PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and JANICE K. FEDARCYK, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), announced the extradition of ALMIR RRAPO from Albania for his involvement in the "Krasniqi" racketeering enterprise that engaged in murder, kidnapping, narcotics trafficking, extortion, robbery, arson, obstruction of justice, and interstate transportation of stolen vehicles.
RRAPO was arrested by the Albanian National Police on July 2, 2010, at the request of the United States. At the time of his arrest, RRAPO was employed as the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister of Albania.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA said: "Shortly after ALMIR RRAPO allegedly participated in the brutal murder of Erion Shehu, RRAPO fled to Albania in an effort to escape the American criminal justice system. With the assistance of our international law enforcement partners, we will continue to ensure that individuals involved in international organized crime face justice in the United States, wherever they may be hiding."
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge JANICE K. FEDARCYK said: "Today's cooperation in the extradition of Almir Rrapo should be a stern message to the murderers, kidnappers, and drug dealers who try to flee prosecution: you can run, but you cannot hide. The FBI will continue to track down these hardened criminals wherever they may be. I am thankful for the cooperation of the Albanian National Police and for all of our law enforcement partners across the globe who work tirelessly to put criminals behind bars, where they belong."
According to the 13-count superseding Indictment and other court documents:
ALMIR RRAPO participated in a racketeering enterprise (the "Krasniqi Organization") led by brothers BRUNO KRASNIQI and SAIMIR KRASNIQI, which operated in New York, Michigan, Connecticut, and elsewhere. The Krasniqi Organization sought to enrich its members through various criminal schemes, including the trafficking of more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana, and used firearms and violence to protect its power and territory, as well as to instill fear among rival drug dealers and victims.
For example, RRAPO and other members of the Krasniqi Organization kidnapped a rival drug dealer at gunpoint, pistol-whipped him, and placed the muzzle of a firearm in his mouth, threatening to kill him if he did not disclose the locations of other members of his narcotics crew. RRAPO and other members of the Krasniqi Organization also murdered ERION SHEHU in a drive by-shooting outside a Queens NY café as a result of the Krasniqi Organization's ongoing turf battle with that other narcotics crew.
RRAPO and other members are charged with homicides, kidnapping, conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, drug robbery, extortion, firearms possession and use, and obstruction of justice, among other offenses.
Albanian Mafia fueling Al Qaeda terrorist activity in US: Alleged ties to Al-Qaeda, the Albanian Mafia, one of the most powerful criminal organizations in the United States and Europe stretches throughout the United States, Canada, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia. The FBI believes largely that the Albanian Mafia could be involved in “terrorist financing,” adding more specifically, “ties to organizations suspected of involvement in terrorist financing, (the international stolen car racket).”
Even more so, support of Al Qaeda prove notable in the following: Yossef Bodansky, former Director of House Task Force on Terrorism, committed to saying, “The Albanian mob will not commit acts of terrorism…but will aid Al Qaeda..The role of the Albanian Mafia-tightly connected to the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA a declared terrorist organization) is laundering money, providing technology, safe houses and other support to terrorists within this country.”
Kosovo was marked as a potential recruiting ground for Islamic extremists. The large numbers of young Muslims living in abject poverty in Kosovo plays ideally into the hands of terrorist recruiters. Al-Qaeda is extremely interested in the region because the Muslim families are large and teenagers make up half of Kosovo’s population, making Kosovo a prime reservoir for the recruitment of young Mujahedeen.
Al-Qaeda assassins of Ahmed Shah Massoud possessed passports doctored by the Albanian Mafia. The assassination of Massoud is considered to have a strong connection to the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil. Massoud had warned against a potential terrorist attack in his speech to the European Parliament several months earlier.
SEE MY PRIOR POST; ALBANIAN MAFIA “KRASNIQI CREW” RUN BY BRUNO AND SAMIR KRASNIQI BUSTED IN QUEENS AND STATEN ISLAND BY JOINT FBI-NYPD, 3 CREW MEMBERS ON THE RUN, UPDATE…DUKAGIN NIKOLLAJ ADDED TO BOLO.
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 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.
UPDATE; BOLO “LENTI”, ALBANIAN MUSLIM MAFIA RUNS INTERNATIONAL STOLEN CAR RACKET THAT FUNDS TERRORISM OUT OF NY & NJ DOCKS TO DUBAI UAE FOR RESALE. The Albanian mafia that runs the largest criminal gangs in London has ties to the Bulgarian mafia, according to The London Daily News.
In a report Monday the London newspaper revealed that the Drenica group whose main profit is drugs, weapons, stolen automobiles, white slavery, cigarettes and alcohol has links with the Albanian, Macedonian, Bulgarian and Czech mafias.
In an under cover investigation into criminal gangs operating in north London Albanians who fought in the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army) during the bloody Balkans conflict against Serbia, now have now established themselves as formidable figures in the London’s underworld.
The Albanian Mafia rule in New York City is so well known and wide open that the recent “Grand Theft Auto IV” and Grand Theft Auto WIKI games are patterned on their violence….the Albanian mob appears as the main antagonist, shipping stolen cars back to Europe without Petrovic’s permission, retrieved from “http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/Albanians“
In Italy, Albanian organized crime gangs appear to control the car trafficking market. One method they employ is to deliberately drive into a car and then when the driver stops to assess the damage to his vehicle, they take the car by force. The cars are then exported to Tirana. A car stolen in central Italy in the morning can be in Albania with its new owner that same evening, Interpol Report.
Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM