Sixteen Members of International Organized Crime Group Charged with Kidnapping, Narcotics,... 06.08.10, 06:35 PM EDT
"A violent Albanian drug gang was broken up Tuesday with the arrests of more than a dozen players in New York, Connecticut and Canada, officials said. The gang, known as the Krasniqi crew, was based in Queens and Staten Island and trafficked marijuana throughout New York, Michigan and Connecticut, according to two indictments unsealed Tuesday."
NEW YORK, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sixteen defendants were charged today with various counts of kidnapping in aid of a racketeering enterprise, narcotics trafficking, robbery and firearms possession, announced Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Acting Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the FBI, and Raymond W. Kelly, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York.
Bruno Krasniqi, Saimir Krasniqi, Elton Sejdaris, Erkliant Sula, Skender Cakoni, aka "Neri," Gjovalin Berisha, aka "Cuz," Nazih Nasser, aka "Naz," Plaurent Cela, and Gentian Nikolli, aka "Genti," were arrested this morning at their respective homes in New York by members of the Joint Organized Crime Task Force, which includes agents of the FBI and detectives of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Shkelzen Balidemaj was arrested this morning in his home in Branford, Conn. Gentian Cara, Marjan Tamali and Joanna Pakulski, each residents of Canada, were arrested this morning by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police based on requests for their provisional arrest in connection with the Indictments.
THREE DEFENDANTS REMAIN AT LARGE AND ARE WANTED BY THE FBI, SEE THIER POSTERS BELOW. The defendants arrested in New York and Connecticut are expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan this afternoon.
1). ALBANIAN MAFIA MEMBER GAZMIR GJOKA.
2). ALBANIAN MAFIA MEMBER KUJTIM LIKA.
3). ALBANIAN MAFIA MEMBER MIKE DIKA.
As alleged in the indictments unsealed today in Manhattan federal court:
Bruno Krasniqi, Saimir Krasniqi, Elton Sejdaris and others participated in a racketeering enterprise (hereinafter, the Krasniqi Organization) that was engaged in kidnapping, narcotics trafficking, extortion, robbery and the interstate transportation of stolen goods.
The Krasniqi Organization was led by brothers Bruno Krasniqi and Saimir Krasniqi, and operated in New York, Michigan and Connecticut, among other locations. The Krasniqi Organization sought to enrich its members through various criminal schemes, including the trafficking of marijuana and used firearms and threats of violence to protect its power and territory, as well as to instill fear among rival drug dealers and victims.
In total, the Krasniqi Organization and their co-conspirators - specifically, Bruno Krasniqi, Saimir Krasniqi, Erkliant Sula, Skender Cakoni, Gjovalin Berisha, Nazih Nasser, Gentian Nikolli, Shkelzen Balidemaj, Plaurent Cela, Gentian Cara, Marjan Tamali and Joanna Pakulski - are charged with having trafficked and distributed more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, from 2003 through 2007.
Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM