Russian crime syndicate charged with stealing 10000 pounds of chocolate

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Sebastian Duda No Comments Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 12:00 PM Attack that wiped out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production came from Iran, US official says By Business Insider Jun 11th 2017, 12:00 PM 16,360 Views File photo Image: Shutterstock/Sebastian Duda THIRTY THREE SUSPECTED members of an organised Russian crime syndicate have been arrested in New York on suspicion of various crimes.These include robbery, murder-for-hire conspiracy, firearms offences — and stealing 10,000 pounds of chocolate confectionery.“Today, we have charged 33 members and associates of a Russian organised crime syndicate allegedly engaging a panoply of crimes around the country,” Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim said in statement released during the week.“The dizzying array of criminal schemes committed by this organised crime syndicate allegedly include … a plot to rob victims by seducing and drugging them with chloroform,” the statement continued.According to the Southern District of New York’s State Attorney’s office, charges include:Theft of cargo shipments, including approximately 10,000 pounds of chocolateHaving females seduce men, incapacitate them with gas and then rob themSelling untaxed cigarettesScheming to pay bribes for law-enforcement officialsOperating illegal poker businesses and extorting gamblers who became indebted to themPlans to defraud casinos in Atlantic City and Philadelphia by using electronics that could predict the behaviour of slot machinesThe defendants are allegedly directly associated with the Shulaya Enterprise, an organised criminal group operating under the protection and direction of a ‘vor’ or ‘thief-in-law’‘Vor’ refers to the high-ranking criminals from the former Soviet Union who were respected in the criminal underworld. They were offered tributes from other criminal organisations and used their status to adjudicate disputes amongst other junior-level criminals, the State Attorney’s office said.The racketeering charges are considered to be one of the first of a federal nature to be brought against a vor.“The thief-in-law allegedly established an extensive cross-country criminal enterprise from Brighton Beach to Las Vegas,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said. “Thanks to all whose work resulted in the arrest and indictment of 33 today.”Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. – David Choi/Business Insider Read: Mother of woman accused of leaking info fears Trump will ‘make an example of her’Read: Explosive device thrown into US embassy grounds in Kievcenter_img Russian crime syndicate charged with stealing 10,000 pounds of chocolate Members of the syndicate have also been charged with robbery, murder-for-hire conspiracy and firearms offences. ‘He’s a businessman’: One of Hong Kong’s most prominent activists is urging Trump to back the pro-democracy movement and prevent a ‘nightmare’ for the world economy Trump says US is ‘locked and loaded’ in response to attack on Saudi oil supply Share Tweet Email3 Short URL 46-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri appears to tease an imminent retirement after missing 2 extra points on Sunday Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photolast_img

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