Sunday, May 29, 2016

To kill a ghost: Clinton Yow Foo

The ghost moved quietly through a Scarborough neighbourhood, speaking softly on his phone. As he walked up his driveway, the early morning silence was pierced by the faint report of a single gunshot.

The bullet covered the distance in less than half a second. Two hundred yards away the ghost crumpled and died, according to a police report. That murder, committed in the first few hours of Oct. 1, 2015, breathed new life into a case that had been dead for years. For months in 2009, Durham Regional Police Det. Cyril Gillis had watched the ghost and his gang as they partied in nightclubs, paid visits to massage parlors and dealt drugs.
After countless hours of surveillance, Gillis and his team knew a lot about the man. He was smart, never operated vehicles in his own name, was a top-ranking member in the group’s hierarchy, and he loved watches, including his pride and joy, a $48,000 timepiece.

The trail that eventually led to the identity of the ghost—37-year-old Clinton Yow Foo — started off with a gram of cocaine. An undercover agent bought the drugs on the streets of Whitby and soon increased his order to an ounce at a time. “By following the drugs and the money and through surveillance, we were able to go up the food chain and identify the actual suppliers of the cocaine,” said Gillis. The investigation was called “Project Isis.” For three months in 2009, Durham Regional Police drug and gang enforcement units watched as a crew of a dozen dealers spread marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and methamphetamine throughout Durham Region and into Toronto and York.
While executing a search warrant, police stumbled upon a stash house packed with drugs. Gillis said there was so much illegal material they couldn’t afford to leave it there and had to seize it, thus ending the project.

In the end, they captured almost $3 million worth of drugs, cash, guns and property, and started arresting everyone they knew was connected with the crew.Yow Foo was arrested and eventually he was convicted on drug and gun charges and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Gillis thought he had finally caught the ghost, but in 2013 Yow Foo successfully appealed his conviction on the basis that he had no knowledge or control of the closet and its contents. He was then acquitted of all charges and set free.
The ghost vanished until Oct. 1 last year, when Toronto Police received a 911 call about a dead man in the driveway of a house on Kingston Rd. It was Yow Foo. Police revealed that Yow Foo had been shot from 200 yards away by a skilled “sniper” using a “high-powered rifle.” “This is a shot that was made at a considerable distance — at night, in the dark, it was windy, and Yow Foo was on the move when he was shot,” said Toronto police Det. Sgt. Tam Bui. The firearm used was a Browning BLR short magnum lever-action rifle with a Bushnell scope and bipod. “It’s definitely not a sniper rifle,”

Nicolo Rizzuto
Homicides involving snipers are very rare in Canada. According to police reports, on Nov. 10, 2010, Nicolo Rizzuto, the 86-year-old godfather of Montreal’s Rizzuto crime family, was shot through a window by at least one shooter who was waiting in the woods behind the family home. Nicolo and Vito Rizzuto lived next to each other on Antoine Berthelet Ave., a pricey cul-de-sac dubbed “Mafia Alley.” Paolo Renda also had a home on the street.

Toronto police have hinted the rifle used to shoot Yow Foo is connected to Montreal and have confirmed it fires a .300 calibre bullet, the same calibre that was used to kill Rizzuto.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Rocco Sollecito of Rizzuto organization shot dead - Update II

Francesco (Chit) Del Balso
Francesco (Chit) Del Balso, 46, informed the Parole Board of Canada last week in writing that he feels his life is not in danger even though his close friend, and fellow leader in the Rizzuto organization, Lorenzo (Skunk) Giordano, 52, was fatally shot in Laval on March 1.

Giordano and Del Balso recently reached the statutory release dates on the lengthy sentences they received as a result of Project Colisée. Del Balso and Giordano were seen as potential candidates to assume the top position in the group.

Kia Sportage SUV with a broken passenger window in which 50 year-old Lorenzo Giordano met his fate.

The decision was made one day before Rocco Sollecito was murdered.
Days after Giordano was killed, Del Balso was placed under arrest and returned to a penitentiary after Correctional Service of Canada decided to suspend his statutory release out of concerns for his safety. Last week, the parole board agreed with Del Balso that he should be released again.
The summary reveals that Giordano was killed inside a car with his wife seated next to him “and information was received to the effect that (Del Balso) was next on the execution list.”

Rocco Sollecito
Exactly one decade ago, Rocco Sollecito was part of a group of six men who seemed untouchable. The six had been chosen to take charge of the Mafia in Montreal while its leader, Vito Rizzuto, was incarcerated in the United States.

Now, following Sollecito’s brazen killing only two of those six men remain alive and both were recently returned to federal penitentiaries out of concerns for their safety. Police say a man, described as being in his 30s and dressed entirely in black, was waiting at a bus shelter on St-Elzéar Blvd.

The gunman opened fire into the passenger-side window of Sollecito’s white BMW sport utility vehicle when it stopped at a stop sign at around 8:30 a.m.

Paolo Renda
The first of the six to go was Vito Rizzuto’s brother-in-law, Paolo Renda, who was abducted off a street in May 2010 by men who appeared to be pretending to be plainclothes police officers. Renda has never been seen since.

Six months after Renda was abducted, Rizzuto’s father, Nicolo (Zio Cola) Rizzuto was killed in his home. It was the clearest of signs that the Rizzuto organization was under attack from a group led by Salvatore Montagna.

Salvatore "Sal the Iron Worker" Montagna was an acting boss of the Bonanno crime family in New York. He was a dual citizen of Italy and Canada. Montagna was deported from the U.S. and came to Montreal

Salvatore Montagna

Agostino Cuntrera was executed May 30, 2010
Shortly after Vito Rizzuto's release, several men were killed in what is suspected to be retaliation for the hits on his family: drug dealers Emilio Cordileone, Tony Gensale, and Mohamed Awada were eliminated in back to back killings in November 2012. Also in November, Joe Di Maulo, an influential mobster who was suspected of having orchestrated the hits on the Rizzuto clan along with Raynald Desjardins and Salvatore Montagna, was executed in the driveway of his home.

Raynald Desjardins

Joe Di Maulo

Nick Rizzuto Jr son of Vito Rizzuto, was shot dead on December 29, 2009.

Francesco (Chit) Del Balso
Survivers of the six are Francesco (Chit) Del Balso, 46, and Francesco Arcadi, 62.
Salvatore Montagna was killed on Nov. 24, 2011. The slaying occurred just weeks after an attempt was made on Raynald Desjardins’s life.

Francesco Arcadi
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Rocco Sollecito
Rocco Sollecito was shot dead Friday morning on Boulevard St-Elzéar W., between Curé-Labelle et Chomedey Blvds in Laval. Sollecito was shot in his car and pronounced dead at the scene. Sollecito was shot when he stopped at a stop sign just 300 metres away from Laval police headquarters. "It's not complicated. It's a mob hit," said Laval police spokesman Franco Di Genova. Sollecito was a longtime friend of local mob boss Vito Rizzuto, and apparently remained loyal to the Rizzuto organization when it came under attack in 2010 and 2011.

Sollecito appeared to be the organization’s top decision-maker after Rizzuto’s father, Nicolo, was murdered, Rizzuto’s brother-in-law Paolo Renda was kidnapped, and Rizzuto himself was incarcerated.

Rocco Sollecito, Charlie Renda

Stefano Sollecito
Rocco Sollecito’s expertise in the organization was bookmaking. After Vito Rizzuto died of natural causes in December 2013, a committee of six men reportedly took over the reins of the organization, and Sollecito’s loyalty appeared to have been rewarded in the shake-up.

His son Stefano was reportedly given a high-ranking position on the committee and, as the eldest member of the group, Rocco was to have acted as an adviser to the younger generation. Stefano Sollecito was arrested late last year along with Vito’s son, Leonardo. Sollecito's shooting comes three months after Lorenzo (Skunk) Giordano, identified as a lieutenant in the Montreal Mafia, was killed in a parking lot in the Chomedey area of Laval.

Lorenzo (Skunk) Giordano

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Becoming a Hells Angel

If one is interested in joining the Hells Angels MC, or any one percenter motorcycle club (outlaw motorcycle gang — OMG in cop circles) and are on the internet to figure out how, then you probably won’t be joining any time soon. First on the list of Hells Angels membership requirements is to have the 'right' personality, and that comes from your lifestyle.

Basic requirements are;
•Have a driver's license
•Own a working motorcycle - Harley Davidson or Buell exclusively
•Never have applied to be a police officer or prison guard
•Not be a child molester

Members MUST BE white and male. Internationally, some European Hells Angels Charters have looser race requirements. Committing to join the Hells Angels should be thought of as a life commitment. If you do try and escape the club then you must hand your patches back as they are considered club property, or they will be taken by force. This includes body ink. The Hells Angels MC should never be seen as a club you will try out for a while with the option to then drop out.
The Phases of Membership

1. The Hang-around: Being a hang-around is the first stage. Most are invited by a club member, a friend or family member who is an OMG biker to an event, possibly at a Hells Angels clubhouse. Other Hells Angels MC members are constantly judging your character. A “hangaround” always shows respect and will never interrupt members when they are talking. To become a “hangaround” without introduction from a existing member is a tough and frustrating process. It helps to have some skill the gang finds useful — generally criminal in nature. If you get noticed, you move up to be an associate.

2. The Associate: The next step up from the Hang-around is the Associate, where you will spend up to a few more years attending events and meeting other members. They will continue to evaluate you.

3. The Prospect: A patch-wearing member of the OMG needs to sponsor a prospect. The gang will generally run a background check including credit checks so the gang can verify a prospect’s identity as thoroughly as possible. Once you are a prospect you are allowed to attend more events, however you will not vote on club matters and there will be some meetings that you are not allowed to attend. The prospect becomes the butt of jokes and is expected to do menial grunt work like cleaning and guarding bikes. The prospect period is designed to make candidates show their loyalty to the club, which often includes committing crimes and participating in violent behavior. Violence is often expected by the gang. The ultimate way for a prospect to prove his loyalty is through murder. It is over this period that the members will determine whether or not they believe that you will be a suitable member.

4. The Fully Patched Member: The final step in the process. You will only reach this stage after a vote, where you must receive a unanimous vote from the other Hells Angels MC members. It is the several years of evaluations during the recruitment process which will determine whether or not you receive the votes required. Full-Patch, or being "patched" refers to the fact that the member now has the right to wear all the sanctioned jacket patches, including the Hells Angel "death head" logo, the words "Hells Angels" on the top patch panel (called a rocker), and the club location on the lower rocker.
Hells Angels members and prospects follow strict club rules that lend to their mystique and give them some security.

If one Hells Angels member is pulled over by police, the entire group traveling with him often will pull over. Hells Angels will never go out together without their "colors" - the winged death's-head patch on the back of their leather vests or jackets.
Members can't talk to the media and can never talk to the public about the club, their codes or about other members. If they go on a ride, the Angels have a particular order. First is the president, then the road captain, and then the sergeant of arms, and the rest of the members and prospects. They pull over together to avoid disrupting the order.
The vest (cut) is sacred. If one of the Angels gets arrested they will want to give that jacket to another member to take it. Protecting the colors applies to accidents and injuries that may require medical personnel to remove a vest or jacket. When a traumatized patient arrives at the hospital, it's common for staff to cut garments off an injured person. Staff members are told not to cut through a Hell's Angels patch.
Members are extremely sensitive to any desecration of their colors.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hunting The Wolf: Where Is Hells Angel David Carroll?

Those looking for him have been coming up empty for a decade and a half. Canadian authorities and Interpol agents alike are entering their fifteenth year in search of infamous Hell’s Angels outlaw biker David (Wolf) MacDonald Carroll, one of the world’s most sought-after fugitives.

Carroll, now 63, has been on the run from the law since 2001 when he was indicted in a Quebec court for drug-dealing, racketeering and murder, alongside his boss and close friend Montreal motor cycle gang kingpin Maurice (Mom) Boucher.

Involved in over a dozen gangland slayings, Carroll was one of Boucher’s primary enforcers and street lieutenants and a member of his Quebec Nomads Hells Angels chapter that exercised unilateral authority in gang affairs throughout Canada in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Maurice (Mom) Boucher

David MacDonald Carroll
Carroll was born and raised in Halifax, and joined a local outlaw biker gang called the 13th Tribe, which eventually became the Hells Angels’ Halifax chapter. He would go on to become president. Personally recruited by Boucher, he came to Montreal in 1995 and was placed in charge of narcotics activity in the Laurentians.

He had a reputation as a capable killer. He became Boucher’s most trusted hit man, taking part in at least 15 murders.

Carroll was arrested and charged in the Lennoxville massacre – but was acquitted by a jury at trial.
The Wolf did a year in jail for running a prostitution ring in Montreal in the mid-1980s. He didn’t intend on going back. When he got word in early 2001 of a major indictment he dissapeared. When heavily-armed police spread out across Quebec in Operation Printemps to arrest dozens, they picked up everyone but David Carroll.

15 years later, they’re still looking for him.
One of his last-known sightings was in Australia in 2012. He’s rumored to be supporting his travels by setting up wholesale drug deals in the countries he’s visited.

Maurice (Mom) Boucher, 62, is serving life for ordering the execution of a pair of prison guards and won’t be eligible for parole until 2027.

The Nomads chapter - August 5, 2000, just months before 'Operation Springtime 2001'. From left to right top: Michel Rose (sentenced to 22 years), Donald (Pup) Stockford (sentenced to 20 years), Gilles (Trooper) Mathieu (sentenced to 20 years), Richard (Dick) Mayrand (sentenced to 22 years), Denis Houle (sentenced to 20 years), David (Wolf) Carroll (yet to be arrested).

From left to right bottom: Walter (Nurget) Stadnick (sentenced to 20 years), René Charlébois (sentenced to 20 years), Normand Robitaille (sentenced to 21 years), Maurice (Mom) Boucher (sentenced to life)
Information obtained by the Journal de Montreal indicates detectives visited David Carroll at his apartment in February 2001 less than two months before the arrest of Maurice "Mom" Boucher. The two officers and Carroll spoke for several hours about different topics, including becoming an informant and his take on incidents during the Biker Wars.

Over 130 members of the Hells Angels as well as Hells sympathizers were arrested across Quebec a month after Carroll's meeting with police.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sureté du Quebec Operation Tarantula (Mygale) nets 60 crooks

The Sûreté du Québec announced March 30th they are involved in worldwide raids targeting contraband tobacco, drug trafficking and money laundering. Police expect to arrest up to 100 people in Quebec and Ontario as they break up an international money laundering ring. In what the Sureté du Quebec is calling Operation Tarantula (Mygale), officers have spent months investigating an organized crime ring spanning North America, South America, and Europe.

Police say biker gangs collaborated with aboriginal criminals to smuggle tobacco and drugs, and to launder money. Raids involving 700 police officers are also taking place north of Montreal, in Ste. Therese and Ste. Marthe sur le lac, in Kahnawake, and in Ontario.
They said the operation is the largest to be conducted in North America.

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

Police confiscated 52,800 kilograms of tobacco, $1.5 million in Canadian cash, $3 million U.S., cocaine, methamphetamines, cannabis and fentanyl. The organization imported more than two million kilograms of tobacco between August 2014 and this month and defrauded authorities of $540 million in revenue.