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Individual selfhood is expressed in the self's capacity for self-transcendence and not in its rational capacity for conceptual and analytic procedures." Reinhold Neibuhr - Theologian/Author of the "Serenity Prayer"
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MEMBERS of a small-town motorcycle club linked to the Hells Angels have failed in their appeal to retrieve their confiscated guns. A decision was handed down today by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal upholding a decision to cancel four Tramps bikies’ gun licences because of their membership and social associations with other gangs. The verdict comes almost a year after nine current and former members of the Tramps MC fronted the Firearms Appeal Committee, one of which is a mobile butcher, arguing that Victoria Police had no right cancel their licences. Club head Ronald Harding, who took leave to withdraw, butcher Michael Oxenham, Malcolm Dinsdale and David Windsor are now considering appealing the decision to the appeal court of the Victorian Supreme Court. In August 2012, Chief Commissioner Ken Lay made a controversial decision to seize more than 100 registered guns from members of “outlaw’’ bikie gangs across the state. The VCAT appeal, taken on by four Tramps members, was seen as a test case for other “outlaw’ bikie members who also had their gun licences cancelled. The guns were seized under the test to whether the licence holder was a “fit and proper’’ person.
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Spanish police have arrested a Colombian drug boss dubbed ‘The Mouse’, the alleged leader of a major cocaine smuggling gang accused of 400 killings, officials said on Saturday. Officers arrested the 40-year-old, whose real name is reportedly Hernan Alonso Villa, in the eastern seaside city of Alicante on Friday, according to a police statement. He is considered ‘the top leader of the military wing of the Oficina de Envigado, a Colombian criminal organisation accused of 400 killings as well as drug-trafficking, extorsion and forced displacements of Colombian citizens’, it said. ‘He is one of the criminals most wanted by the Colombian authorities. He had more than 200 people under his command and was responsible for exporting cocaine to Spain, the United States and Holland,’ the statement said. Spanish officers arrested him under a Colombian extradition warrant for charges including alleged homicide and arms offences. He was carrying 40,000 euros ($54,000) in cash when he was caught, the statement said. Authorities say the ‘Oficina’ gang dates back to the 1980s when it carried out killings for the now-dismantled Medellin Cartel. Spain is one of the main entry points for illegal narcotics into Europe and Colombia is one of the world’s biggest sources of cocaine. Colombia produced 290 tonnes of cocaine in 2013, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
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Police in Madrid have arrested William Thomas Robert Paterson, wanted over the murder of a gangland enforcer in a car park in Scotland.
Paterson, nicknamed Buff and Billy, was wanted over the 2010 death of Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll in a supermarket car park in Glasgow. The 34-year-old fled to Spain after that crime where he remained in hiding until his arrest, Spain's El Diario newspaper reported on Thursday. Paterson appeared on a ten most wanted crime list released by the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency and Crimestoppers as part of a campaign known as Operation Captura. This campaign targets criminals that UK authorities believe are on the run in Spain.
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Two alleged gang members were charged with murder and attempted murder and a third was charged with being an accessory in a shooting near Santa Monica College on Tuesday that left one man dead and another hospitalized, according to the District Attorney's Office. Christopher Chonan Osumi, 19, and Meliton Lorenzo Lopez, 23, were charged with one count each of murder and attempted murder with gang allegations and could face up to life in prison if convicted. Noah Jason Farris, 32, was charged with being an accessory and faces up to seven years in prison, according to a statement released by the D.A.'s office. Osumi pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Thursday afternoon. The arraignments for Lopez and Farris were continued to a later date, said Jean Guccione, a spokesperson for the D.A. Osumi is alleged to have shot two men multiple times with a handgun around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue. One of the victims, 29-year-old Santa Monica resident Gil Verastegui, died from his wounds. The other victim remains in the hospital. Bail was set at $3 million each for Osumi and Lopez and $500,000 for Farris. The next court date for all three is June 20 in Department 144 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Airport Branch. Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes with the Hardcore Gang Division is prosecuting, according to a statement from the D.A.'s office.
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The leaders of a street gang on Chicago’s West Side gang, accused of ruthlessly enforcing a “no-snitch” code and shooting two Chicago police officers in the head in 2011, were arrested Thursday in a massive roundup under a new state racketeering law. The Black Souls are accused of at least six murders, kidnapping, gun-running and drug dealing. The investigation, called Operation 40 Cal, began in October after the gang allegedly killed a West Side man who complained to the police about illegal activity on his block. Authorities said the gang is among the most difficult to infiltrate because the leaders use murders to keep witnesses from testifying against them.
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Twenty members of the 3-N-G gang based in the Hoffman Triangle are responsible for at least 10 murders since 2008 — including the killing of 2-year-old Keira Holmes in the B.W. Cooper housing complex in December 2011, according to an indictment charging them all in a racketeering plot to distribute illegal drugs, authorities said. The gang, which takes its name from the corner of Third and Galvez streets where it focused its activities, also includes an alleged member named McCoy Walker, who boasted about committing the December 2010 double murder in New Orleans East that killed popular female rapper “Magnolia Shorty,” the indictment states.
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It was a gruesome scene out of Arizona where five bodies were found burned in an SUV. Fox News’ Casey Stegall reported that in investigators are saying the bodies were scorched so badly that they could not identify the gender or ethnicity. This part of Arizona sits between Phoenix and the border of Mexico, making it a smuggling area for cartels, and now investigators are looking into whether this incident was cartel-related.
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Illegal aliens are being allowed to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). “The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms,” NBPC’s Local 2455 Spokesman, Hector Garza, told Breitbart Texas.
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Mara Salvatrucha—or MS-13. Gang members left graffiti on the walls of the Nogales (Arizona) Border Patrol processing center, which suggested they had ties to the organization, Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich reported earlier this week. She discussed the alarming report this morning on America's Newsroom, explaining that some of the "unaccompanied minors" are actually teenage MS-13 or drug cartel members. According to current law, the Border Patrol cannot immediately send the teens back because they're under 18. "They're now using the Nogales processing center as a recruitment hub for new members to come in. They're trying to recruit other teenage boys that are sharing cells with them and they're using the phones that the Red Cross has set up. They're supposed to be using those to call back home or to call family members in the United States. They're also using those as a way to communicate with gang members already in U.S. cities," she said. Pavlich said the Border Patrol's hands are tied because they cannot separate the gang members from other children. She said according to her sources, these MS-13 members are scheduled for placement somewhere in the United States, adding that I.C.E policy has been to release illegal immigrants with a notice to appear at a hearing at a later date. Watch the full segment above and read Katie's newest report on this at TownHall.com. Later on Happening Now, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said MS-13 gang members are also coming into Texas. "This is very, very dangerous," said Abbott, arguing that President Obama "is causing imminent harm and danger to the people of this country."
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MS-13 gang members are said to be crossing into the U.S. amongst the massive influx of children from Central America. The notoriously violent Mara Salvatrucha gang has origins in Central America and their members are active in cities across the United States.
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A suspected arsonist burned himself during a bungled gang attack on a Liverpool pub. Four masked men entered Taff’s Tavern in Derby Lane, Old Swan shortly before 10.30pm on Friday, while staff were still serving customers. One of the gang poured flammable liquid on the floor of the bar area before setting it alight and they fled the scene. None of the staff, customers or residents living in the flats above the pub were injured in the fire. But a man with burns was found a short distance away by paramedics.
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Key members of Liverpool’s notorious Fitzgibbon crime family today faced lengthy jail terms over an international plot to flood Merseyside with super-strength heroin. Drug lords Jason and Ian Fitzgibbon were behind a lucrative plan to import 57kg of the class A drug from Turkey. But their scheme was foiled after Turkish police smashed a drugs racket in Istanbul – with the trail leading back to Liverpool. Jason, 40, and Ian, 39, appeared at Manchester crown court for sentencing, along with their mum Christine, 52, who admitted laundering drug cash found hidden in her Mossley Hill home.
Ian also admitted an £800k plot to flood Merseyside with 168,000 ecstasy tablets. Paul Mitchell, prosecuting, said: "The drug dealing involved huge quantities of both heroin and Ecstasy. "It involved the importation of multi kilogram quantities of the drugs into this country and then the onward supply of those drugs.
The scope of the enterprise was truly breathtaking. " Those involved had established criminal networks not only in the United Kingdom but in foreign countries including Turkey, from where they were obtaining massive quantities of heroin. "Huge quantities of money were generated by this activity and substantial sums were discovered secreted by the criminal group when their homes were searched. There is also evidence of criminal money being moved around the country by the group as well as being sent abroad by them." The court this morning heard that the 60%-pure heroin would have cost around 300,000 euros to buy wholesale from Turkey but generate almost £7m at street value.
Intelligence from England to the Turkish gendarmerie stopped the deal in its tracks and on September 26, 2011, five local drug traffickers were rounded up. In the boot of a car officers discovered 114 half kilo packs of heroin wrapped in brown tape. Fitzgibbon and his sidekick Danny Smith were booked to fly from Manchester to Zurich and then on to Istanbul. A return by the same route was booked and paid for – but neither man returned on that flight. Instead, Fitzgibbon bought a return flight on Turkish Airlines at the airport on July 10, paying cash.
The court heard how there were two Western Union money transfers sent from Liverpool to one of the Turks later caught red handed with the heroin. The aftermath of the failed drug deal in Turkey was recorded in part by a covert listening device. On October 6, Ian Fitzgibbon was recorded remarking: “That’s the story of Jason’s life, that Turkey thing. Three hundred quid…three hundred quid they owe us.” Police say ‘quid’ was a codeword for ‘thousand’, and 300,000 euros was the wholesale cost of the heroin.
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A convicted killer and purported member of the Ghost Riders motorcycle gang is facing federal gun charges following a raid on the outlaw club’s Spanaway clubhouse. Karl “King Karl” Twilleager is accused of having six firearms – including a sawed-off shotgun – nearby when agents armed with a search warrant raided the Spanaway home early Thursday. Twilleager, 66, was previously convicted of murder and drug crimes, and is not legally able to have access to guns.
Members of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives taskforce arrived at the 203rd Street Court East home at 6 a.m. and found Twilleager and two others inside. According to a taskforce member affidavit, agents found books, hats and posters associated with the Ghost Riders, as well as Twilleager’s “colors” – a leather vest bearing patches associated with the gang. Inside an outbuilding described as the Ghost Riders clubhouse, agents recovered a small amount of methamphetamine in a bag next to Twilleager’s credit cards and ID, the task force officer said in court papers. Also seized were two handguns, a rifle and a shortened shotgun without a serial number.
Twilleager was arrested at the scene and was charged later Thursday with unlawful gun possession. He remained jailed following an initial appearance at the federal courthouse in Tacoma. According to charging papers, Twilleager was previously convicted of second-degree murder in a 1993 killing in Grant County and was sentenced to 12 years in state prison. Prior to that, Twilleager served time in Oregon for drug possession.
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Toronto’s latest gang sweep, albeit one with an unprecedented twist, will now move into its next, predictable phase, if history is any guide. On Friday, a team of seven guns-and-gangs prosecutors assigned to Project Traveller were efficiently dealing with a list of about 35 defendants, moving quickly to consent to the release of people facing less serious charges and scheduling bail hearings for those in custody facing gangland, firearm and drug trafficking charges. Those hearings are expected to run until the end of June. While family members are anxious for bail hearings to take place, some lawyers think it is better to wait a few weeks until the glare of publicity dies down. “This is a crisis-type atmosphere which does not serve the interests of the accused in obtaining bail,” defence lawyer Dirk Derstine said Friday in the Finch Ave. W. courtroom where Project Traveller has landed. “My experience is it’s better to wait for the crisis to dissipate to get the fairest hearing.” But Nathan Gorham, the lawyer for Muhammad Khattak, says he’s working toward a quick bail review “because my client is seriously injured and needs medical attention, he has no criminal record, and there are significant questions about the strength of the allegations at this point in time.”
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The Ottawa police guns and gangs unit is asking for the public's help to solve three shootings in Ottawa in 12 hours. In the most recent case, a woman who was sleeping at her home on Ritchie Street woke up to a loud bang at about 4:30 a.m. Friday. She thought something had fallen and didn't call 911, police said. But later in the morning, as she was taking her children out to school, she found a bullet-sized hole in her window and called police. When officers arrived they traced the possible trajectory of the bullet and found it lodged in an adjacent wall. The guns and gangs unit has no witnesses and is urging anyone with information to come forward. Man shot twice in arm 3 hours earlier About three hours earlier, a man was seriously hurt after being shot in the arm twice during an incident in Lowertown, police say. Police were called to the 200-block of Friel Street, near Rideau Street, at about 1:30 a.m. after reports of shots being fired. The man who was shot was driving a car at the time and managed to drive to the corner of Rideau and Charlotte Street a few blocks away, where he caught up with police. He was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. An "associate" of the man, who was there at the time, wasn't hurt, police said in a news release. No suspect was arrested in connection with the shooting later Friday morning, but the victim and his associate are facing several drug charges related to marijuana possession, police said. Their names are not being released. Bayshore shooting in broad daylight The first shooting happened Thursday in a parking lot at the Bayshore Shopping Centre in broad daylight. Police were called to the parking lot at about 4:40 p.m. after 911 callers reported shots being fired. Witnesses told police that a black car, possibly a Mercedes, was seen fleeing the area at high speed, and that the car then slowed down to let a man out. That man then ran away, police said. No evidence was recovered from the scene and police have few witnesses. Officers are now searching for two possible suspects in connection with the case.
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Brian McConville , from Dublin, was detained on a European Arrest Warrant in Germany. The 29-year-old was named as a suspect in a Spanish police appeal two months after Londoner Paul Feathers was stabbed to death at his flat in Benalmadena on April 21, 2010. Mr Feathers (32) was attacked after getting into an argument with two men he let into his flat in Benalmadena. Mr McConville will appear at a court in Benalmadena after being extradited from Germany. Mr Feathers's killing is understood to have been drug related.
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Jujhur Khun-Khun has been a wanted man on two fronts for years.
Police have nabbed the 25-year-old Surrey man on a number of charges that culminated in a first-degree murder charge announced Monday in connection with the shooting death of Jonathan Bacon.
Rivals have twice attempted to kill Khun-Khun, and his fiancé died under mysterious circumstances.
On Sept. 16, 2011, Khun-Khun and Sukh Dhak, the highest-ranking members of the Dhak-Duhre group, were shot at in Surrey in the 10100-block 144th Avenue as they left a birthday party.
Khun-Khun was shot 10 times — once through the heart — and survived, thanks to a combat-trained surgeon who had just returned from Afghanistan. Dhak escaped on foot uninjured.
On Jan. 15, 2013, Khun-Khun once again survived as he and Dhak associate Manjinder Hairan were shot in Surrey in the 12600-block 112B Avenue
Khun-Khun was shot several times but escaped death a second time. He managed to drive himself to hospital. Hairan died at the scene.
Police have been busy with Khun-Khun as well.
In October 2007 he was handed a 18-month suspended sentence on three counts of fraud and possession/use of a stolen credit card.
An intriguing mystery also occurred in October 2007, when his fiancé, Sukhvir Kaur Grewal, 19, allegedly fell to her death from a truck Khun-Khun was driving.
Khun-Khun is recovering from his latest brush with death January 15, and now faces a first-degree murder charge.
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Bacon, a Red Scorpion gang member, was gunned down in a Porsche SUV outside of the Delta Okanagan resort alongside three other passengers.
Two of Bacon’s associates, Hells Angel Larry Amero and Independent Soldier James Riach, were wounded in the shootout, as was Leah Hadden-Watts, then 21, who was shot in the neck and left paralyzed.
Police say Bacon, Amaro and Riach were in Kelowna that weekend as part of crime alliance dubbed the “Wolf Pack.”
Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun, 25, Jason Thomas McBride, 37, and Michael Kerry Hunter Jones, 25, are now charged with first-degree murder. Each are also charged with four counts of attempted murder in the incident.
The announcement was made by members of B.C.'s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit at a press conference in Delta, B.C.
Khun-Khun is well known to police, and was the target of a gangland shooting in 2011. He was critically injured in a Surrey shooting as he picked up a gangster from their Surrey home. Khun-Khun was shot again last month, in an incident that saw gangster Manjinder Singh Hairan executed, police added.
The three accused were arrested last week in simultaneous raids across Canada. Khun-Khun was picked up at his home in Surrey, McBride was arrested in Toronto and Jones was arrested in Vancouver.
Sgt. Lindsay Houghton, spokesperson for the CFSEU, said more than 100 police officers contributed to the 18-month investigation, dubbed “E-Nitrogen.”
Houghton said all of the men charged are linked to the late gangster Sukh Dhak, 28, a member of the Duhre crime group who was killed in a targeted attack with his bodyguard Thomas Mantel, 30, in Nov. 2012. Before his death police regularly warned that Dhak, who was on trial for drug trafficking, could be targeted by rivals following the fatal shooting of his brother outside of Metrotown Mall in 2010.
Duhre gang leader Sandip Duhre was gunned down in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Vancouver on Jan. 16, 2012.
Monday’s arrests could usher in another spat of retaliation gun violence, said CFSEY Supt. Dan Malo.
“Whenever we disrupt the regular organized crime activities of these violent individuals there’s always some flow that comes from that, and we need to with our police intelligence community pay particular attention to that,” Malo said.
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new book on the notorious Boston gangster, James 'Whitey' Bulger, details his meetings with the Provisional IRA in setting up the arms smuggling deal which led to the arrest of Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris in 1984.
The book is written by Boston Globe journalists Shelley Murphy and Kevin Cullen. Cullen, former crime correspondent for the newspaper, reported on Bulger and his gang for decades and had his life threatened by both Bulger and the corrupt FBI agent, John Connolly, now serving 40 years for involvement in three of the reputed 19 murders carried out by Bulger and his gang. Bulger, who was arrested in California in June 2011, faces trial in June on 19 murder and other charges.
Bulger is the model for the gangster Frank Costello played by Jack Nicholson in the film The Departed. The Hollywood Reporter last week said that Johnny Depp is now tipped to play Bulger in a new film by director Barry Levinson.
The Boston reporters' book contains previously unpublished material about Bulger including material about how he was approached by the Provisional IRA to supply weapons even though they were aware he was a gangster and heavily involved in the importation of drugs. It states that prior to becoming an FBI "informant", Bulger had no dealings with the IRA.
It says: "The truth was that on the night Whitey signed on as an informant there was very little he could have given (FBI agent John) Connolly on the IRA. Up to that point, he had merely donated relatively small amounts of money to Irish Northern Aid, or Noraid, the IRA's main support group in the United States.
"But now that he had the FBI in his pocket, his involvement quickly intensified. It became more than giving cash, it became a hands-on thing. Whitey first sent a small consignment of weapons to the IRA, then prevailed upon a friendly FBI agent to acquire C4 explosives for the IRA, according to Steve Flemmi (Bulger's associate who testified against him). Finally, in 1984, Whitey sanctioned and helped organise the biggest-ever shipment of weapons from the US to the IRA. He considered the mission his crowning achievement, an interlude of honour in his long criminal career. It was an audacious project, but one that was doomed to failure because of that bane of Irish revolutionaries, the informer."
As the book explains, gardai were tipped off about the shipment by their most senior informant inside the IRA, Sean O'Callaghan from Kerry. The book describes Bulger's meetings with Joe Cahill who held the twin posts of head of finance for the IRA and Sinn Fein, and who died in 2004.
It reads: "Cahill was accustomed to doing business in bar-rooms, but his haunts were usually in his native West Belfast, not South Boston.
"Still, there was a war on, and Joe Cahill would go anywhere to get weapons for the Irish Republican Army. So there he was, in the private room on the second floor of Triple O's, Whitey Bulger's redoubt on West Broadway. Cahill eyed the Irish tricolour strung across the bare brick wall with an approving nod.
"His short stature, thick eyeglasses and retiring, grandfatherly manner belied a certain ruthlessness that fit in with the men grouped around him at Triple O's. There was Whitey, whose reputation preceded him. There was Pat Nee, the Irish-born Mullen gang survivor who had gone from hunting Whitey to hunting others with him. And there was Joe Murray, Whitey's newest associate, the biggest marijuana trafficker in town."
It adds: "The IRA's association with Murray, the marijuana and cocaine importer, was even more astonishing. If Murray had sold drugs in Belfast the way he did in Boston, his friends in the IRA would have felt duty bound to shoot him; they viewed drug dealers, and their customers as more vulnerable to a squeeze by police and thus more likely to become informers.
"Whitey shared the IRA's reservations. The only thing he liked about drug dealers was the large amounts of cash he could extort from them. He had only recently hooked up with Murray. After learning that Murray had used a warehouse in Southie to store a boatload of marijuana."
The book says the IRA was told to send Cahill to Canada during the winter, so that the trips coincided with dates when the Boston Bruins hockey team was playing in Montreal. "IRA sympathisers in Charlestown and Southie then chartered a bus to bring Bruins' fans to the games. Cahill usually travelled with three companions, so four Boston hockey fans were induced to stay a few extra days in Canada."
Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice, by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, is published in the United States by WW Norton