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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Body found at North East service station - Sunday Sun

Body found at North East service station - Sunday Sun: "DEAD body was found today at a North East service station.
A shocked lorry driver stumbled over the body at Easington Services on the A19 at around 2.30am.
Police were called and cordoned off the area on the south side of the dual carriageway.
A forensic team are being called in to make a detailed inspection of the parking area where the body was discovered.
It is not yet known if the death is being treated as suspicious or not.
A postmortem will now be carried out.
A Durham Constabulary spokeswoman said: “A body has been found in an open parking area of the Easington Service Station at around 2.30am today.
“The body was found by a lorry driver."

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Reno hit men linked to Vancouver gangland shooting - Live@Five

Reno hit men linked to Vancouver gangland shooting - Live@Five: "Four Reno, Nevada men are in custody and facing immigration charges after 10 people were injured at a gangland birthday party early Sunday morning.

Reno? I thought we were a world class city now. What about all that money we spent on the Olympics?

Couldn't we at least get Vegas or Atlantic City hit men?

What's next: Washington state casinos and bingo halls?

And they are facing 'immigration charges'? What about shooting 10 people?

Did the authorities find out they lied about visiting a farm in the last 14 days?"

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Fears over return to Limerick city of gangland criminal Wayne Dundon - Limerick Leader

Fears over return to Limerick city of gangland criminal Wayne Dundon - Limerick Leader: "NOTORIOUS gangland figure Wayne Dundon returned to Limerick last Thursday from his base in the UK, prompting fears that he may attempt to 're-establish his position' as one of the city's most feared criminals.
Reports over the weekend in several tabloid and broadsheet newspapers suggested Dundon had returned with the intention of reasserting himself as one of the city's most feared criminals and gang leaders, and a source confirmed to the Leader this Monday that Dundon has indeed been back in Limerick since Thursday last."

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Ten people were injured early Sunday morning when someone opened fire with a high-powered assault rifle outside of a restaurant where known gangsters were celebrating

5 still in hospital after Vancouver gangland shooting - CTV News: "Three more victims in the Vancouver birthday party shooting that injured 10 over the weekend have been released from hospital, leaving two women and three men still in treatment.

Ten people were injured early Sunday morning when someone opened fire with a high-powered assault rifle outside of a restaurant where known gangsters were celebrating the birthday of accused drug dealer Darren Cunningham.

No arrests have been made in the shooting.

Among the guests at the party were the Askari brothers, who police say are tied to a major gang. An attempt on Sahand Askari's life was made in a Vancouver suburb last week.

Bloody jeans taken as evidence outside Vancouver General Hospital are believed to belong to Paul Alexander Araki. Documents show a man by the same name has a criminal history that includes firearms charges.

Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu said Monday all o"

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Ducarme Joseph owes Revenue Quebec almost $300,000

Ducarme Joseph owes Revenue Quebec almost $300,000: "Reputed street-gang leader Ducarme Joseph has had a legal mortgage of $283,743 imposed on his luxury home in Dollard des Ormeaux.

That's the amount of unpaid taxes and interest Revenue Quebec says he owes for 1994, 1995, and 2010. The mortgage is a lien on the stone-facade home on Radisson St. It is on the market for $1.6 million. He bought the six-bedroom property in 2008 for $1.35 million.

Joseph, 41, is believed to have been the target of a daytime shooting at a boutique in Old Montreal March 18. Joseph fled through the back door, but his bodyguard and another man were killed in the gangland-style attack.

He has been convicted of cocaine trafficking, assault, sexual assault, and forcing a 12-year-old to prostitute herself."

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Gangland boss Carl Williams 'threatened to kill cellmate' | The Australian

Gangland boss Carl Williams 'threatened to kill cellmate' | The Australian: "MELBOURNE gangland boss Carl Williams allegedly threatened to kill the man now charged with his murder, court documents have revealed.

The claims emerged in the Geelong Magistrates Court yesterday as Matthew Charles Johnson, 37, was ordered to stand trial next year for the murder.

The court has previously heard the Barwon Prison cellmates had a good relationship, with Williams's father even sending Johnson spending money.

But documents tendered yesterday allege Williams threatened Johnson before his death, including pretending to run a knife across his throat. Williams also allegedly said he would attack Johnson with a sock full of billiard balls while he was eating.

Williams died in Barwon's high-security Acacia unit on April 19 after being repeatedly struck around the head with the metal stem of an exercise bike."

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Gangland feud reignites as man shot near airport - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie

Gangland feud reignites as man shot near airport - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie: "MAN was rushed to hospital after being shot by a gunman in a hockey mask as a result of a gangland feud boiling over again.

Lonely Planet Dublin (City Guide)The injured man, who was being treated at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin last night, is in his 40s and is awaiting trial on larceny charges.

The victim was sitting in a parked car in a lay-by close to Dublin Airport when a dark coloured saloon-type car pulled in and a gunman got out of the passenger side.

The gunman opened fire, hitting him in the arm, before fleeing in another vehicle.

The gunman is described as being 5' 10'' to 5' 11'' in height and was wearing a high visibility jacket and an ice-hockey-type mask or visor.

A second man sitting in the passenger seat of the car, a Volkswagen Bora, escaped unhurt."

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Alan Sugar's apprentice Stella English engaged to scaffolder Ray Dewar | Mail Online

Alan Sugar's apprentice Stella English engaged to scaffolder Ray Dewar | Mail Online: "She grew up on a council estate, mixed with some of South London’s most notorious crime families before winning The Apprentice.

But now Stella English is set to marry Ray Dewar, a scaffolder with links to the criminal underworld in South-East London.

Alan Sugar’s newest recruit, 31, became engaged to boyfriend Dewer after landing the coveted role with the high-profile entrepreneur."

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Abutbul released from prison as mob threatens his life

Abutbul released from prison as mob threatens his life: "Police fear release of mafioso 'Francois the Great' may spark gang wars; Abutbul received death threats while in prison.

Underworld figure Francois Abutbul was released from prison on Sunday, after serving a year and ten months of a 22-month-sentence for physically assaulting his wife.

Gangland: The Complete Season OneWith the Netanya mob boss back on the street, police fear a flare up in gangland violence as his adversaries come gunning for him."

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'Gangland-style' shooting victim named - Crime, UK - The Independent

'Gangland-style' shooting victim named - Crime, UK - The Independent: "Wayne Basnett, 30, from Widnes, Cheshire, is thought to have been targeted in a gangland-style execution.

Mr Basnett, a father of one, was found collapsed with massive head injuries on Pepper Street, Hale, shortly after midnight yesterday.

Residents in the village, near Widnes, alerted police after hearing gunshots.

Mr Basnett was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Sources said he was known to police and may have been the victim of a drugs-related turf war.

A post-mortem examination carried out last night revealed he died of a single gunshot wound to the head, Cheshire Police said."

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Friday, 10 December 2010

Royal security questioned after attack



An attack on a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla has raised questions as to how the two Royal Family members could have been chauffeured into the middle of a volatile student protest.




The royal couple was headed to a charity event on Thursday evening when their Rolls Royce was attacked in London's West End.



The vehicle drove through an area where students had been protesting planned tuition hikes, and some protesters had escaped from the grasp of police who were trying to keep them in check.



As many as 20 protesters smashed the windows of the royal vehicle and threw white paint on it. Some yelled "Off with their heads!" and other taunts as they surrounded the car and kicked its doors as it tried to make its way to an event at the London Palladium.



Prince Charles and Camilla were not harmed, though they were shaken by what happened.



Associated Press reporter Matt Dunham witnessed the attack and said Camilla "looked terrified" as the car came under attack.



Dunham said the prince appeared calmer, but said "they must have both been terrified" by the actions of the protesters.



A photo showing the open-mouthed reactions of the couple as they sat inside their car seemed to sum up the shocking nature of the incident.



"Prince Charles is not the head of state, but he is next in line to the throne," CTV's London Bureau Chief Tom Kennedy told CTV News Channel from London on Friday.



"This is almost as if the Queen were attacked if she had been out. It is almost as bad."



The incident has raised questions about how British officials keep the Royal Family safe, as well as whether security regulations need to be updated before the April wedding of Prince William and his fiancée, Kate Middleton.



Officials quickly put the blame on protesters, while critics questioned how the royals ended up in the middle of the protest in the first place.



Security expert Charles Shoebridge said the people providing security to the Royal Family should be aware of all developing events to prevent their VIPs from entering into a dangerous situation.



"There are procedures and protocols that have been in place for many, many years that have been tried and tested," Shoebridge told CTV News Channel in a telephone interview from London on Friday.



"And it's really a mystery in many ways why these protocols weren't followed, or don't appear to have been followed on this occasion."



Considering the fact that the demonstrations were well publicized, Shoebridge said it "seems bizarre" that the prince and his wife were allowed to enter the area.



Alex Bomberg, a former aide to the royal family, said police should have kept the royal protection squad better informed of the specific and immediate dangers that the protesters posed.



"You can't blame the royal protection squad for a bunch of anarchists' bad behavior," Bomberg told The Associated Press.



"But you can blame someone for not doing their job correctly and not understanding the situation as it was unfolding. Someone's head should bloody roll."



The Guardian newspaper reported that London Mayor Boris Johnson said that while there are questions about why the car took the route it did, blame should be placed upon the "large number of agitators who were determined to cause the maximum possible trouble and provocation" on the street.



Metropolitan Police Chief Paul Stephenson vowed to launch a thorough investigation into the incident and praised the nearly 3,000 officers who dealt with the "thugs" at the protest.



Thirty-four people were arrested on Thursday, though police would not confirm if the arrests were related to the protesters.



British Prime Minister David Cameron said the people responsible should feel "the full force of the law."



Speaking from Downing Street, Cameron said "responsibility for smashing property, or violence, lies with the people who perpetrate that violence and I want to see them arrested and punished in the correct way."



Despite reports that the violence was limited to a few individuals, the prime minister said it appeared "there were quite a number of people who clearly were there wanting to pursue violence and destroy property."



But no matter what post-mortem spin is placed on what happened, Kennedy said it is nearly undeniable that "somebody made a mistake" at some point on Thursday.



"I think there's a general acceptance when something like this happens, when a car carrying the royal couple is driven right into a street filled with demonstrators, I think the logical conclusion is that somebody made a mistake," said Kennedy.




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Parking ticket for dead man - Yahoo! Cars

Parking Tickets PackParking ticket for dead man - Yahoo! Cars: "parking warden ticketed a car in Cambridge without realising the driver was dead in the back seat.
The grey Nissan Qashqai was parked in a pay-and-display bay in a car park at the River Cam, Cambridge when it was ticketed.
The parking warden didn't see the man slumped in the back seat until after he had put the ticket on the car.
Other people parked in the car park thought the man, who was in his fifties, was sleeping in the car.
Parking wardens are forbidden from waking up people in cars in case doing so gives them a shock.
It's thought the driver had parked on Wednesday to do some Christmas shopping and that he suffered a heart attack when he returned to his car.
The police are not treating the as yet unnamed man's death as suspicious."

Johnson pleads not guilty to murder of gangland killer Carl Williams

Johnson pleads not guilty to murder of gangland killer Carl Williams: "man accused of murdering gangland killer Carl Williams in a high-security unit at Barwon Prison last April today pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Matthew Charles Johnson, 37, stood with his hands on the railing of the dock at the Geelong court as Magistrate Rosemary Carlin found there was enough evidence to support a conviction and ordered him to stand trial next year in the Supreme Court.
The court heard today that copies of statements Williams had made to police were found on a computer hard drive and in printed form in Johnson's cell after the killing.
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Carl Williams. Earlier, Williams' heavily pregnant former wife Roberta told a court how she 'cut him short' in their last phone call on the day he was killed because she was getting ready for a photo shoot for New Idea magazine at the Melbourne Airport's Hilton Hotel.
Roberta Williams, who appeared via videolink at the Geelong Magistrates Court, said Williams had been upset that morning over a newspaper report."

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Arrest Made in Downtown Gang Shooting

Sacramento Press / Arrest Made in Downtown Gang Shooting: "Sacramento Police Department has arrested a suspect responsible for a shooting that injured a 21-year-old man and a 10-year-old boy.
On November 26, 2010, the two victims were walking to Panda Express in the shopping complex located on 19th and S Street. Two suspects that were also walking in the area got into a verbal confrontation with the victims over gang affiliation. One of the suspects, a 16-year-old male Hispanic, pulled out a gun and shot at the 21-year-old. The shooting resulted in both the 21-year-old and a 10-year-old being shot. Both victims received non-life threatening injuries.
Through a tip, detectives were able to identify the involved subjects and on December 7, 2010, they arrested the 16-year-old suspect without incident. The juvenile suspect will be facing charges of attempt murder, possession of a firearm by a minor with a gang enhancement.
This shooting is a reminder that our community is facing serious challenges with youth involved in gangs. The Police Department is actively trying to curtail gang violence with programs like Cease Fire but we can’t do it alone and continue to need the community’s support."

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81 dead in Chile gang warfare prison blaze | Travel news from car rentals

81 dead in Chile gang warfare prison blaze Travel news from car rentals: "massive blaze which started during a riot at a Chile prison has claimed at least 81 lives and injured many more.
The blaze is alleged to have been started during a prison riot between two rival gangs when a prisoner set several mattresses ablaze to distract warders attempting to quell the violence in a cell block at overcrowded San Miguel Prison.
The facility, sited just south of the country’s capital Santiago, holds convicted members of violent drugs gangs, some of whom were rivals before their arrest and imprisonment. The fire, which started in the early hours of yesterday morning, took three hours for emergency crews to bring under control.
Jaime Concha, director of the police operations, told reporters the police had acted as quickly as they could, adding they had to cope with around 1,900 inmates in a facility built to hold a maximum of 700. Television clips showed screaming prisoners frantically waving their arms through the prison’s window bars, begging to be rescued.
A crowd of hundreds of desperate relatives and friends of the trapped inmates gathered at the prison gates, telling television crews the prison governor had ordered the gates locked, preventing emergency crews and fire engines from dealing with the blaze. Prison authorities have not as yet stated the reasons for the delay in firefighter access to Tower 5, the seat of the fire."

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Nazario 'The Craziest One' Moreno Mexican drug lord suspected killed in clashes | Reuters

Mexican drug lord suspected killed in clashes Reuters: "National security chief Alejandro Poire said a leader of La Familia cartel was presumed dead in one of many clashes between drug gang members and authorities in the western state of Michoacan.
Asked in an interview on broadcaster Televisa if the leader was Nazario 'The Craziest One' Moreno, Poire said: 'That is the preliminary information we have yet to confirm. It is an ongoing operation.'
Quiero Charlar con la MuerteSince Wednesday night, armed men have hijacked cars and trailer trucks, setting many of them on fire, to block main roads into several cities acrossMichoacan, President Felipe Calderon's home state.
Bus services into the region have been suspended and hundreds of federal agents deployed in a bid to control what appeared to be coordinated attacks.
Moreno is believed to be the top leader of La Familia, a drug gang that uses pseudo-religious philosophy to justify the grisly murders of rivals and keep its own traffickers from abusing drugs.
He preaches Bible scripture mixed with self-help slogans to gang members and has tried to promote a mystique that is unique among Mexican gangs by claiming to protect the local population.
If his death is confirmed, Moreno will be the second drug kingpin to be eliminated in just over a month, after the killing of the Gulf cartel's Ezequiel 'Tony Tormenta' Cardenas on November 5.
La Familia was hit last year by the arrests of two top leaders and is fighting the Zetas and the Beltran Leyva cartel for control of Michoacan's coast, where traffickers receive illegal shipments of chemicals to make methamphetamines."

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Shooting victim removed from life support

OCEANSIDE: Shooting victim removed from life support: "Police are asking for the public's help to find suspects in a suspected gang shooting last week that caused the death of an 18-year-old Oceanside man.
Edgar Luna, who was shot last week in an apparent drive-by shooting, was taken off life support on Wednesday.
Luna was shot in the head Friday night in the 200 block of Lustrosos Street near Libby Lake City Park in Oceanside.
Luna had been in critical condition at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla until Wednesday night, when he was removed from life support.
Lt. Leonard Mata said no one is in custody in connection with the ongoing investigation. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.
In a written statement, Mata said that police are concerned the drive-by shooting may signal that gangs may be changing the way they're operating.
'Drive-by shootings have significantly decreased over the years, in large part due to self-imposed restrictions by street gangs,' Mata said in a statement."

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Ex-Arizona beauty queen gets prison time

Ex-Arizona beauty queen gets prison time: "former beauty queen and University of Arizona law school student accused of orchestrating the kidnapping and torturing of her ex-boyfriend is going to prison.
Pima County prosecutors say 28-year-old Kumari Fulbright was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison and six years' probation.
She pleaded guilty last December to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and aggravated assault as part of a plea agreement that stipulated the prison sentence. The Arizona Daily Star says it was up to a judge to decide how long Fulbright should be on probation following her release.
Fulbright and three men were arrested in December 2007 after the alleged victim told police he'd been tied up and kept captive for eight to 10 hours, robbed and tortured.
Fulbright ran in the Miss Arizona contest and was named Miss Pima County in 2005 and Miss Desert Sun in 2006."

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South Side Indio, or SSI gang:Task Force Busts 3 Riverside County Gangs | NBC Los Angeles

Los Angeles Magazine (1-year automatic renewal)Task Force Busts 3 Riverside County Gangs NBC Los Angeles: "Fourteen of 22 federal defendants were among those arrested Tuesday in Riverside County's largest criminal sweep, which was focused primarily on three Indio street gangs, including one accused of methamphetamine trafficking.
Three defendants already were in federal custody on unrelated charges, an FBI official said.
Eleven federal search warrants were executed during an operation dubbed
``Eastern Encore.''
About $159,000 in cash was seized, most of it at one location, authorities said.
Federal charges accuse the defendants of involvement in a methamphetamine trafficking enterprise, and federal firearms violations.
The investigation into the South Side Indio, or SSI gang, was carried out by a team made up of FBI, federal firearms and immigration agents, and investigators with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office and Indio police."

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Central Islip man convicted in teen's death

Central Islip man convicted in teen's death: "Lavelle Todd, 21, was acquitted of second-degree murder in the Memorial Day 2008 death of Robert Adams Jr. of Central Islip.
He could be sentenced to a maximum of 75 years in prison if County Court Judge Martin Efman rules that sentences for manslaughter and assault may run consecutively, Assistant District Attorney Robert Biancavilla said. Sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 18.
The jury of seven men and five women reached its verdict shortly before 5 p.m. after deliberating about 23 hours over four days.
In Todd's first trial, a different jury could not agree on whether he had acted in self-defense, leading Efman to declare a mistrial in May.
Thursday's verdict stunned Adams' mother and sister."

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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

A 1%er is the one of a hundred of us who have given up on society

Hells Angels On Wheels Movie Poster 24x36A 1%er is the one of a hundred of us who have given up on society
And the politicians one way law.
This is why we look repulsive.
We are saying we don’t want to be like you or look like you.
So stay out of our face.
Look at your brother standing next to you and ask yourself if you would give him half of what you have in your pocket.
Or half of what you have to eat.
If a citizen hits your brother will you be on him without asking him why?
There is no why.
Your brother isn’t always right but he is always your brother!
It’s one in all in.
If you don’t think this way then walk away.
Because you are a citizen and don’t belong with us.
We are outlaws and members will follow the Outlaws way or get out.
All members are your brothers and your family.
Will you steal your brother’s possessions, money, woman, class or his humor.
If you do your brother will do you."

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650 Mongols, or “full patches,” operate in the United States

Honor Few, Fear None: The Life and Times of a Mongol"The Mongols Motorcycle Club, or Mongol Nation, formed in Montebello, Calif., in 1969 and was named after the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia. Original members reportedly were disgruntled Vietnam-era veterans. During the 1960s, The Hells Angels would not allow Hispanics into the club simply due to their race and the Mongols supposedly formed in response to that restriction.

Approximately 650 Mongols, or “full patches,” operate in the United States. The Mongols are friendly with the Outlaws due to a mutual hatred for the Hells Angels. A confrontation between the Hells Angels and the Mongols at Harrah’s Casino in Laughlin, Nev., on April 27, 2002, left two Hells Angel and one Mongol dead.

William Queen, an ATF agent who infiltrated the Mongols in 1998, wrote a very good book about the club called Under and Alone. He describes his two-year life with the Mongols. Resulting federal indictments of 54 Mongol members led to all but one of them being convicted."

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God forgives, Outlaws don’t

Three Bike Gangs Dominate Montana: "The Outlaws Motorcycle Club, also called the American Outlaw Association, was founded by John Davis in 1959 in Chicago. The club has about 34 chapters in the United States and Canada, with about 900 members. Detroit has been the “mother chapter” since 1984. It changed from Chicago when a new national president was elected.

The Brotherhoods: Inside the Outlaw Motorcycle ClubsThe club rallies under the Outlaws’ colors, affectionately known as Charlie. Charlie is a white skull with crossed pistons on a black background. The skull has beady red eyes, which are supposed to watch for trouble behind the wearer’s back. The pistons are outlined in red. The skull is borrowed from the back of Marlon Brando’s black leather Jacket in the 1953 bikegang movie, “The Wild One.”

The club motto is simple: “God forgives, Outlaws don’t.”"

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Bloods-Crips city war continues… | The Negros Chronicle - News around Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental, Philippines

Bloods-Crips city war continues… | The Negros Chronicle - News around Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental, Philippines: "Shooting incidents involving members of the warring Bloods and Crips continue to grip city residents with most of them seeing no end to the retaliatory attacks.
ohnrey Pilipinas was apparently the latest fatality from the Bloods side but whose death was quickly avenged by the slaying of a supposed leader of the rival Crips gang. Pilipinas was shot at close range near the Fish Port terminal by two motorcycle-riding men after a heated altercation.

Mayor Chiquiting Sagarbarria’s declaration of an all-out war against street gangs was met with skepticism since the problem has been pes tering city residents for a number of years now. The ongoing gang war has claimed dozens of lives with suspects getting bolder as the authorities are being perceived as unable to hold the s treets from criminals young and old."

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More Die as Drug Gangs Battle in Mexico - World - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com

More Die as Drug Gangs Battle in Mexico - World - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com: "violent drug war in Mexico is escalating following an attack, Saturday, in Ciudad Juarez that killed 16 people.
Four police officers died when their car was ambushed. Stray bullets also hit two bystanders -- one a 10-year-old girl.
A day later, armed commandos attacked two drug rehabilitation centers in the city, leaving four dead and five wounded.
Gangs have attacked dozens of drug rehab clinics across Mexico, including nine last summer.
Drug cartel leaders sometimes operate the centers themselves in order to recruit addicts -- subjecting the clinics to attacks from rival gangs.
Ciudad Jurazez is just across the border from El Paso, Texas.
Two drug cartels there are battling for control, and it's now considered one of the most violent cities in the world."

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Friday, 3 December 2010

arrested Jonathan Arellano, 19, Jose Castro II, 18, and three juveniles. They could face charges of aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and assisting a criminal street gang.

arrested Jonathan Arellano, 19, Jose Castro II, 18, and three juveniles. They could face charges of aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and assisting a criminal street gang.

By noon, police also arrested a man with a parole violation and another man who they say had drugs on him. The early-morning warrants were served at homes in Old Town El Mirage, in the 11000 block of West Ash Street, the 13000 block of North B Street, the 12000 block of West Scott Drive, and the 14000 block of North El Mirage Road.

El Mirage police called DPS to assist with the crackdown after roughly a year of increased gang activity in the neighborhood south of Thunderbird Road, near the center of the city.

Residents had reported shots fired at cars and beatings. El Mirage officers recently saw a spike in graffiti, El Mirage Assistant Police Chief Steve Campbell said.

Police suspect that many crimes in the area have gone unreported as neighbors fear retaliation if they worked with authorities.

"These guys have created a pretty significant fear factor in the community," Campbell said.
So El Mirage police decided to call in additional resources.

They are pleased with the results.

"It's been a good morning for the community," Police Chief Mike Frazier said. "These are some bad guys, some bad actors."

Members of the DPS gang task force, the Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission lead a program known as "Operation Eminent Domain" that assists cities in the valley with crime prevention.
Authorities believe the five arrested gang members had committed strong-arm robberies and drive-by shootings, said Bart Graves, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.

Members of task force and El Mirage Police are confident the arrests will help shut down the leadership of the gang and reduce violence between rival gangs.

"These gang members were vying for control and obviously the residents were victims of the ongoing, escalating violence," Graves said.



Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/12/02/20101202el-mirage-suspected-gang-leaders-arrested-abrk.html#ixzz175Qrq8qX

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Two members of the Nine Trey Headbustas Bloods street gang have pleaded guilty to racketeering

Two members of the Nine Trey Headbustas Bloods street gang have pleaded guilty to racketeering for their roles in the 2008 murder of the gang’s New Brunswick leader, authorities said today.

Syree Hakins, 38, of West Orange, and Tyrane Mathis, 34, of Newark, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone in Middlesex County, state Attorney General Paula Dow said.

A third defendant, Davon Parker, 22, of Edison, pleaded guilty to racketeering last month, authorities said. As part of his plea, Parker agreed to testify against Hakins and Mathis.

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Share 11 Comments Hakins admitted he ordered the murder of gang member Devin Thompson, 19, near New Brunswick’s Recreation Park on June 2, 2008, authorities said.

Mathis admitted he participated in the murder, authorities said. Parker testified that the gang believed Thompson wasn’t running its New Brunswick operation correctly, authorities said.

The state will recommend Hakins be sentenced to 16 years in state prison and Mathis be sentenced to 12 years in state prison, authorities said.

Each must serve 85 percent of their sentence without the possibility of parole, authorities said. Sentencing for the three men is scheduled for Feb. 11.

Hakins, Mathis and Parker were among 21 alleged gang members named in an indictment last month that charged the alleged leader of the Nine Trey Headbustas, Michael Anderson, 38, with the first-degree crime of racketeering. Anderson was leading the gang from New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, authorities said.

First-degree racketeering carries a maximum penalty of 20 years. Authorities said Thompson and a friend, Christopher Whitsett, were shot at about 10:18 p.m. on Nichol Avenue at Sandford Street, a few blocks south of the Douglass College campus of Rutgers University, authorities said.

Thompson was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in the city, where he was pronounced dead at 11:08 p.m.

Whitsett, who was shot in the back, survived. The next morning, investigators told Thompson’s friends and relatives it appeared the shooters had set Thompson up, authorities said.




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Chenier (Big) Dupuy drew up a set of rules to live by after he finished a six-month prison sentence in 2008.

Chenier (Big) Dupuy drew up a set of rules to live by after he finished a six-month prison sentence in 2008.

But there was one key rule he forgot to follow.

Rule No. 11 on the reputed street gang leader's list -titled Ten Rules to Follow -was one that read "No jail. Fini."

Unfortunately for him the list was seized on Oct. 22, 2008, when Dupuy, alleged to be the head of the BoGars street gang, was arrested for drug trafficking.

He has been behind bars since then and yesterday prosecutor David Simon told Quebec Court Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer that the Crown would like to see Dupuy serve the equivalent of an eight-year prison term, less the time he has already served.

In April, Dupuy was convicted on four counts of trafficking in crack, cocaine, marijuana and hashish. The charges resulted from a Montreal police investigation that started only days after Dupuy was released after the six-month sentence he served on a conviction for assault and possession of a firearm.

Weeks after being placed under police surveillance following his release in September 2008, Dupuy was arrested while driving a Lexus that belonged to his girlfriend, Stephanie Castrilli, 23. Inside the trunk police found 2.27 kilograms of marijuana. Later that day, police searched an apartment on Jubinville St. in Laval and found two kilograms of marijuana, 300 grams of cocaine and 90 grams of crack inside a backpack.

Castrilli, who was tried with Dupuy, was convicted of trafficking in marijuana and hashish. A sentence hearing in her case has been scheduled for February.

Det.-Sgt. Jean-Claude Gauthier, a street gang expert for the Montreal police, testified at the sentencing hearing yesterday. Gauthier described Dupuy as the leader of the BoGars, a street gang based in Montreal North that has existed for nearly two decades. Gauthier referred to Dupuy's list of rules during his testimony and suggested it was proof Dupuy planned to expand his gang's reach.

Rule No. 9 for Dupuy was "expansion mtl, l.a., Stl, ont."

Gauthier said this is believed to be a reference to expansion into new drug trafficking turf for the BoGars. He said the initials Mtl is an obvious reference to Montreal while Stl and ont refer to St. Laurent Blvd. and Ontario St., streets that are known to have sections that are considered prime drug trafficking territory traditionally controlled by the Hells Angels and the Mafia. Gauthier said the Montreal police are currently making an effort to prevent street gang members from expanding onto St. Laurent Blvd.

A more ominous "rule" Dupuy felt he should follow indicated he was willing to go to war with rival criminal organizations.

The list of who he was willing to go to war with included traditional rival street gangs, like the Syndicate and the Kraz Brizz.

But it also included a reference to "Spaghetti." Gauthier said the reference "is obvious" but didn't elaborate. It is believed to be a reference to the Mafia in Montreal.

One of the other rules was philosophical. It read "rule the order within the disorder." Another was more banal and read like a reminder: "pay tickets, bills, taxes and GST." The second rule made reference to paying a bar 10 per cent of something and 25 per cent to something or someone else. According to Gauthier, this is a reference to payments pimps are known to make in strip bars where the women they control dance. Rule No. 6 was a reminder to find security for Dupuy's home, business and his son.

Defence lawyer Serge Lamontagne called Dupuy as the only witness for the defence. This produced a sometimes heated exchange between Dupuy and Simon when the prosecutor cross-examined him.

Dupuy denied being in the BoGars, let alone being its leader, and said he has felt the police immediately target him every time he gets out of prison.

"The BoGars, does it exist?" Simon asked at one point.

"Yes, it exists," Dupuy replied after denying several people listed in an intelligence report were members of the gang.



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Saturday, 27 November 2010

Casino fraudsters walk free from court - Yahoo! News UK

Casino fraudsters walk free from court - Yahoo! News UK: "Two international gambling cheats have walked free from court after admitting possessing a series of fake IDs to use in casinos they were banned from. Skip related contentRelated photos / videos
Casino fraudsters walk free from court
As part of a global gang, Francesco Baioni, 64, and Frank Camilleri, 61, travelled the world cheating casinos out of money.
The pair - who police described as 'notorious' and 'professional' - served time in America after cheating their way to 'vast' amounts of cash.
Baioni, of Rackstraw House, Primrose Hill, was given a 12-month sentence suspended for 18 months.
Camilleri, of Derrick Road, Beckenham, was sentenced to nine months suspended for the same period."

39-year-old Rebels bikie was involved in a fight with a 26-year-old member of the Rock Machine gang on High Street

THREE men have been arrested after simmering tensions between rival bikie gangs erupted in Fremantle today.
It will be alleged a 39-year-old Rebels bikie was involved in a fight with a 26-year-old member of the Rock Machine gang on High Street at about 8.50am today.
A second Rock Machine bikie, a 26-year-old man from Hamilton Hill, joined in the fight, police allege.Fremantle police and gang crime squad detectives later charged three men with disorderly conduct.The two Rock Machine bikies are due to appear in Fremantle Magistrate's Court next Thursday while the Rebels member is due to appear in same court a day later.

Gator Boyz gang leader Tyrone Weatherall, who was sentenced Friday to almost 22 years in prison.

West Side Gator Boyz were one of Dallas' most notorious street gangs. Born from the surprising merger of Crips and Bloods – the Hatfields and McCoys of modern-day street gangs – the Gator Boyz dominated the drug trade in West Dallas, authorities say.They say the gang, numbering between 30 and 50 members and led by brothers Tyrone and Patrick Weatherall, maintained control over its enterprise and the neighborhood with a shrewd business approach to organization and a silent intimidation so encompassing that it rarely, if ever, required members to use physical violence.The Weatherall brothers amassed a cache of weapons, cash and property, including a ranch with exotic animals that authorities say they often used to entice children as young as 14 to sell drugs or serve as lookouts in and around about 30 drug houses throughout West Dallas.
"It's sad because these kids that are out there in this neighborhood, they see this [behavior] as acceptable, and that in and of itself does harm," said Dallas police gang Detective Danny Torres, who along with federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agent April Howell, headed the three-year investigation of the gang.

"To them, it's acceptable to see drug houses, it's acceptable to see dope dealers, it's acceptable to go to jail. I wanted to change that," he said.

Working undercover and with informants, local and federal authorities arrested nearly 20 Gator Boyz members in recent months. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater accepted Tyrone Weatherall's guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and sentenced the 35-year-old to almost 22 years in prison.

I am the craziest, loudest T.S. gangster around Toon Town

Jackson "Jax" McKenzie was also clearly ensnared in the aggressive lifestyle of the city's street gangs.

"I am the craziest, loudest T.S. gangster around Toon Town," the 31-year-old father boasted on his own Facebook page, which contains expletive-heavy references against police officers, "snitches" and members of the Cash Boys and Native Syndicate gangs.

Although city police have released few details about the early Sunday morning incident that left McKenzie dead and an unnamed 23-year-old man in critical condition, they have confirmed the incident appears to be gang-related.

"T.S." is a reference to the Terror Squad, a local street gang. In one of the many photos his friends have posted on his memorial page, McKenzie is wearing a T-shirt emblazed with the Terror Squad name.

The creator of the page, as well as several other friends, did not respond to messages requesting comment Monday.

McKenzie's wake and funeral are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

The city's ninth homicide of the year unfolded around 1 a.m. Sunday outside Stan's Place, a bar in the 100 block of Ruth Street.

Police are not saying if weapons were involved in the altercation, which left a trail of blood between the bar's off-sale outlet and a nearby alley. No one from Stan's Place could be reached for comment.

Police said investigators are trying to locate two "persons of interest" in connection with the incident.

man was found shot dead in a disused Smethwick factory today refused to rule out a “gangland killing”.

The detective leading a murder investigation after a man was found shot dead in a disused Smethwick factory today refused to rule out a “gangland killing”.

Leon Corey Robinson, aged 33, was discovered in an industrial unit on November 18. He had been shot in the head.

Acting Chief Insp Wayne Jones said: “We can’t rule out a gangland killing. We think he was probably lured here. We know the street gangs and he wasn’t a gang member. He was known to the police though.”

Officers are investigating the possibility Mr Robinson was with a friend when he entered the disused factory in Foundry Lane.

Police are trying to piece together Mr Robinson’s movements after 11.10pm on November 7, when he first went missing from his home in Rubery.



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"North Side Longo and Sureno Gang Injunction," after two of the most violent and notorious street gangs in Long Beach.

"North Side Longo and Sureno Gang Injunction," after two of the most violent and notorious street gangs in Long Beach. Speakers at a press conference today praised the injunction as innovative because it targets gang members from all over Los Angeles County who commit crimes in Long Beach, and not just those based in Long Beach.

"They truly do have a network answerable to the Mexican Mafia," said Chief McDonnell.

More than 100 known gang members and associates are named in the injunction. Officials said that 54 have been served with injunction notices, making them aware that they are personally being targeted and will be susceptible to punishment under the injunction if they are caught violating it.

Individuals included in the injunction are prohibited from associating with known gang members, drinking in public or possessing loading firearms. If discovered violating the injunction, the individual would be charged with whatever crime has been committed as well as the willful disobedience of a court order, a misdemeanor that could tack on six months in jail to whatever sentence stems from the committed crime.

The injunction can only legally be enforced within limits approved by a judge, and nowhere else in the city. The boundaries (pictured at right) for this injunction cover 7.25 square miles in North Long Beach, from 72nd Street south to Del Amo Boulevard, and from the Long Beach Freeway east to the Lakewood border. This location was selected because it is associated with both gangs and their illegal activities.

A judge approved the injunction in late September and arrests have already been made in connection with the injunction, police said.

Police are preparing another foray into the Vila Cruzeiro slum in a bid to oust the drug traffickers who control the area

Police are preparing another foray into the Vila Cruzeiro slum in a bid to oust the drug traffickers who control the area. The six-day assault has left 30 people dead and buses and cars have been torched in street fighting between police and drug traffickers.

Police claimed to have wrested control of the area from drug gangs but TV helicopters filmed scores of armed men fleeing up the surrounding hills into neighbouring districts.

It was not immediately clear if the police had definitively turfed the gangs out of Vila Cruzeira or if they had simply pushed them into other areas.

Fighting over the last few days has seen gangs torching 60 vehicles and firing at police with automatic weapons.

MS-13 — a gang known for beheading its victims

Violent Hispanic Gang In Canada | ELLIOT LAKE News & Views: "Local Canadian police agencies are now fearing a surge in violence as MS-13 — a gang known for beheading its victims — starts clashing with rival street gangs."

Toronto’s Galloway Boys, Malvern Crew, Ardwick Blood Crew and the Jamestown Crips.

Violent Hispanic Gang In Canada | ELLIOT LAKE News & Views: "Canada’s 100+ identified street gangs have worked their way into the public realm through high-profile arrests, or their own bloody acts of aggression, such as Toronto’s Galloway Boys, Malvern Crew, Ardwick Blood Crew and the Jamestown Crips.
Perhaps the most alarming of all, however, is the growing presence of the ‘Mara Salvatrucha,’ a gang whose parent group in the United States was recently labeled by Newsweek magazine as “the most dangerous gang in North America.”
Better known as the MS-13, the gang was originally formed in Los Angeles by young men fleeing civil strife in El Salvador."

Gangster Disciples, Imperial Gangsters, Latin Kings and Vice Lords

Four main street gangs are found in the city, Racine Police Department spokesman Sgt. Martin Pavilonis said.
Those are the Gangster Disciples, Imperial Gangsters, Latin Kings and Vice Lords. He said other, smaller units exist within those groups.
It's true that most are connected to Chicago, Pavilonis said. The Gangster Disciples apparently are the exception; he said that gang came down from Milwaukee.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Gardaí use seized bulletproof cars in gangland operations - The Irish Times - Wed, Oct 27, 2010

Gardaí use seized bulletproof cars in gangland operations - The Irish Times - Wed, Oct 27, 2010: "TWO BULLETPROOF BMWs seized from criminals are now being used as Garda cars, according to the annual report of the Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab).
The Irish Times understands the emergency response unit has been using them in Limerick on high-risk gangland operations. The vehicles, a BMW X5 4X4 and a BMW 3 Series car, were registered to brothers Ger and Wayne Dundon, both members of a feuding Limerick gang. The vehicles are worth about €350,000.
Wayne Dundon has recently completed a sentence for threatening to kill a barman who refused to serve his 14-year-old sister in a pub. He is regarded as the leader of the McCarthy-Dundon gang.
It is understood that while the Cab had initially planned to sell the Dundons’ seized cars, concerns emerged as to who might buy them, given that they are bulletproof.
It was then decided the vehicles should be retained by the State as specialist Garda cars.
The Cab’s annual report also confirms that Irish criminals trying to evade the bureau are moving their wealth and assets offshore."

Tip-off in gangland gun hunt - Herald Scotland | News | Crime & Courts

Tip-off in gangland gun hunt - Herald Scotland | News | Crime & Courts: "Police acting on a tip-off yesterday searched gardens in Edinburgh for a gun that may have been used in a gangland shooting last month.
About 50 Lothian and Borders Police officers scoured private gardens in the Broomhouse area for the gun, or guns, and drugs after intelligence indicated weapons were stashed there.
Controversial businessman Robert Kelbie, 27, was shot in the back in a suspected gangland hit at Bannatyne’s Health Club in Newcraighall, Edinburgh, last month.
Mr Kelbie discharged himself from Edinburgh Royal Infirmary the same day he was shot.
During yesterday’s hunt, police acting on information from the public stopped five men in a car in Broomhouse Loan at around 12.30pm and seized £1500 of heroin and valium.
Three men, aged 22, 36 and 27, have been arrested and charged with drugs offences and two others were being questioned by police."

Jamaica: Four die in attacks linked to gangs - Scotsman.com News

Jamaica: Four die in attacks linked to gangs - Scotsman.com News: "Jamaican police said four men were killed and four seriously wounded in a gang-related incident.
Investigators said gunmen opened fire late on Saturday on a group of men playing cards at a house in Spanish Town, a southern Jamaican city where violent gangs battling for control over extortion and drug rings are deeply entrenched."

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Canal trawled as hunt for missing Kenny is linked to 'Guinea Pig' - National News, Frontpage - Herald.ie

Canal trawled as hunt for missing Kenny is linked to 'Guinea Pig' - National News, Frontpage - Herald.ie: "WATERWAY believed to be a dumping ground used by 'Canal Butcher' Mark Desmond has been trawled in the James Kenny McDonagh search.
The Garda Water Unit trawled the Grand Canal at Hazelhatch searching for suspected gangland murder victim Kenny McDonagh this week, following ground searches in the same area of west Dublin last week.
The same waterway is where Kenny McDonagh's enemy Desmond is suspected of dumping two men's bodies in 2000.
Gardai painstakingly searched an area of the canal at Hazelhatch last Tuesday -- a mile from where the missing man's burnt-out car was found.
Mark Desmond -- known by his gangland nickname 'Guinea Pig' -- is known to stay at a property in the nearby Celbridge area.
Officers from the Water Unit called off the search after it became apparent that no trace of the missing man was to be found. But more searches in the west of the city are planned."

300 crowd border club after fleeing Zetas drug gang | World | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

300 crowd border club after fleeing drug gang | World | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle: "300 men, women and children from the colonial ranching town of Ciudad Mier, a 10-minute drive from Texas, have taken refuge in the Lion's Club in this small city on the Rio Grande — fleeing for their lives from the gangland killers called the Zetas.
The refugees deserted Mier en masse during the past week after Zetas attacked in force to wrest it back from rival thugs of the so-called Gulf Cartel narcotics smuggling organization. Businesses and houses were burned, refugees say, and innocents murdered. Government forces have not yet reacted, they say.
'Either the government doesn't want to act or they are waiting until the bands kill off one another,' said a refugee, who spoke on the condition his name not be used out of fear of the gunmen.
The Zetas began attacking Mier just hours after the killing by Mexican marines last Friday of Gulf Cartel boss Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen, known everywhere as Tony Tormenta, or Tony Storm. Officials on both sides of the border have warned that Tony Tormenta's demise is all but certain to unleash havoc as rivals fight to replace him.
Events in Ciudad Mier suggest that the already vicious conflict of the past nine months between the Zetas and Gulf Cartel, who were allies for more than a dozen years, seems ready to tip into scorched-earth war."

El Ponchis, the sadistic executioner who is terrorising Mexico.... at the age of 12 | Mail Online

El Ponchis, the sadistic executioner who is terrorising Mexico.... at the age of 12 | Mail Online: "He works alongside a posse of women dubbed the Chavelas, who are responsible for dumping the bodies of his victims. Some of them are believed to be his sisters.A Mexican Army spokesman said: 'We understand El Ponchis works under the command of Julio Jesus Radilla. Sadistic: The hitman favours cutting his victim's throats'El Ponchis was identified as the paid executioner of Radilla's enemies.'These victims were tortured, their throats cut and bodies dumped at roadsides.'Gruesome videos of El Ponchis torturing and executing his enemies have been circulated online.His favoured technique is to slit the throats of his victims using a cutting technique which leaves the head hanging by a thread.The killer has also posed for photographs wielding a rifle and standing beside a body.El Ponchis works for the South Pacific Cartel (SPC) which operates in Morelos, Mexico, and is headed by Radilla.Most of its members are between 12 and 23. They are behind a number of brutal massacres and Radilla and El Ponchis reportedly escaped when the Mexican army raided an SPC base in the town of Tejalpa last month."

13 Arrested in Garda Gangland Swoop | 98FM: Thunders, Live Music Radio, Entertainment, News, Concerts, Events, Gigs & Competitions.

13 Arrested in Garda Gangland Swoop | 98FM: Thunders, Live Music Radio, Entertainment, News, Concerts, Events, Gigs & Competitions.: "Thirteen men have been arrested in dawn raids by Gardai.
The searches, focusing mostly in the North Inner City, targeted those involved in organised crime and drug trafficking.
300 Gardai swooped on houses, business premises and other properties in the Sherrif Street and Oriel Street areas this morning.
The dawn raids – which kicked-off at 4AM – also targetted areas across Cork, Wexford, Kildare and Cavan.
It’s all part of an on-going intelligence led Garda investigation into drug trafficking, mainly in Dublin’s North inner city
CAB, the riot sqaud, the garda helicopter and garda dogs all helped in this morning raids.
A total of thirteen men – aged between 17 and 61 – have been arrested.
Two have since been released without charge .
The remaining 11 are still being held at Garda stations here in Dublin, in Cork and Wexford"

Suspect arrested in gangland shooting

Suspect arrested in gangland shooting: "Police arrested alleged underworld figure Eyal Sofer on Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to kill alleged crime figure Charlie Abutbul in Netanya two months ago.

In the September 7 attack, Abutbul was shot at by unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle in Netanya as he sat in a parked car with his son near the Carmel Hotel. No one was wounded in the shooting."

formally identified as Lee Wallace


The London Daily News: "murder inquiry is underway following a shooting in Islington. Police were called at approximately 04:30hrs on Tuesday, 9 November, following reports of a shooting outside Strang House, Britannia Row, N1.
Officers, ambulance service (LAS) and air ambulance (HEMS) attended and discovered two men suffering from gunshot wounds.

Victim 1 was pronounced dead at the scene at 05:07hrs. He has been formally identified as Lee Wallace (aged 25, 27/5/85) of Broadway, Loughton. A post-mortem will took place at St Pancras mortuary and gave the cause of death as gunshot wounds.

Victim 2 was taken to an east London hospital and subsequently died in the early hours of Wednesday, 10 November. He has been formally identified as Jayson Hassan (aged 28, 8/10/82) of Horatio Street, Bethnal Green. A post mortem at St Pancras mortuary and gave cause of death as gunshot wounds.

Next of kin have been informed."

$300k hit on Scots gangster in Sydney - Herald Scotland | News | Crime & Courts

Rival fingered for $300k hit on Scots gangster in Sydney - Herald Scotland | News | Crime & Courts: "Now the latest episode of “Sopranos on the Harbour”, as some have called it, is riveting Australians, following the arrest of McGurk’s former business associate, Ron Medich.
A multi-millionaire property developer who had been in dispute with McGurk, Medich has been charged with masterminding the murder. A Sydney court heard that shortly after McGurk was shot at close range in his driveway in front of his nine-year-old son, Luc, a text message stating “Job done” was received by a friend of Medich’s, Lucky Gattellari. Medich was allegedly with him.
The murder, in a well-heeled area, shone a light on a murky side of Sydney society. As well as being involved in property deals, McGurk, 57, had been a loan shark and debt collector with a violent reputation. The father of four had once been charged with firebombing a house. There were allegations of blackmail and corruption involving politicians."

Gym members called on over gangland hit - Herald Scotland | News | Crime & Courts

Gym members called on over gangland hit - Herald Scotland | News | Crime & Courts: "Detectives have contacted more than 3000 members of a gym as part of the hunt for a gunman who shot a businessman in the back outside the busy leisure complex.
Three weeks after Robert Kelbie, 27, was shot in the back in the suspected gangland hit, Lothian and Borders Police renewed their call for people to come forward.
He stumbled into Bannatyne’s car park in Newcraighall in Edinburgh on Wednesday, October 20, before driving himself to hospital.
He discharged himself from the city’s Royal Infirmary later the same day.
Police said they were following specific avenues of investigation but have urged the public to come forward with any information they have in relation to the shooting or a Vauxhall Vectra that was stolen in Glasgow some weeks earlier and found burned out in West Bryson Road the same night."

18 members or associates of the Nine Trey Headbustas set

Indictment charges alleged Bloods trio with 2008 New Brunsick slaying | mycentraljersey.com | MyCentralJersey.com: "the leader and 18 members or associates of the Nine Trey Headbustas set with racketeering and a host of drug and weapons offenses, the state Attorney General's Office said.Three of the suspects are charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of alleged gang member Devin Thompson, a 19-year-old South River man, on June 2, 2008, near Rutgers' Cook-Douglass Campus.Syree Hakins, 38, of West Orange; Davon Parker, 22, of Edison; and Tyrane Mathis, 34, of Edison have been charged with Thompson's murder. The charges are in the fifth count in Thursday's 63-page indictment, which supersedes a prior indictment related to the murder.The men are also charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting Thompson's friend, Christopher Whitsett, in the back, Attorney General Paula Dow said."

Drug bust drains Bronx's Hunts Point of 32 in Satan's Bloods gang; it's a relief to residents

Drug bust drains Bronx's Hunts Point of 32 in Satan's Bloods gang; it's a relief to residents: "Thirty-two members of a Hunts Point drug syndicate known as 'Satan's Bloods' were either arrested in morning raids by law-enforcement, were already jailed or being sought, authorities said.
The members ranged in age from 19 to 52 years old, and have street nicknames such as 'Skinny,' 'Macho,' 'Biscuit,' 'Shorts' and 'Hat Boy.'
The gang dealt powder cocaine, crack and heroin 'seven days a week, 24 hours a day,' along Manida and Irving Sts., according to the federal charges.
'This is in the top-10 bad places I've ever lived - and I've lived in some bad places,' said Thomas Gibson, a resident of Manida St. 'It's the slum of slums, but maybe they did some good out here today.'
The arrests come after a five-month joint investigation by the FBI and NYPD that began in March, with undercover cops making more than 100 drug buys, authorities said."

Bikie club members bailed over Zervas killing - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Bikie club members bailed over Zervas killing - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "Three members of bikie clubs charged with conspiring to murder a rival gang member in Sydney have been granted bail.
In October, Herbert Laupepa, 28, became the sixth man charged with conspiring to murder Hells Angel member Peter Zervas, who was shot outside his mother's home at Lakemba in Sydneys south-west last year.
The shooting was a week after his brother, Anthony Zervas, was bashed to death in a fight between Comanchero and Hells Angels members at Sydney airport.
In Central Local Court, a magistrate granted Laupepa bail after the payment of a bond of $150,000.
Brothers Richard Fong and Christopher Fong were also granted bail on charges of conspiring to murder Mr Zervas and of participating in a criminal group."

Hells Angels spokesman charged with extortion

Hells Angels spokesman charged with extortion: "Frederick Widdifield, who is sometimes a spokesman for the local motorcycle club, Jeffrey Benvin, Robbie Lajeunesse and Rajinder Sandhu all face charges of extortion and 'commission of an offence for a criminal organization,' identified in provincial court documents as the Nanaimo Hells Angels.
Lajeunesse and Sandhu are also charged with assault.
Lajeunesse and Benvin also face additional charges of theft over $5,000 (a boat and trailer), and possession of a restricted or prohibited weapon, identified as brass knuckles and a Taser."

Exclusive: Hells Angels Sonny Barger Has Cameo Role in 'Sons of Anarchy' - Motorcyclist Magazine

Exclusive: Hells Angels Sonny Barger Has Cameo Role in 'Sons of Anarchy' - Motorcyclist Magazine: "Barger, a founding member of the Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels, plays a character called Lenny the Pimp, one of the founders of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. Barger, who lives in Arizona these days, said in an interview that he's a big fan of the show.
'We watch it every week,' Barger said. 'It's a nice show and it seems like everyone likes it. But it's nowhere near my everyday life.'
Below, Sutter talks at length about the third season of the show and about how Barger's appearance came about.
When he was doing research for 'Sons of Anarchy,' Sutter said he never approached Barger, whose colorful life and brushes with the law were frankly chronicled in his 2001 autobiography, 'Hell's Angel,' as well as countless news articles, magazine pieces and books.
Once the FX show was on the air, however, Sutter heard through friends in the Hells Angels that Barger was a fan. After getting to know Barger through those mutual friends, the 'SOA' creator began to consider Barger for the role of Lenny Janowitz, one of SAMCRO's nine founders."

Honduras: 'We are burying kids all the time' | Maras | gangs | World news | The Guardian

Honduras: 'We are burying kids all the time' | Maras | gangs | World news | The Guardian: "Machismo, narco-trafficking, social exclusion, plentiful weapons and the aftermath of war all sustain the mara phenomenon, but it landed with plane-loads of gangsters deported from the US. The two main groups, Dieciocho (Spanish for 18) and Salvatrucha, originated in LA and exploded in central America when Con Air dumped 46,000 convicts between 1998-2005.
Nicaragua was lucky: its emigrants headed for Miami, where black and Cuban gangs shunned central Americans, and the country remains an oasis of relative calm. LA's more culturally open-minded gangs, in contrast, recruited the children of immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Many had never set foot in central America until being deported.
With no family restraints, the arrivals proved much more brutal than traditional local gangs known as pandillas, says Dennis Rodgers, a University of Manchester anthropologist and mara expert. Rival gang members have been beheaded and burned – notably during prison riots – and bus-loads of civilians have been massacred to intimidate authorities and extort money from drivers. Suspected gang members dumped human heads in front of Guatemala's congress along with notes telling the government to halt a crackdown on organised crime."

Lord Of The Flies with cocaine and Glocks

Honduras: 'We are burying kids all the time' | Maras | gangs | World news | The Guardian: "Honduras inter-gang clashes account for 40% of killings. Imagine Lord Of The Flies with cocaine and Glocks. Private security guards are estimated to account for 25%. These are poorly paid men – in some cases moonlighting police – who guard buses, liquor stores, supermarkets and other gang targets. In the crime-weary capital, shooting a suspect is more likely to earn applause than prosecution, so guards tend towards the trigger-happy.
Contract assassins – 'sicarios' – account for 15%. For just a few hundred dollars, sometimes less, they will pump bullets into your problem. Some are gang members, some are police. Targets range from wealthy businessmen who have crossed a colleague to drug-sniffing kids bothering a neighbourhood. The fundamental problem, Capellín says, is the state's inability to deter and investigate crime. 'There is total impunity.' Of the thousands of youth murders in the past decade, fewer than 50 had been solved.
From Mexico down to South America, senior politicians and police commanders say the maras are links in the narco-trafficking chain and must be eradicated. But critics argue that the heavy-handed deployment of police and soldiers is a strategy that has failed across the region. 'They talk about insecurity but tackle the symptoms and not the causes,' Capellín says. 'What about families' insecurity about food, health care, housing, work?'
'Gangs have become convenient scapegoats on which to blame the problems,' says Rodgers, 'and through which those in power attempt to maintain an unequal status quo.'"

Mexico hunts 12-year-old drug gang hitman | World | News | Toronto Sun

Mexico hunts 12-year-old drug gang hitman | World | News | Toronto Sun: "Soldiers are hunting a 12-year-old suspected drug gang hitman accused of helping wage a gruesome turf war in central Mexico, a state prosecutor and Mexican media said Friday.
The boy, known only as “El Ponchis,” is believed to be working for the South Pacific cartel in Morelos state just outside Mexico City and is one of a group of young teenagers who have already committed “terrible acts,” Morelos State Prosecutor Pedro Luis Benitez told local radio.
“These minors are still not fully developed and so it is easy to influence them, to give them a gun, pretending it is plastic, that it is a game,” Benitez said.
Benitez did not name the boy or give more details but when asked directly about the teenage hitmen he said: “They’re persuaded to carry out terrible acts; they don’t realize what they are doing,” he added.
Mexican daily La Razon said the boy is being paid $3,000 for each murder and is under the command of a little-known drug lord who heads the South Pacific gang fighting the rival Beltran Leyva and La Familia cartels for control in southwestern Mexico.
Benitez said soldiers this week arrested a teenage boy and a pregnant teenage girl also believed to be working for the South Pacific cartel."

Man arrested after guns discovered

The Press Association: Man arrested after guns discovered: "man is being questioned by gardai after two handguns and bullets were found on waste ground in Dublin.
Officers targeting they city's criminal gangs searched the open area in Charleville Mall, near the Royal Canal in the north inner city, on Wednesday afternoon.
They arrested a man in his early 20s as part of a follow-up operation in the North Strand area."

Elborio Andrade, one of 11 defendants in an alleged gang fight that turned deadly

Man gets 5 years for violation of street gang act, affray: "Elborio Andrade, one of 11 defendants in an alleged gang fight that turned deadly, has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal also sentenced the 22-year-old Gainesville man to 10 years probation for his involvement in the June 13 fight, District Attorney Lee Darragh said.
'He was charged with two offenses - affray and violation of the street gangs act,' Darragh said.
'He received 12 months (incarceration) on the affray charge and 15 years, with five to serve in incarceration for the street gang act violation. The sentences are to be run concurrently.'"

13 reputed members of the South End-based Original Gangsta Killas gang

Exclusive: Pleas to put gang on ice - Times Union: "13 reputed members of the South End-based Original Gangsta Killas gang are set to plead guilty to charges in U.S. District Court within the next several weeks, federal court papers show.
The expected guilty pleas, once entered, would mark the second time in five years federal prosecutors in Albany have taken down a high-profile gang blamed for much of the city's gun violence.
Twenty-five members and associates of the gang -- known as 'OGK' -- were charged in a racketeering indictment in October 2009 alleging 14 shooting incidents, four robberies, a stabbing and drug trafficking in Albany between May 2001 and March 2009."

Gangs battle for a slice of the lucrative drugs market (From The Bolton News)

Gangs battle for a slice of the lucrative drugs market (From The Bolton News): "SHOCKING picture of by Julian Thorpe violent crime and the drug underworld in Bolton has been uncovered in a new book about street gangs.
The novel, which is based on the author’s time in prison and interviews with gang members, reports gang activity at all levels, from fighting between “postcode gangs” across the borough to rival drug cartels battling for control of the lucrative Bolton market.
Writer Steve Hackman — not his real name — claims that CS gas sprays and guns are slowly replacing knives as the weapon of choice for the town’s criminals."

'North Side Longo and Sureno Gang Injunction

LBPOST.com: Police Announce Injunction Against Long Beach Street Gangs: "Long Beach police officers, elected officials and prosecutors unveiled a massive gang injunction today designed to target local violent street gangs with ties to the Mexican Mafia.

We will have video of today's press conference with words from Mayor Bob Foster, Police Chief Jim McDonnell and City Prosecutor Doug Haubert

shortly.

The injunction is called the 'North Side Longo and Sureno Gang Injunction,' after two of the most violent and notorious street gangs in Long Beach. Speakers at a press conference today praised the injunction as innovative because it targets gang members from all over Los Angeles County who commit crimes in Long Beach, and not just those based in Long Beach.

'They truly do have a network answerable to the Mexican Mafia,' said Chief McDonnell."

Report Links Street Gangs To Child Prostitution | KPBS.org

Report Links Street Gangs To Child Prostitution | KPBS.org: "new report says local street gangs are partly to blame for an increase in teenage prostitution in San Diego County. Now county supervisors want to strengthen penalties for sexual exploitation.
Investigators say roughly one in three teenage girls is lured into prostitution nationally every year -- and that number is similar locally.
San Diego is ranked eighth on a national list of having a high level of child prostitution and pimping.
Police say many of the victims are working for local street gangs.
Jason King heads the San Diego Anti-Trafficking Task force.
He said one girl can make $500 to $1,000 per night for gang members. The Internet is also making it easier for gangs to pimp girls.
“Your only tie is a cell phone to this person that you're putting out (on the streets),” King said. “You're not carrying stolen property or narcotics. In trafficking, you can sell that person over and over.”"

Police nab 40 suspected gangsters in islandwide raid - Channel NewsAsia

Police nab 40 suspected gangsters in islandwide raid - Channel NewsAsia: "Police have picked up 40 suspected gangsters in an islandwide blitz.

Speaking at a media briefing on Friday, Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam said the islandwide sweep will continue over the next few weeks.

He added that the police will not hesitate to use the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act if necessary.

The Act allows suspected criminals to be detained without trial and is used largely in cases relating to secret societies, drug trafficking and loan-sharking.

Mr Shanmugam said the Act is a powerful tool for the police, adding that 'along with great power, comes great responsibility'.

Recent gang-related incidents have caused public concern."

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Zetas are arguably the most violent and fearsome drug cartel group

Zetas are arguably the most violent and fearsome drug cartel group. It was the Zetas who massacred 72 migrant workers and then left their bodies rotting in a a pile outside a ranch near the U.S. border in late August..Some of the initial cartel members were elite Mexican troops and that is where the U.S. and Fort Bragg enter the picture. These Mexican troop were trained in the early 1990s by the 7th Special Forces Group or "snake eaters" at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Craig Deare a former special forces commando said:"They were given map reading courses, communications, standard special forces training, light to heavy weapons, machine guns and automatic weapons.," These U.S. trained Mexican personnel were part of the Airmobile Special Forces considered an elite part of the Mexican military. The U.S. training was designed to prepare them for counter-insurgency but ironically also for counter-narcotics operations. So these members of the Zeta cartel have insider knowledge of how the other side operates! The Zetas have a reputation as the most dangerous, most vicious, and most renegade of the cartels according to a researcher. The researcher noted:"Other cartels have accused them of not following the 'gentlemen's code' of drug trafficking and causing undue violence,..At one time, it was considered bad form to kill pregnant women, but not any more." The name "Zetas" originates from the radio code "Z" used by top military commanders in Mexico. But unlike Zorro, the Mexican outlaw hero who also used the "Z" alias, Los Zetas steal from everyone, not just the rich. And they certainly don't give much back to the poor.

Based on how the women were killed we are following several leads; one of them is that the murder was a possible hit

DETECTIVES from the St Andrew North Police Division are investigating whether Sunday night's shooting of two women on Pennant Terrace in Kingston 8 was a hit.
One of the women has so far been identified as 18-year-old Michelle Fisher of Western Park in Clarendon. The other is believed to be in her early twenties, of dark complexion, stout build and is about 162 centimetres (five feet, four inches) tall. Her body was found in brown tights, brown blouse and a pair of pink slippers.
"We are carrying out our investigations and based on the information there is more to the case than meet the eye," Deputy Superintendent Altermoth Campbell from the Constant Spring Police Station said yesterday
According to the police, both women were aboard a chartered taxi heading to Whitehall Avenue at approximately 9:00 pm.
On reaching Whitehall Avenue, the driver stopped the vehicle and two men, armed with guns, reportedly forced their way into the vehicle and ordered the driver to go to Pennant Terrace.
The police said that when the vehicle reached Pennant Terrace, the gunmen demanded money and when their demands were not met, they ordered both females out of the vehicle and opened fire hitting them. The two died on the spot.
"Based on how the women were killed we are following several leads; one of them is that the murder was a possible hit," Campbell said.
Investigators from the Constant Spring CIB have since taken the taxi driver and a woman into custody for questioning.

BOSS of the notorious Spanish Town based Klansman Gang, Tesha Miller

BOSS of the notorious Spanish Town based Klansman Gang, Tesha Miller, was collared by the St Catherine North police yesterday.
He is to be interrogated by Criminal Investigation Bureau detectives about crimes committed in recent times in the old capital.
Spanish Town has been the scene of multiple murders in recent weeks as the Klansman and O ne Order gangs have stepped up an ongoing feud which has resulted in over six persons being killed in two weeks.
The gangs have been at loggerheads for over a decade.
The Klansman gang is fiercely loyal to the opposition People's National Party while the One Order Gang has aligned itself to the ruling Jamaica Labour Party.
Police say the August killings of eight persons from two families at Tredegar Park in the parish was a result of the ongoing gang war.
The Klansman gang has its bases in Dela Vega City, Fish ground, Rivoli, Jones Avenue and Lakes Pen, while the One Order gang's stomping ground is based in Tawes Pen, Ellerslie Pen, Dempshire Pen, Shelter Rock and Chambers Lane.

Luis Torres, 23, was shot while standing on Boylston Street in Jamaica Plan Saturday evening

Luis Torres, 23, was shot while standing on Boylston Street in Jamaica Plan Saturday evening, according to police. Another person shot during the Egleston Square violence suffered non-life threatening wounds, police said.

Spontaneous Celebrations, a non-profit in Jamaica Plain where Torres often went for classes and programs, is holding a vigil for him tonight. A childhood friend said Torres's mother died about a year ago, and that he was still struggling to recover from her death when he was killed.

"He went through a lot of tough stuff in his life and losing his mother was very bad for him," said the friend, Adrian Rivera. "He was getting better. He was hooking up with the right people."

Also today, family and two law enforcement officials identified the woman who was murdered inside a Roxbury convenience store by a killer armed with an AK-47 assault rifle. Tahitia Milton was a mother of four who recently held a "Sweet 16'' birthday party for one of her daughters, a friend said.

Milton was 39 years old and lived in Roxbury. Milton was inside the Quick Stop convenience store on Warren Street Saturday afternoon when she was murdered and the store owner was wounded by the gunman.

A law enforcement official said an image of an armed man was captured on a surveillance camera. The store owner. known to neighbors as "Mo,'' is believed to be the gunman's target and detectives continue to search for an explanation for the attack on Milton.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward F Davis said Sunday that the Warren Street shooting "does not appear to be a simple robbery. There are other factors there.’’

However, Torres's shooting is believed to be gang-related, according to two officials with knowledge of the investigation.

Two gangs in Jamaica Plain have been shooting at each other in recent months and Torres's death is believed to be connected to that feud, according to the officials.

In the first shootings of the weekend's violence, two men were shot — and one of them critically wounded — on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester at about 2 a.m. Saturday. In all, seven people were shot, two fatally, this weekend.

Five shootings in six days, including a gangland execution at Metrotown, have police fearing a new gang war

Five shootings in six days, including a gangland execution at Metrotown, have police fearing a new gang war is brewing across the Lower Mainland.

A power vacuum among mid-level Metro Vancouver gangs could be behind a string of shootings in recent days.

On Thursday night, two gang-linked men were shot at about 6 p.m. as they drove along Westminster Highway in Richmond. Last Saturday, longtime gangster Gurmit Singh Dhak was executed point-blank just before 6 p.m. at Burnaby’s busy Metrotown mall. And last Friday, young men known to police were wounded in shootings in both Mission and Delta.

Sgt. Shinder Kirk, who speaks for the Gang Task Force, said that among gangs right now there is “tension and instability that has led to unacceptable levels of violence on our streets.”

“In the last few weeks we have seen an increase in violent incidents in Metro Vancouver, including the murder of Gurmit Dhak,” Kirk said Friday.

“All murders are disturbing and when these violent acts occur in a public place it significantly impacts public safety and that’s simply unacceptable.”

He said all RCMP and municipal forces and their joint special units are sharing intelligence and “committed to identifying the source of the conflict and those responsible.”

“We are aware of many of the issues at the root of this conflict and are in constant communication with all Metro Vancouver RCMP detachments and police departments regarding this potential risk to public safety,” Kirk said. “At this point it is premature to make any connections between the shootings.”

Violent mid-level gangs like the Red Scorpions and United Nations are in disarray after the high-profile arrests of their leaders. As loyalties shift and former allies battle over drug territory, things turn violent.

Dhak, 32, was a major player in the Surrey drug trade, controlling a large swath of territory. He had a relationship with the Red Scorpions, but was not in the gang. He had been targeted by assassins twice before his murder.

On paper, Dhak was a businessman, registering his company GS Global Contracting in January 2007 — months before masked gunmen opened fire on him at Vancouver’s Quattro on Fourth restaurant. He survived that attack. His company is no longer in good standing, according to the B.C. Corporate Registry.

In early 2009, Dhak bought a Burnaby penthouse for $565,000. He had two leased vehicles — a 2008 Acura MDX and a 2008 Mercedes CLS63 AMG.

Abbotsford police Chief Bob Rich told a packed public meeting Tuesday that the Duhre brothers — Sandip, Balraj and Paul — have replaced the Red Scorpions gang as the main drug trafficking group in the Fraser Valley.

“The Duhre brothers — three brothers that worked at one point for [slain Vancouver gangster] Bindy Johal — now control drugs in Abbotsford,” Rich said. “We are going after them.”

Det. Andrew Wooding, of the Abbotsford Police Gang Suppression Unit, said the new wave of violence is a “repositioning of various groups and individuals, particularly in the Fraser Valley.”

“There is a lot of talk in the drug and gang subculture about who is taking over and who is losing power,” Wooding said Friday. “The police in the Lower Mainland are engaged at every level in an effort to prevent violence.”

But he said that gang life continues to be a potentially deadly pastime.

“There is no honour, loyalty or respect in the gang-drug subculture no matter the group,” Wooding said, playing on the slogan of the once powerful United Nations gang.

“Anyone involved should think seriously if it is worth their life to be involved.”



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gangland-style hit took place between 6 and 6:30 p.m. in the 15400-block of Westminster Highway, on a barren stretch between No. 6 and 7 roads.

gangland-style hit took place between 6 and 6:30 p.m. in the 15400-block of Westminster Highway, on a barren stretch between No. 6 and 7 roads.

It appears the victims attempted to drive themselves to hospital before abandoning their white, bullet-riddled BMW at Westminster Highway and No. 3 Road, one of Richmond's busiest commercial intersections.

Four bullet holes were visible in the driver's side door and in the door behind the driver.

Richmond RCMP took the victims to Richmond Hospital, prompting heightened security, said Vancouver Coastal Health spokesman James Nesbitt. One of the victims is seriously injured, he added.

Police cordoned off Westminster Highway between No. 6 and 7 roads for the remainder of the night as they searched for evidence.

Public access to Richmond Hospital was blocked immediately after the incident but was quickly restored. An increased police presence was expected for the rest of the night, Nesbitt said.

The shootings follow several others in Metro Vancouver recently, including Saturday's slaying of longtime Vancouver gangster Gurmit Singh Dhak in a parking lot of Burnaby's Metrotown mall.



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GANGLAND twins James and Bryan Hanlon broke their silence yesterday to reveal how they survived attacks that shocked Scotland.

GANGLAND twins James and Bryan Hanlon broke their silence yesterday to reveal how they survived attacks that shocked Scotland.
The pair spoke out after the savage assaults blamed on an underworld feud left them fighting for their lives.
But they denied reports that James had a power drill used on his head and that his brother's groin had been horrifically injured in a brutal chisel attack.
Despite James having drugs convictions and being cleared on a gun charge last year, Bryan denied the brothers were dealers or that they were involved in a feud between the Daniel and Lyons crime clans.
He said: "We're not angels but we're not drug dealers.
"Because we're twins and we speak to people in the underworld, some people are trying to portray us as the Scottish Krays.
"We stand up to people face-to-face and occasionally get into fights but we use our hands.
"One story said I was in a wheelchair and another said I went out wearing suglasses and disguises. There's more truth in my daughter's Dora the Explorer books."
Gangland sources had blamed the attacks on a feud between rival crime clans that led to the fatal shooting of Kevin "Gerbil" Carroll outside an Asda store in January.
The twins were attacked three months after attending the funeral of Carroll, 29, in May.
James was first to be badly injured when a car he was a passenger in was rammed off the road in Stepps, near Glasgow.
A week later, Bryan was seriously injured when his Audi was forced into a wall and he was attacked by seven men in Maryhill.
Since the attacks on the twins, they claim they've been accused by officers of 10 revenge plots.
"The police have come to me seven times and told me they know I'm involved in planned retaliations while they've said the same to Bryan three times. I'm not a threat to anyone.
"I've never been questioned by police over what happened. They came to the hospital but the nurses advised them it wasn't in my interests to speak until I'd had a CT scan.
"They've never been back. I don't want to speak to them as I've nothing to tell them."
The 26-year-old brothers admit being childhood friends of Carroll - an enforcer with the Daniel clan - but they deny being involved in the long-running drugs war between the Daniel and Lyons families.
James said: "We've known Gerbil since we were 10 years old but have never had a problem with anyone he's had a problem with.
"It's absolute rubbish that we're involved with the Daniel family and we're angry at the lies being peddled.
"One report said that I was dating Gerbil's partner Kelly, which caused a lot of distress. I've got a fiancee and two kids."
He also dismissed reports that a power drill was used in the attack, adding: "I've no idea how many people attacked me but no-one used a drill on my head or anywhere else on my body. We're not involved in any feud with the Lyons."
Bryan suffered brain injuries in the August crash but is furious at claims that his manhood was "chopped off " and he was stabbed in the backside with a chisel.
He said: "I had a stab wound in my left hand and broken bones in my right. I've got a one-inch scar at the top of my groin where I was stabbed but nothing was chopped off . Put it this way, I'm fully intact.
"I've got three kids and younger brothers and sisters and it's terrible for them to hear this lie in the playground.
"Neither of us have been involved in any feud Gerbil may have had when he was alive, so why are we supposed to be now?
"We spoke to him when he was younger but we don't get involved with anyone's problems."
The twins - who were not paid by the Sunday Mail - claim they make a living from the motor trade.
James was convicted of possessing cocaine and cannabis in 2000 and 2003.
He spent nine months on remand after police found a gun and silencer stashed in a car in which he was a passenger in the city's Lambhill.
But he walked free from Glasgow High Court three years ago with a not proven verdict when the jury decided the gun did not belong to him.
James admits being a pal of Frances "Fraggle" Green, 29, and his sister Kelly, whose dad is scrapyard boss Jamie Daniel, 52.
James said: "I speak to Frances Green but I'm not involved in any crime war.
"One minute we're meant to be major drug dealers yet last week it was claimed I was stabbed in the head while buying £120 of cocaine up the Red Road flats.
"Another story said the reason I was attacked in August was because I held a gun to the head of a woman and threatened to shoot her as she was holding a baby. It's all fantasy."
They insist they have no idea why they were attacked.
James said: "Whoever these people were, they're cowards. It was seven on one and only after I'd been run over by a car."
Bryan said: "I suffered a brain injury because of the car crash, I didn't even know I was assaulted at the time.
"The police came to speak to me but I couldn't tell them anything of any substance as I was in a coma for four days and was on morphine. I don't know why we were attacked."
The twins' dad Jim Hanlon, who has seven other kids, said: "Some people have got us down as some big drug family but we're all sitting in council houses, not £500,000 houses."
Five men have been arrested over the attack on James. Three of them are due to stand trial at Airdrie Sheriff Court.
There have been no arrests over the attempted murder of Bryan. Police said yesterday: "Inquiries are ongoing."

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