Russian mobsters trafficked 10000 pounds of chocolate

Russian mobsters trafficked 10000 pounds of chocolate

Russian mobsters trafficked 10000 pounds of chocolate

United States law enforcement agencies on Wednesday unsealed charges against a large-scale Russian criminal syndicate, laying charges against 33 individuals with some pretty startling sidelines.

Shulaya was referred to in the indictment as a "vor v zakonei" or "vor", which were Russian phrases that roughly translate to "thief-in-law" and refer to "an order of elite criminals from the former Soviet Union". The statement said most of the crews were based in NY, but that the "Shulaya Enterprise" also had operations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and Nevada.

Federal authorities arrested more than two dozen alleged members of a Russian gang involved in robbing, racketeering, narcotics and other crimes, including even stealing chocolate, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

The indictment is apparently one of the first federal racketeering charges brought against a Russian 'vor, ' or mob boss-in this case, Shulaya. Most of the organization's members were born in the former Soviet Union and maintain ties to Ukraine, Georgia, and the Russian Federation.

"The suspects in this case cast a wide net of criminal activity, aiming to make as much money as possible", FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney said.

Suspects could also be charged for their attempts to operate an illegal poker business in Brighton Beach, defraud casinos with a hacking device that predicted the behavior of slot machines, and stealing shipments from cargo ships. In April, two of the defendants allegedly executed the scheme, making over $1,000 by manipulating the machines.

The Justice Department said that the Shulaya Enterprise comprised groups of individuals, often with overlapping members or associates, dedicated to particular criminal tasks.

Shulaya and Zurab Dzhanashvili, 37, of Brooklyn, were the leaders of the enterprise, according to court documents.

If convicted, some defendants could face up to 40 years in prison, according to the complaint.

Police are still searching for the other accused men.

The Justice Department said it had taken most of those charged into federal custody, but five were still at large.

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