Queen of the North: the forgotten story of how a woman more dangerous than Lucky Luciano, ran the first Mexican drug cartel for 50 years

More dangerous than Lucky Luciano Before she packed her bags for the last time and fled her home in Juárez, Mexico in 1973, with the federal police hot on her trail, Ignacia “La Nacha” Jasso had been one of the most powerful and feared gangsters in Mexico for decades, described by American officials as more […]

Malta businessman allegedly laundered €500 billion for ‘Ndrangheta and other Mafia; was preparing to launder €136 billion more

According to prosecutors in Italy, a businessman in Malta and alleged IT specialist, Roberto Recordare, is under investigation for allegedly having laundered €500 billion in proceeds of crime for the ‘Ndrangheta, Cosa Nostra and Camorra Mafia groups and for planning to launder €136 billion more. Approximately €36 billion of the amount laundered was allegedly in […]

Murder, violence and bombs – how the Mafia extorts a whole city

Controlling a whole city It can sometimes be hard to grasp the extent to which the Mafia operates its extortion racket against businesses, and the extent to which it controls so many businesses with threats of bombs, violence and death. An Italian investigating Judge, Francesco Agnino, came across Mafia extortion activities that were so pervasive, […]

Well-known leaders of organized crime welcomed at Montréal area casinos

According to an investigation by a number of journalists with the Journal de Montréal (here), two casinos managed by Loto-Québec, a government agency, laid out the red carpet to well-known organized crime figures associated with the Cosa Nostra Mafia and Hell’s Angels. Stefano Sollecito was VIP gambler Their investigation found that Stefano Sollecito, said to […]

Narco subs, drug cartels and Canada – new threats on the horizon to international security

Narco subs In the last few months, an increasing number of so-called narco subs, also called drug subs, have been intercepted in international waters by law enforcement (“LE“). A narco sub is usually a self-propelled semi-submersible (“SPSS“) used by drug traffickers to transport large quantities of illegal drugs for cartels to an international market. SPSS […]

In ISIS Beatles case, UK Appeal Court rules that complying with some US MLATs to hand over evidence in an investigation is unlawful; relevant for Canada as well

Cruel and unusual punishment Everything I know about the Eighth Amendment and death penalty jurisprudence, I learned from former US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, from whom I had the privilege of studying law during a course on international human rights and constitutional law. US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy, as he was then, was not […]

Mexico’s FIU freezes bank accounts used to launder money of 1,937 suspected CJNG cartel members and their lawyers, while 5 cartels continue turf wars to export fentanyl to US and Canada

Mexico’s financial intelligence unit, working with the DEA, yesterday announced that it had frozen the bank accounts of 1,770 men and women and 167 companies believed to be tied to, or working for, the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (“CJNG“), believed to have been used to launder approximately US$1.1 billion in proceeds of crime from the […]

Narcos Canada: Canadian banks & professions deal with significant proceeds of crime from narco trafficking and serious crimes; Canada listed again as “major money laundering country”; plus 10 money laundering areas of concern identified by the US for Canada

Canada still on the Majors List Canada made it on the “Majors List” in the annual US State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (“INCSR“) again this year. The Majors List is three lists and it designates countries that are (1) “Major Illicit Drug Producing and Drug Transit Countries”; (2) “Major Precursor Chemical Source Countries”; […]

Drug kingpin César Emilio Peralta (César el Abusador) arrested in Colombia on anniversary of Escobar’s death

César Emilio Peralta, also known as César the abuser, an OFAC designated drug kingpin from the Dominican Republic, was arrested in a rented condo in a hotel in the upscale Bocagrande District of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Police say he was getting ready to flee to Panama. Peralta is wanted on charges of international narcotics […]

Interpol holds emergency meeting over Ndrangheta

Interpol convened an emergency meeting a few weeks ago during its annual congress in Chile, to address information about how the Ndrangheta became the world’s largest and most powerful transnational criminal organization, and address strategies to counter their continued position of power. With operations in 30 countries, and its controlling families in Toronto, the Ndrangheta […]