May 29, 2000
compiled by John William Tuohy
CALIFORNIA: The Federal government had issued indictments against the alleged
leaders of one of Mexico's most violent and powerful drug gangs, the Arellano
Felx cartel. It is also offering a $2 million reward for their capture. The
FBI expects the Brothers to flee north to California shortly. Brothers Ramon
and Benjamin Arellano Felix are charged with operating a smuggling
organization that shipped large quantities of drugs into Southern California.
COLUMBIA: In a massive weekend raid on the Modelo penitentiary in Bogata, police said they discovered a private sauna, a gym, distilleries, radios, cellular phones, computers, drugs and dogs and hundreds of weapons. They also found 511 women in the all-male prison, allegedly prostitutes hired to stay for several days to offer their services to inmates.
GERMANY: German customs made that country's largest cigarette smuggling
arrest when they seized 120 million untaxed cigarettes coming from China. By
German law, the smugglers can be held liable for taxes amounting to $12.4
HUNGRY: In a speech this week, FBI Director Louis Freeh said that six FBI
agents who are working in Hungary to help combat organized crime, are not to
Hungarian sovereignty as the country's main opposition party has charged. The
agents are working closely with the Hungarian National Police to address that
nations enormous organized crime problem.
HOLLYWOOD: The Fox network is planning sitcom for this coming fall season about the Mafia. The show is called "Whacked!".......Also in Hollywood 'Gangs of New York" the $80 million-plus Martin Scorsese drama is set to begin shooting in Rome in August. "Gangs" is set in 19th century New York during the peak of Tammany Hall's political corruption. ........ABC has agreed to adapt the novel "Gangster" into a miniseries. The novel, to be published by Ballantine in February, is the sprawling tale of a brutal crime boss who takes in an orphan with the notion of grooming a protege and heir for his criminal empire. "Gangster" was sold on the basis of a first draft, and made the rounds at studios first as a possible feature......NBC is also planning a series about organized crime which will take place in Miami beach.
JAPAN: Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori denied a report in a tabloid magazine which alleging he was detained by police during a crackdown on brothels in 1958. The article alleged that Mori, then a 20-year-old student at the prestigious Waseda University, was apprehended in a red light district in Tokyo during a sweep against prostitution. The account says that Mori was taken into custody but was never charged. The denial comes as Mori prepares for elections in June.
LIECHTENSTEIN: Police raided homes and made several arrests as part of a probe into money laundering. The homes of twelve persons were raided who are suspected of laundering money for the Russian Mafia or Colombian cocaine cartels.
MASSACHUSETTS: A Norwood, Massachusetts man was convicted by a federal trial jury on money laundering charges. Nabil Sidhom laundered the proceeds of what the US Attorneys office believes were the proceeds of narcotics sale while an employee of American Check Cashing Services. He is charged with wiring $18,000 of purported drug proceeds from Brockton to Miami, Florida. He faces a sentence of 20 years' imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each of the count....also in Massachusetts, a New Bedford Police Detective Sergeant Stephan Greany was sentenced to ten years on conspiracy, extortion, and bribery charges. Greany extorted money and solicited a bribe from a New Bedford cocaine dealer, James Pike. The officer offered to sell police information to Pike in exchange for $5,000. After e got the money from Pike, Greany divulged the identity of an undercover State Police Trooper to whom Pike was selling cocaine. The sentencing judge said "integrity, honesty, public service, honor and pride all describe what police officers hold close to their hearts. Greedy, disrespectful, disloyal and dishonorable can only describe Mr. Greany. To choose a drug dealer over a fellow officer is the lowest of lows."
MISSOURI: A federal grand jury has indicted former Kansas City Chiefs running back Bam Morris and two others on drug and money laundering charges. he is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute at least 220 pounds of marijuana and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Morris, who retired from the Chiefs in 1999, was on probation for a marijuana conviction in Texas. Morris' participation was allegedly financed by former Chiefs kick return specialist Tamarick Vanover. Mr. Vanover had pleaded guilty to his role in selling a stolen car. He was fired by the Chiefs after it was revealed that he admitted to an FBI agent that he gave $40,000 to Morris to buy drugs.
MEXICO: Eleven former members of an elite Mexican police corps called "El
Zorro's" were each sentenced to 50 years in prison for the execution of three
youths in 1997. The six youths disappeared after police raided their
neighborhood as part of a crackdown on organized crime. The raid led to a
shootout between police and gangsters, in which a police officer and two
civilians were killed. .....Also in Mexico, it was decided that three of the
nine bodies of alleged drug-trafficking victims were exhumed from clandestine
graves on a Mexican border ranch, are Americans.
NEW JERSEY: A female juror was dismissed from a trial after she admitted to
having a crush on the defendant, a New York City Policeman accused of tipping
of members of the Luchese crime family about a police informant operating in
their organization. The women reportedly told her book club that she found
officer Vincent Davis "gorgeous," and said that the case bore a resemblance
to "The Sopranos," One of the book club members told another friend, a
prosecutor in the US Attorney's Office in Newark, about the conversation.
Davis had been found guilty in March 1998 of sabotaging a US Customs Service
probe into the Luchese family in which an informant, Richie Sabol, persuaded
Luchese family members to sell stolen cars, guns, and gambling machines from
a Cliffside Park warehouse. But a federal appeals court threw out the
conviction and released him from prison.
OHIO: The Toledo City Council has adopted an ordinance that would require slumlords to live in their neglected properties until they fix them up. The sentenced landlords will be required to wear a wear ankle monitors similar to those worn by prisoners on house arrest.
SAUDI ARABIA: In what is probably the largest execution in this country in the past 20 years, Saudi Arabia beheaded seven Nigerians for taking part in a bank robbery. Three other Nigerians had their right hands and left feet amputated for their role in the robbery. On May 12, the Saudi's executed an Indian heroin smuggler and a Saudi man convicted of raping a shepherd girl.
WASHINGTON DC: The House of Representatives passed House Resolution 3244, the
Trafficking Victims Protection Act, this week. The bill deals with the
growing international sex trafficking industry created by international
WASHINGTON DC: A study released this week by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics found that about 10 percent of inmates tested at local jails tested positive for drug use in June 1998. More than two-thirds of the 712 local jails participating in the study had at least one inmate who tested positive.
Mr. Tuohy can be reached at MobStudy@aol.com
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