Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Montreal Arson fires 'sending a message'

Another arson fire suggests someone is intent on sending messages to people tied to the Montreal Mafia. Just before midnight on September 16, someone tried to set fire to a St-Léonard food-distribution company with past ties to the Rizzuto organization.

Firefighters dealt with the blaze on Magloire St., which began after someone smashed a window and tossed an incendiary device inside. Sprinklers contained the flames before major damage was done, Montreal police say.
The fire was set at John & Dino, a company that used to be owned by Agostino Cuntrera, a longtime member of the Rizzuto organization who was gunned down in front of the very same company in 2010.

Cuntrera’s son Liborio, 48, was alleged to have been made a leader in the Rizzuto organization. It is possible arrests have disrupted an alliance between the Montreal Mafia, Hells Angels and Montreal-area street gangs that has existed for a few years, police sources speculated recently. Through the alliance, the criminal organizations would deal with disputes at high levels, with orders trickling down. “That system appears to have fallen apart,” a police source who investigates organized crime told the Montreal Gazette last week.
In Laval, someone tried to set fire to Café Bellerose, a past Mob hangout where Ennio Bruni, 36, was shot and killed in 2010 in a Mob hit. Bruni was an underling in the Rizzuto organization. Project Colisée, a large-scale investigation into the Mafia that ended in 2006, revealed that he had close ties to one of the organization’s leaders, Francesco Del Balso.

On Sept. 9, someone tried to set fire to two buildings on Jean-Talon St. E., near Papineau St. that have also been linked to people with ties to the Rizzuto organization in the past. One building is the location of Café Empire, a place Stefano Sollecito, 48, used as a hangout until he and Leonardo Rizzuto, 47, were arrested late last year in Projects Magot and Mastiff.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Beast Crew, tied to Hells Angels face drug trafficking charges

Six members of the Beast Crew motorcycle group are facing drug trafficking charges after being arrested in Sorel-Tracy, Que.

Those arrested include the suspected leader of the group, 37-year-old Martin Raymond of St-Robert, and the treasurer, 46-year-old Stéphane Laflamme.
The arrests are linked to raids carried out earlier this spring, when police seized 200 grams of cocaine, amphetamines, three kilograms of marijuana, contraband cigarettes and $30,000 in cash.

SQ Sgt. Daniel Thibodeau says the money generated by the Beast Crew was being funnelled directly to the Hells Angels. "They are contracting out to smaller criminal organizations to do their lesser, dirtier work."

Friday, September 23, 2016

New Hells Angels support club growing in Cambridge

The Stolen Souls Motorcycle Club has established a chapter in Cambridge. The puppet club of the Hells Angels has 13 members and its membership is climbing according to police.

The Kitchener area has been a stronghold for biker gangs. Kitchener's Hells Angels chapter has 21 full-patch members. A puppet gang is made up of men who are sponsored by the Hells Angels to insulate gang members from criminal prosecution.
Kitchener was home to Satan's Choice, which was absorbed through a Hells Angels "patch over" in December 2000. In Kitchener, the Satan's Choice was one of the five founding chapters in Ontario with a group established in the region since 1965.

Andre Watteel of Cambridge is one of the region's best-known career bikers. He became president of the local chapter of the Hells Angels.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Salvatore Cazzetta scores legal victory - Gangsterism charges tossed

The Hells Angels scored another judicial victory Wednesday as a Superior Court judge tossed out a slew of charges against high-ranking club member Salvatore Cazzetta. Cazzetta was facing five counts of gangsterism and conspiracy to commit fraud among other alleged crimes stemming from a 2009 arrest. However, Judge James Brunton had to dismiss the charges because of a series of delays in Cazzetta’s trial.

The delays violated timeframes outlined by the Supreme Court of Canada’s Jordan decision — which states that Superior Court trials must be completed within 30 months of the suspect’s arraignment.
Defence lawyers argued Cazzetta’s trial would likely end only in the summer of 2017 — some 96 months after he was charged alongside other suspects in the Machine raids. The operation saw some 600 police from the RCMP, Sûreté du Québec and Kahnawake Peacekeepers break up an alleged contraband tobacco ring.

The case against Cazzetta’s co-accused — Peter Rice and his sons Peter Francis and Burton — was also thrown out Wednesday. This is the second time charges against Cazzetta have been dropped because of unreasonable court delays. In 2011, Cazzetta’s case and that of 30 others rounded up in the 2009 SharQC raids were also stayed.

Though Cazzetta will not serve time for the gangsterism charges, he’s still awaiting trial related to the Sûreté du Québec’s Magot-Mastiff’s organized crime probe.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Canadian Mint employee accused of smuggling $180K of gold in his anus

An employee of the Royal Canadian Mint allegedly smuggled about $180,000 in gold from the fortress-like facility, possibly evading multiple levels of detection with a time-honoured prison trick. Hiding the precious metal up his bum.

The case against Leston Lawrence, 35, of Barrhaven concluded in an Ottawa courtroom Tuesday. Justice Peter Doody reserved decision until Nov. 9 on a number of smuggling-for-cash charges, including theft, laundering the proceeds of crime, possession of stolen property and breach of trust.
It wasn't even the Mint that discovered the theft, but an alert bank teller. Court was told that, on multiple occasions, Lawrence took small circular chunks of gold — a cookie-sized nugget called a “puck” — to Ottawa Gold Buyers.

Typically, the pucks weighed about 210 grams, or 7.4 ounces, for which he was given cheques in the $6,800 range. He then deposited the cheques at the Royal Bank in the same mall. A teller became suspicious at the size and number of Ottawa Gold Buyers cheques being deposited and Lawrence’s request to wire money out of the country. She then noticed on his account profile that he worked at the Mint.
Eventually, a search warrant was obtained and four Mint-style pucks were found in Lawrence’s safety deposit box, court heard. Records revealed 18 pucks had been sold between Nov. 27, 2014 and March 12, 2015. Together with dozens of gold coins that were redeemed, the total value of the suspected theft was conservatively estimated at $179,015.

Investigators found a container of vaseline in his locker and the trial was presented with the prospect that a puck could be concealed in an anal cavity. In preparation for the proceedings a security employee actually tested the idea. It worked flawlessly.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Quebec Hells Angels Growing Stronger

156 full members and associates of the Hells Angels were charged and the five chapters in Quebec are dismantled during the SharQc operation in April 2009. But even prisoners, Hells Angels were looking for ways to continue their business.

Ontario Hells Angels came to manage the business of their Quebec colleagues. To protect themselves, the Hells Angels have created many biker 'puppet' clubs to take charge of their dirty work. They report directly to the Hells Angels.

Marc Roberge

Sylvain Éthier
A brazen murder of a suspected smuggler linked to the Hells Angels is being interpreted as the latest sign that Quebec's most notorious biker gang is making a comeback. Sylvain Éthier was gunned down Thursday night as he was leaving his home in Sainte-Thérèse. Shortly after the murder, a burned-out car was found in Sainte-Adele. This approach is similar to the one commonly used by criminal bikers during the settling of accounts. It's believed his death is part of a cleanup within the Hells Angels. Éthier was arrested in March in operation Mygale and was accused of being a ringleader of a contraband tobacco ring.

Sylvain Éthier, 51
70 raids were conducted in and around Montreal, on the Montreal-area reserve of Kahnawake and on the Ontario reserve of Six Nations. Police say the individuals would buy tobacco in the United States and import it illegally before selling it on the two reserves.

Police confiscated 52,800 kilograms of tobacco, $1.5 million in Canadian cash, $3 million U.S., cocaine, methamphetamines, cannabis and fentanyl. The organization imported more than two million kilograms of tobacco and defrauded authorities of $540 million in revenue.
Police say the gang is strengthening its grip on Montreal's drug trade in a way that emulates methods used by the Mafia. "They are doing what the Mafia do: they now are relocating their territory to other people who receive cuts from the drug trafficking on that territory"

The murder of Sylvain Ethier joins a spate of recent petrol bombings in the Montreal area. A company formerly owned by deceased mobster Agostino Cuntrera, Food Distribution John & Dino, was set on fire late Thursday night. The attack is linked to three other incidents.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Surrey RCMP arrest Const. Dario Devic after Creep Catchers sting - Update II

Const. Dario Devic was charged Friday by the RCMP with one count of communicating with a person under the age of 16 for the purpose of sexual interference or sexual touching, and one count of breach of trust related to this duties. Devic is expected in court on Oct. 19.
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Two teenagers had been living at the house of a Mountie who became the subject of a Creep Catchers sting. The 14-year-olds had been living in the Mountie's house as home-stay students, but a source said the girls were removed. CTV News has confirmed the identity of a member of the Surrey RCMP who was "caught" in the sting last week, but will not be naming him as charges have not been laid.

The Surrey RCMP officer is the subject of a report to Crown counsel filed over the weekend. The document, called an information, was filed to the Criminal Justice Branch and alleges luring a child by means of telecommunication and breach of trust by a public officer.

Kevin Johnston
A former deputy sheriff from the B.C. Interior has been charged after being targeted in a sting by Creep Catchers. Three counts of communicating with a person believed to be underage for the purpose of facilitating a sexual offence and one count of invitation to sexual touching have been approved against Kevin Johnston. He no longer works for the Sherriff Services.
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The arrest happened after a Sept. 7 incident that saw the Surrey Creep Catchers livestream a confrontation with the suspect on facebook. RCMP responded to the incident, which happened at a mall on King George Highway when it began getting traction on social media.

Police immediately launched an investigation, and within a few hours identified the suspect officer. The RCMP have also started an internal Code of Conduct investigation under the RCMP Act. The officer will be removed from duty and the RCMP intends to suspend him.

The video by the 'Creep Catchers' allegedly show the Mountie expecting to meet a 14 year-old girl.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Ackquille Jean Pollard : Bobby Shmurda - Update II

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."
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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, September 15, 2016

Woman launches lawsuit against vibrator maker

An American woman has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against the Canadian-owned maker of a smartphone-enabled vibrator, alleging the company sells products that secretly collect and transmit “highly sensitive” information.

The Chicago-area woman, identified in a statement of claim only as N.P., has made her complaint over a “high-end” vibrator called the We-Vibe. The suit alleges that unbeknownst to its customers, Standard Innovation designed the We-Connect app to collect and record intimate and sensitive data on use of the vibrator, including the date and time of each use as well as vibration settings.
The statement of claim alleges the company’s conduct demonstrates “a wholesale disregard” for consumer privacy rights and violated a number of state and federal laws.

Observers say the case highlights the issues with using “smart” devices that link to apps on mobile devices.