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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

News - Crime & Courts: Police gun down fellow cop (Page 1 of 2)

News - Crime & Courts: Police gun down fellow cop (Page 1 of 2): "policeman charged with the murder of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Pillay was shot dead while in custody by officers of the Durban organised crime unit on Tuesday.

Constable Thandanani Dube, 30, had been arrested, with his cousin Sakhiseni Dladla, on June 17 in connection with Pillay's murder.

Colonel Jay Naicker said officers took Dube from Sydenham police station to their Cato Manor offices for interrogation.

'The suspect requested to go to the men's room. Two organised crime officers escorted him and removed his restraints."

Mexican Drug Lords Dump Victims In Mass Graves : Survivalist News

Mexican Drug Lords Dump Victims In Mass Graves : Survivalist News: "How many American victims have disappeared and ended up in mass graves because they witnessed drug mules crossing the border? How long has the United States government known about these mass graves and the violence against American citizens?
Many times, the victims in Mexico’s drug war simply disappear. Just a few miles outside this quaint tourist town filled with silver jewelry shops, Mexican authorities discovered where some ended up.
For months, maybe for years, feuding drug mafias have unloaded their bound-and-gagged victims from pickup trucks and car trunks and thrown them down a deep, dark hole. It is one of the most macabre spectacles in a drug war that each week brings news of greater barbarities."

Police to warn firms against trading with suspected crooks - Herald Scotland | News | Crime & Courts

Police to warn firms against trading with suspected crooks - Herald Scotland | News | Crime & Courts: "police think they have found a way around the ­problem. Forces across Scotland are already forging what they call information-sharing protocols with public bodies. Strathclyde Police, for example, already has four with councils, including Glasgow. Now they are looking at having the same kind of ­relationship with some big ­private businesses.
They have good reason to do so: the first and biggest scoping exercise of its kind, it emerged last night, uncovered nearly 300 businesses in Glasgow with gangster links. Operation Enterprise, which ended last week, targeted firms as varied as nail bars and second-hand car dealerships, seizing or freezing nearly £4 million in assets and cash.
Police have still to name the companies they have linked to criminals. But senior officers yesterday signalled that they are ready, for the first time, to ­formally pass such information on to legitimate companies that may be doing business with firms that are effectively fronts for crime groups."

Friday, 25 June 2010

Man dies and another seriously injured in gang street brawl | Scotland | STV News

Man dies and another seriously injured in gang street brawl | Scotland | STV News: "man in his 30s has died and another has been seriously injured following a group street brawl in Elgin.
Eyewitnesses say a big gang of people clashed in the town’s Lesmurdie Road brandishing crowbars and baseball bats at around 3am on Thursday.
One terrified eyewitness who did not want to be named said she saw around 15 men arrive all armed with baseball bats, golf clubs and one carrying a For Sale sign placard.

She said they started “clobbering each other” in scenes of violence she said were “brutal and horrific”.
She heard one man say, ‘I’ve been stabbed, I’ve been stabbed’ before he fell to the ground"

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Jamaican to Face Charges in New York - NYTimes.com


Jamaican to Face Charges in New York - NYTimes.com: "Christopher Coke, a reputed gang leader from Jamaica accused of running a major smuggling operation of drugs and guns in the United States, was scheduled to be flown to New York from Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, on Thursday after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in Jamaican courts, officials said. Alleged gang leader Christopher Coke wore a wig and hat in this mug shot after his arrest in Jamaica.
Disguises May Have Helped Jamaican Drug Lord Elude Arrest (June 24, 2010) Appearing briefly before a Jamaican magistrate, Mr. Coke, dressed casually and speaking in a soft voice, agreed to forgo a legal challenge and to face trial in federal district court in Manhattan.
“We look forward to this process unfolding swiftly, we hope,” said Rebecca Park, a spokeswoman at the United States Embassy in Kingston.
In a statement released by his lawyers, Mr. Coke said he would vigorously fight the charges and expected to return to Jamaica a free man. He said he was not challenging his extradition because he wanted to put an end to the bloodshed the country has experienced since an arrest warrant was issued for him late last month."

The Most Dangerous Gang In The U.S. - Cincinnati News Story - WLWT Cincinnati

The Most Dangerous Gang In The U.S. - Cincinnati News Story - WLWT Cincinnati: "El Salvador’s borders cannot contain La Mara Salvatrucha. The gang has spread to other Latin American countries like Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.
And while MS-13 never really disappeared from the U.S., its numbers here have grown since the 1980s. The group is now bigger and badder, more organized and more lethal.
For its part, the FBI launched an MS-13 National Gang Task Force in December 2004 with the goal of dismantling this dangerous organization. The FBI says it has improved the flow of information to help local and state law enforcement agencies more easily identify the gang.
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In 2003, Brenda Paz was found murdered on the banks of the Shenandoah River in Virginia. Brenda was 17 years old and pregnant. She was also a member of MS-13 who had become a federal informant. Two of her fellow gang members were later convicted of murder conspiracy and retaliating against an informant.
In 2004, the Washington Times reported MS-13 had set up a major human smuggling operation in Mexico, controlling a good portion of the routes used to sneak illegal immigrants across the border into the U.S.
In 2005, the president of El Salvador raised even more alarm, suggesting members of MS-13 were meeting with al-Qaida to infiltrate the U.S. Those reports have since been refuted by the U.S. government."

Saturday, 12 June 2010

CPD, Lexington Co. investigating three armed hotel robberies - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

CPD, Lexington Co. investigating three armed hotel robberies - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "series of armed holdups at Midlands hotels.
The most recent robbery occurred at the Holiday Inn Express on Clemson Frontage Road early Friday morning.
'One of them distracts the front desk personnel by asking for room rates, while another one tries to find identification, then one pulls the gun,' said Lexington County Sheriff James Metts.
Metts says the gun is a semi-automatic handgun and the men are desperate.
'They're not trying to disguise themselves,' said Metts of their desperation. 'People who are committing these crimes are just that daring that they will commit the crime and usually it's for money to get drugs with.'
The men managed to grab $500 from the Marriott Courtyard on Zimalcrest Drive."

Car gang ringleader is back behind bars - Manchester Evening News

Car gang ringleader is back behind bars - Manchester Evening News: "Michael O’Donnell, 29, was on remand awaiting sentencing when he took a razor to his ear in his cell at Forest Bank Prison.
An ambulance was called to take him from the Salford jail to hospital but it was ambushed on the way. Four masked men pulled up in a stolen BMW and smashed the ambulance’s windows, freeing O’Donnell, of Matley Green, Brinnington.
He was recaptured last week at Pontin’s in Southport ahead of his sentencing at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court."

Friday, 11 June 2010

BBC News - Arrests after heroin found in car in Lanarkshire

BBC News - Arrests after heroin found in car in Lanarkshire: "Two men have been arrested after police seized drugs from a car in North Lanarkshire.
Officers stopped and searched the vehicle in Jerviston Street in New Stevenson at about 1940 BST on Wednesday.
They recovered drugs, believed to be heroin, with an estimated street value of about £70,000.
The men detained, aged 23 and 25, were expected to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court in connection with the haul.
A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal."

Robert Looney has long criminal record, tied to prison gang | Eyewitness News 9

Robert Looney has long criminal record, tied to prison gang | Eyewitness News 9: "Standoff suspect, Robert Looney has been arrested before in connection with several shootings in Baltimore, Md. Nine On Your Side contacted the Maryland State Attorney's Office and they sent us a few pages of what they described as a lengthy criminal record.
In 2007, Looney barricaded himself in an apartment in West Baltimore while he was a suspect in an attempted murder case. Looney served three years in prison and got out in 2006. Baltimore Police say Looney was running a record company that was a front for selling drugs. They say he is a ranking member of the notorious prison gang known as the “Black Guerilla Family” founded in1966 at San Quinton."

FBI tries its ad seeking Bulger in Military Times - The Boston Globe

FBI tries its ad seeking Bulger in Military Times - The Boston Globe: "Fugitive gangster James “Whitey’’ Bulger was kicked out of the US Air Force, but the FBI says he obtained a fake military identification card before he fled Boston and may be lurking around military bases.

The FBI placed an ad in the May 24 issue of The Military Times, featuring photos of Bulger, 80, and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, 59, under the headline, “Have You Seen This Couple?’’"

Ex-gang member recounts torture at Burge trial | Tribune Search - Better News Results

Ex-gang member recounts torture at Burge trial | Tribune Search - Better News Results: "convicted burglar and longtime heroin addict said today he confessed to a 1983 murder after he was beaten and suffocated by Chicago police detectives then under the command of Cmdr. Jon Burge.
Gregory Banks, 46, who served a little more than seven years in prison until his conviction was thrown out because his confession had been coerced, erupted in anger as he recounted his arrest nearly three decades ago.
The testimony came at Burge's trial in federal court on charges he lied to conceal the torture of Banks and other criminal suspects.
Banks said he had been left alone in an interview room at Area 2 police headquarters handcuffed to a wall for about six hours in October 1983 when Sgt. John Byrne and detectives Peter Dignan and Charles Grunhard entered the room about 2:30 a.m.
'Byrne said, 'We know you did it. We want to know why you did it,'' Banks testified.
When he denied any involvement in the murder, Banks said, Byrne 'pulled a nickel-plated handgun and put it in my mouth.'
When he offered more denials, Banks said, Byrne struck him with a flashlight in the chest, knocking him to the floor. The detectives beat and kicked him.
'Peter Dignan -- I'll never forget Peter Dignan,' said Banks"

Saturday, 5 June 2010

POLICE have identified a "top 20" of criminal gangs

POLICE have identified a "top 20" of criminal gangs who are orchestrating the bulk of drug dealing, human trafficking, prostitution and other organised crime in Scotland.
The gangs not only operate Scotland-wide but have also developed extensive links all over the world. This means they are now able to bring uncut cocaine direct to Scotland, instead of channelling it through the old networks of mainland Europe and London, where it would have been diluted.Police have passed details of 40 of Scotland's international crime lords to Europol, so the organisation can investigate their interests abroad.
They have also identified ten "accountants", criminal bankers used by various gangs to channel the proceeds of crime into seemingly legitimate businesses.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

'Crossbow Cannibal': remains of second prostitute found - Telegraph

'Crossbow Cannibal': remains of second prostitute found - Telegraph: "Police identified human tissue belonging to Shelley Armitage, 31, who had not been seen for almost six weeks, in the River Aire – the same river where the dismembered remains of Suzanne Blamires, 36, were discovered last week.
Mr Griffiths, 40, a PhD student, is on remand in Wakefield Prison charged with murdering three prostitutes in Bradford."

Sir Paul McCartney Shaken by Gang Attack

Sir Paul McCartney Shaken by Gang Attack: "Paul McCartney has been left “shaken up” after a gang attacked his tour bus.
The 67-year-old star had to be rescued by police in Mexico after the youths surrounded his vehicle and jumped up and down on the roof after a concert at the Foro Sol stadium in Mexico City on Saturday, May 29.
A source said, “At first his security team thought it was just swarms of fans but when people started scaling the bus, the situation changed in a flash. Paul and the team were shaken up.”
According to reports, the troublemakers left the scene as soon as they heard police sirens.
The singer’s management team are now reviewing his security."

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