells have metal fixtures: a bunk mounted to the wall, a toilet and sink combination, a small writing shelf attached to the wall, and a nearby small stool affixed to the floor.

With the exception of the TV, which inmates can buy for under $200, all furnishings are metal and bolted down to keep inmates from throwing them.