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Saturday, 31 July 2010

The ‘quiet, intelligent family man’ at the centre of three murder cases - Manchester Evening News

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The ‘quiet, intelligent family man’ at the centre of three murder cases - Manchester Evening News: "Arran Coghlan is a quiet, hard-working company boss and family man.
But a prosecutor, who handled an earlier – unsuccessful – murder case against him, described him in court as someone who built a crime ‘empire’ using ‘ruthless violence’ to achieve his aims.
Mr Coghlan, 39, explains the difference by saying police have pursued a vendetta against him – running a ‘get Coghlan’ campaign which has repeatedly backfired.
What is clear is he has now been charged with three murders – and acquitted on each occasion."

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Drug smuggling with alleged Hells Angels links nets Washington State man 14 years

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Drug smuggling with alleged Hells Angels links nets Washington State man 14 years: "Christopher Walters, 41, of Ferndale, Washington, received the load of drugs from a co-conspirator in an isolated cove in the San Juan Islands, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. The drugs were delivered by jet ski from an organized crime group believed to be the Hells Angels, American officials said"

Freedom near for reputed crime boss Gerald (Gerry) Matticks

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Freedom near for reputed crime boss: "Gerald (Gerry) Matticks is scheduled to be released long before the end of his 12-year prison term.
Matticks, reputed to be a leader in the West End Gang, is to reach his statutory release date on Aug. 6, the two-thirds mark of the sentence he received in 2002 after pleading guilty to several charges related to multimillion-dollar drug smuggling conspiracies carried out through the Port of Montreal.
Because he has twice been turned down for parole, Matticks automatically qualifies for a release under federal sentencing laws."

Sunday, 25 July 2010

coast around Marbella is still the favourite destination for criminals from Britain who want to escape the long arm of the law

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shooting of Danny Smith, wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Essex in 2007, shows that the coast around Marbella is still the favourite destination for criminals from Britain who want to escape the long arm of the law

It could have been a scene straight out of a bad British geezer film. A dark-haired young man having a drink on the terrace of a Spanish resort bar on a balmy Mediterranean night. A motorcycle cruises along the street. Suddenly six shots ring out. Bystanders hit the ground. Screams. The motorcyclist speeds off with his gunman accomplice clinging on behind him. The young man lies dying, three shots to the head.

But the shooting at the Lounge Bar in Mijas, near Marbella on the Costa del Sol, belongs in the non-fiction section. The death of Danny Smith, 26, from Billericay in Essex, is the latest murder of a foreigner to be investigated by Spanish police in what has become a world of expat mayhem and one that reinforces the image of this once magical part of the Iberian peninsula as the Costa del Crime, a nickname acquired nearly 30 years ago.

Smith was on borrowed time. He was on the run from British police who were seeking him in connection with the shooting in Stock, near Chelmsford, Essex, of businessman Doug Turner in 2007. That in itself was a bungled hit, with Turner the wrong target. Smith fled, leaving two associates to face the music. Then in December last year Essex police, having received intelligence that he was in Spain or northern Cyprus, issued an appeal for further information.

Working by day in the building trade, drinking by night in the bars, Smith was apparently unworried by the possibility of arrest. Earlier in the evening he was said to have been involved in an argument in the bar with a man who was harassing some of the women customers. The shooting followed. Essex police said yesterday that they were awaiting formal identification from the Spanish authorities. A young Irishman has already been arrested for the murder and is in custody.

But why was Smith there in the first place? The original reason British criminals came to the Costa was the collapse in 1978 of a long-standing extradition agreement, originally drawn up by Benjamin Disraeli, between the UK and Spain. The latter complained that Britain was making it too difficult to retrieve Spanish fugitives and duly ended the arrangement. Suddenly the coast became a magnet for men if not quite on the run then certainly travelling at jogging pace. Up to a hundred major villains settled. Bars with names like Sinatra’s and El Bandito catered to the new arrivals and the stretch of coast became a European Miami: sunny, decadent, dangerous. It was a good place to hide, with 100,000 or so Britons making a first or second home there. By the time the extradition loophole was closed in 1985, the area was established as “the bit of Europe that fell off the back of a lorry”.

In the 1990s a corrupt local mayor, Jesús Gil y Gil, happy to stuff his pockets and turn blind eyes to illegal construction, made it all the more attractive. The money slopping around from the drugs trade had to go somewhere, and the booming construction business which saw house prices double in a decade was an obvious place for it. By the time Gil died in 2004 the damage was done.

Now up to a million Britons have homes in Spain, although the number is dwindling as the recession tightens and the pound weakens against the euro. While many are law-abiding retirees, courted in the spring by David Cameron as potential Tory voters, a fair proportion are duckers and divers, with a smattering of serious professional criminals, and they have spread along the coasts. Drive down the Costa Brava and someone will point out where Kenny Noye, now serving life for murder, supposedly ordered bullet-proof glass for his swimming pool.

Last September, Crimestoppers, in association with the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), issued its latest most wanted list as part of Operation Captura, an attempt to track down British criminals hiding out in Spain. Last month Martin Smith became the 34th name on that list of 50 to have been caught, when he was grabbed in Barcelona.

There have, of course, been more momentous shootings than that of Danny Smith. In April 1990 Charlie Wilson, the great train robber, was slicing cucumbers for a salad at his villa in Llanos de Nagüeles, near Marbella, when a young man in a baseball cap arrived on a mountain bike, asked Wilson’s wife, Pat, for a word with her husband, and then shot him and Bobo, the family alsatian, before escaping over the back wall.

This was a time when Ronnie Knight, wide-boy former husband of the actress Barbara Windsor, acted as the underworld’s ambassador to the area. He had property in the hills outside Fuengirola which he described in his autobiography, Black Knight, as “paradise found”, missing only a decent Indian restaurant to make it perfection. When he went back to stand trial at the Old Bailey in 1995 on charges of handling stolen money, his barrister, the late Richard Ferguson QC, told the judge that his client’s image as a “swashbuckling figure basking in the sun in Spain” was an exaggeration.

Some criminals seeking safety have long since buckled their swashes and headed to more secure bolt holes. Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, which is not recognised by the UK and therefore has no extradition treaty, provides sanctuary for some. After Britain’s biggest cash robbery, of the Securitas depot in Tonbridge in Kent in 2006, it was to northern Cyprus that detectives flew in search of suspects and some of the missing £53m. There are only around 5,000 British expats there, so blending in is not such an easy option.

The authorities claim that northern Cyprus does not deserve its reputation. “I would say to people in Britain – don’t believe everything you hear,” said the prime minister’s spokesman when the Tonbridge hunt was on. “This is a democratic country and our legal system is like the British one. It’s very easy for people to say, ‘we can’t find the criminals; they must be in northern Cyprus’.”

Another hideout destination is Thailand, with Pattaya the favoured spot. The attraction here – apart from the obligatory full English breakfast, thriving counterfeit goods market and bar girls – is that bogus IDs are easy to get, the extradition process can be slow and fugitives can slip across the border into Cambodia. But nothing compares with Spain for convenience and comfort.

The Spanish government is concerned about the way the country has become a honeypot for international criminals: there are 27,000 foreigners in jail, more than a third of the prison population, and an increase of 242% in the past decade. A law was introduced in April to close loopholes used in money-laundering and to impose new obligations on lawyers and estate agents when large quantities of cash are involved. Criminals who use casinos to launder money now face a new, if minor, hurdle; more than €2,000 in chips can only be obtained with identification.

British villains have been joined by their Irish counterparts, partly as a result of the Irish authorities’ increased activity in hunting down criminal assets. Last month Christy Kinahan, from Dublin, named by the Garda as a major player in drugs and arms, was arrested at his apartment near Marbella, in a co-ordinated series of raids across Europe that saw 11 properties in Spain turned over. There is also a powerful eastern European criminal presence: Russian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Albanian. Simultaneously, the Galician coast in the north-west of the country became the European gateway for the Latin American cocaine trade. Spain now has the highest percentage of cocaine use in Europe.

The 2001 film Sexy Beast epitomises the tanned and complacent British villain in Spain. It was preceded on the screen in 1984 by Stephen Frears’s The Hit, in which Terence Stamp played a supergrass on the run from his former colleagues, and followed in 2005 by the less celebrated The Business. Danny Smith, remembered now with flowers to “Tall Dan” outside the lounge, may have had only a walk-on part in the latest Costa drama, but he will not be the last young Briton to slump to a barroom floor with a bullet in his head.

Heavyweight Stevie Malcolm - dubbed The Fat Controller

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Heavyweight Stevie Malcolm - dubbed The Fat Controller over the taxi firms he runs - has kept himself on the straight and narrow as he built up a huge personal fortune.

The 46-year-old boasts a fleet of luxury cars and a string of sprawling homes - including one £9million pad with a £1.4million fish tank.

And yesterday he was revealed as the owner of the plush property where fraud probe pal Hughes, 31, lives in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire.

But as well as raking in cash from taxi and beauty firms, in his background lurk links to TWO Glasgow crime dynasties as well as a web of shadowy underworld figures.

Last night a source revealed: "Stevie is a businessman first and foremost.

"He is aware there are always these rumours surrounding him, but he doesn't really care. As far as he's concerned he's squeaky clean and nothing can touch him."

Malcolm - who lives in a detached home in upmarket Whitecraigs, Glasgow - is known to have had a close friendship with feared crimelord Tam 'The Licensee' McGraw. And he is still in league with the gangster's widow Margaret, 58, according to the latest company records filed last November.

She sold cab firm Glasgow Private Hire to him in the 1990s - when it was called Mac Cars - and still owns 40 per cent of the company.

Malcolm has a 50 per cent stake in the business, with his wife Julie owning the remaining ten per cent.

Accounts revealed the firm raked in a massive £2.5million between November 2002 and November 2003 - a whopping £50,000 a week.

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Monday, 19 July 2010

Man freed in gangland murder inquiry - The Irish Times - Mon, Jul 19, 2010

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Man freed in gangland murder inquiry - The Irish Times - Mon, Jul 19, 2010: "25-year-old man arrested in connection with the shooting dead of convicted criminal Stephen Byrne has today been released without charge.
The man was one of two people arrested over the weekend in relation to the murder of the 32-year-old Dubliner last Tuesday.
A 20-year-old man is still being detained at Store Street Garda station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, and can be detained for up to 72 hours without charge..
A total of Five people have so far been detained in relation to the murder Byrne.
He was shot dead at about 4.40pm last Tuesday at the junction of St Laurence Place East and Sheriff Street in Dublin’s north inner city.
The dead man lived at Mariner’s Port, just yards from where he was killed.
He received a phone call on Tuesday while in his house and went out to meet somebody on the street.
As he was talking to a group of people, a gunman approached on a mountain bike, shooting Byrne in the head and chest.
Those talking to Byrne fled as the gunman moved in. The killer, who used a handgun, escaped on the bike.
Last week, gardaí arrested two boys, aged 15 and 16 years, and a man in his 20s. All three were believed to have been among the group talking to Byrne just before he was shot.
They have since been released from Garda custody without charge.
Gardaí believe Byrne’s murder is linked to a gangland feud between rival factions based in the Sheriff Street area.
The dispute started nearly eight years ago when a major criminal gang split into two factions after its leader, Christie Griffin (40), originally from Canon Lillis Avenue, Dublin, was accused of rape."

Friday, 16 July 2010

Jamaican-born MC faced deportation proceedings in Atlanta Immigration Court.

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Over a month has passed since rumor sprouted surrounding legendary Geto Boys' MC Bushwick Bill's no-show at the June taping of VH1's 2010 Hip Hop Honors. At the time, there was some speculation that he'd been arrested on unknown charges before he was scheduled to perform during the Rap-A-Lot Records dedication to honor the label's founder, J. Prince.

While those charges or the arrest have yet to be confirmed, Bill is definitely in some hot water. Today, the Jamaican-born MC faced deportation proceedings in Atlanta Immigration Court. The cause for the ongoing case is also unknown.

The former member of the pioneering, Houston-based gangsta rap group, Geto Boys, was born Richard Shaw in Jamaica in 1966, but raised in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York (hence his stage name), before relocating to Houston in the ’80s.

Despite his small stature, he made a huge impact among the trio that included rap icons Scarface and Willie D. Their early, Southern gothic mix of sociopolitical gangster narratives, tales of paranoia and vulnerability ("Mind Playing Tricks") and psychotic trips ("Mind of a Lunatic") earned labels ranging from reality rap to horrorcore. Of course, Bill became the center of attention in 1991, after accidentally shooting himself in the eye during an episode with a girlfriend that, to this day, remains shrouded in a self-admitted haze of drunkenness, depression and suicidal thoughts — which he later rapped about on the single, "Ever So Clear," from his debut solo album. The cover for Geto Boys' 1991 release We Can't Be Stopped (Rap-A-Lot) features a photo taken during his resulting hospital stay, with Willie D and Scarface on either side of his gurney while Bushwick, his left eye grotesquely swollen and bloodied, posed with a dope boy cellular phone up to his ear while wearing a hospital gown.

But in recent years, Bill made a 180-degree turn, switching from gangsta to gospel rap. He dropped his gospel debut, The Testimony of Redemption late last year on G-S.P.O.T. Productionz (God's Special Purpose of Talent). In the video (above) for the title track, he recounts his journey from Geto Boy to gospel-rapping ordained minister.

CL contributor Ben Westhoff had arranged an interview to discuss his transformation earlier this year with Bushwick Bill, who was residing in Atlanta. But it never happened. We hope to speak to Bill's lawyer soon. Stay tuned for more information on this ongoing case.

northern Mexico drug gang rammed a car that may have been packed with explosives or inflammable material into two police patrol trucks

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Members of a northern Mexico drug gang rammed a car that may have been packed with explosives or inflammable material into two police patrol trucks in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing two officers and a medical technician, and wounding nine people.
Federal police said the attack Thursday — which may be one of the first uses of an explosive-packed car in Mexico — was in retaliation for the arrest of a top leader of the La Linea drug gang, Jesus Acosta Guerrero, earlier in the day.
Seven officers and two civilians were wounded in the attack, said a state police source who was not authorized to be quoted by name. He said the compact passenger car had apparently been carrying some kind of explosive or inflammable device when it rammed the police pickup trucks. The crash left charred wreckage.
Federal police confirmed in a statement that the car rammed the patrol vehicles, but were not immediately available to confirm what, if anything the car was carrying.
Police said the man arrested Thursday, Acosta Guerrero, 35, was the "operations leader" of the la Linea gang, which works for the Juarez drug cartel.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Band-Aid on a young client's neck to cover the tattooed word "murder."

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Baltimore had "Peanut King." Now, "Murder" and "Killer" are becoming more common as nicknames, not to mention "Savage" and various forms of the word "bloody." Young men tattoo the names to their necks and arms, or ink teardrops under their eyes, one for each person they've killed.

The very names and symbols reflect guilt.

Defense attorney Warren A. Brown said that recently he put a Band-Aid on a young client's neck to cover the tattooed word "murder." But prosecutors got the judge to order the covering removed, giving jurors a full view of how the defendant wanted to be known.

While the Mafia seems to choose names that make for good headlines, the suspect drug dealers in Baltimore have a more narrow approach. "The monikers are for the world they live in," Brown said. "They long ago opted out of the mainstream. The names they choose are for their own little world, where they want to be known as 'Black,' or 'Killer.'

"In their world, that's not a bad thing," Brown said. "But of course when they come to court, it hurts."

Nicknames have always been a part of criminal lore, often helping elevate criminals to mythical stature: Jack the Ripper, Scarface, Blackbeard, Doctor Death, Son of Sam, the Angel of Death, to name a few well-known examples.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Police launch worldwide criminal hunt

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Police launch worldwide criminal hunt: "David MacDonald Carrol, said to frequent Australia, who is wanted by Canadian authorities for his alleged involvement in the murder of 13 rival bikie gang members in Canada between 1995 and 2001.
Crime Stoppers International says Carrol, a member of the Quebec Nomads Chapter of the Hells Angels, is accused of conspiring to murder the rival bikies after they refused to buy drugs from him.
Also possibly in Australia is former mining executive Jason Holland, wanted by South African authorities for allegedly siphoning off cash from his firm, Sentula Mining, in 2008.
Crime Stoppers International says the money was placed in a German account, of which Holland was the sole signatory, before he vanished.
Altogether 60 fugitives are being targeted in the operation, which also involves domestic police forces in the US, Canada, Australia, the Caribbean, the western Pacific, India, The Netherlands, the UK, South Africa, New Zealand and South America."

Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Vatican approves exhumation of Mafia figure in notorious Italian case

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Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Vatican approves exhumation of Mafia figure in notorious Italian case: "Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, was a 15-year-old high-school student in June 1983, when she did not return from school to her home inside Vatican City. Her disappearance has never been explained, but the case gave rise to a series of sensational theories. One report suggested that she had been kidnapped, and her captors offered her freedom in exchange for that of Mehmet Ali Agca, the would-be papal assassin who was then imprisoned in Rome. Another theory was that her abductors were working for the Mafia, sending a warning message to the conspirators who had stolen millions from the failed Banco Ambrosiano. After years of investigating the case, Italian prosecutors found insufficient evidence to support these theories."

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Who is Eskender Mafarani & Why Did “Canadian” Smuggle $2 Milln Into US?

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Who is Eskender Mafarani & Why Did “Canadian” Smuggle $2 Milln Into US?: "Eskender Henareh Mafarani was sentenced to 37 months in prison for trying to smuggle into the U.S. more than $2.1 million in U.S. cash, six cell phones, and a laptop computer in late 2008. The cash was wrapped in 130 bundles and it and the cellphone and computer were hidden inside Mafarani’s truck as it attempted to cross into the U.S. from Canada over the Ambassador Bridge to Detroit. Mafarani lied to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents"

Gangsters have a new drug of choice

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Gangsters have a new drug of choice: "Dennis Karbovanec walked into a Surrey highrise in October 2007 and shot three people in the head, he was addicted to the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin.
And when his former Red Scorpion gang-mate Anton Hooites-Meursing played a role in the same Surrey Six murder plot, he was also struggling with an addiction to the pill police say is akin to “prescription heroin.”
Jamie Bacon, the purported Red Scorpion leader, is similarly addicted to the drug, according to a Surrey pre-trial memo highlighted in a recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling condemning Bacon’s jail conditions.
Police say an increasing number of mid-level B.C. gangsters are popping Oxys to relieve the stress and pain of their volatile life in the criminal underworld.
And one former gangster says the big problem with the synthetic opiate used to control intense pain is that it removes inhibitions to troubling gang behaviours including acts of brutality and violence.
In the last two months alone, Abbotsford police have arrested two gang-linked men with sizable stashes of OxyContin."

Friday, 2 July 2010

CBC News - Montreal - Montreal Mafia boss was targeted: police

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CBC News - Montreal - Montreal Mafia boss was targeted: police: "killing in St-Leonard earlier this week of a reputed mob boss is just the latest in a string of attacks against the Montreal Mafia, police say.
Insp. Bernard Lamothe said the public should know the double slaying of Agostino Cuntrera and his guard Liborio Sciasciathis wasn't random.
'They're not less safe today because Agostino Cuntrera was shot down' in front of his own business establishment, Lamothe told CBC News. 'He was really the target.'
Lamothe said Cuntrera's killing is just the latest in a larger pattern of violence against the Rizzuto family, which has been under attack for months.
'You have three murders and one kidnapping — they're all related and they're all very specific to one clan,' Lamothe said, pointing to the killings of Cuntrera and his body guard on Tuesday, Nick Rizzuto Jr. last December and Frederico Del Pechio last August. Paolo Renda, believed to be Cuntrera's adviser, was kidnapped in May."

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