A Mister Softee driver who dished up pot and cocaine along with the ice cream was busted in his truck outside a Queens school yesterday, police said.

For certain customers, Jermaine Jordan, 26, of St. Albans, would double-cup his cold concoctions – tucking the drugs neatly between the two containers and giving new meaning to the term coke float, authorities said.

“People would approach and place their order,” a police source said. “The bottom of their cup would contain their purchase, either cocaine or marijuana.”

Jordan was arrested as he made his usual stop in front of Intermediate School 8 in South Jamaica – just as kids were being dismissed from summer camp, police said.

Parents outside IS 8 said they were disgusted by the alleged drug-dealing – especially since the suspect is a man they had come to know from his three years of driving the ice-cream truck.

“We trusted this guy. We send kids out there every day. I feel betrayed,” said Donald Williams, 53, who regularly gave money to his granddaughter for ice cream.

“I been here for 40 years and ain’t never would’ve thought Mister Softee was dealing drugs. Not Mister Softee.”………....READ FULL STORY


October 25, 2008


Gaetano Badalamenti, the Sicilian crime boss who was convicted in an epic Mafia trial in the 1980’s of being the ringleader of a sophisticated operation that smuggled heroin and cocaine into the United States, has died, a Justice Department spokesman said. He was 80, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons Web site.

Mr. Badalamenti, who came from Cinisi, Sicily, was sentenced to 45 years in prison in 1987 as one of the masterminds of a drug ring known as the Pizza Connection. The ring imported $1.65 billion in heroin from Southwest Asia to the United States and distributed it through pizza parlors in New York and across the country.

Federal investigators often referred to Mr. Badalamenti as the former ”boss of bosses” of the Sicilian Mafia. He fled Sicily in the 1970’s after losing a local mob war. He later lived in Brazil.

He was arrested in Madrid in 1984 and extradited to the United States.

Mr. Badalamenti was at the center of the ring that investigators said brought $1.65 billion in heroin to the United States over five years, ending in 1984. Using money laundered in New York and Switzerland, Mr. Badalamenti bought the drugs and exported them to the United States through associates in the Midwest. They were distributed by members of the Bonanno crime family……..READ FULL STORY http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE5D9133DF930A35756C0A9629C8B63

Law enforcement officials from Seattle to Miami are grappling with the spread of sophisticated indoor marijuana farms, often run by ethnic gangs, that produce hundreds of pounds each year.

“You can go into any neighborhood, the nicest neighborhood you want, and the person next door could be a marijuana grower,” said Mark R. Trouville, special agent in charge of the Miami office of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “It really is all about the money. It’s phenomenal.”

In Florida, such outfits are increasingly operated by Cuban-American crime syndicates. A Cuban-American organization based in Miami is setting up grow houses north in Gainesville, Jacksonville and even into Georgia and the Carolinas…………………….READ FULL STORY http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,353547,00.html

Savvy criminals are using some of the country’s most credible logos, including FedEx, Wal-Mart, DirecTV and the U.S. Border Patrol, to create fake trucks to smuggle drugs, money and illegal aliens across the border, according to a report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Termed “cloned” vehicles, the report also warns that terrorists could use the same fake trucks to gain access to secure areas with hidden weapons.

The report says criminals have been able to easily obtain the necessary vinyl logo markings and signs for $6,000 or less. Authorities say “cosmetically cloned commercial vehicles are not illegal.”…..[IMAGES]…..READ FULL STORY http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4156618

Firefighters responding Friday to a report of a possible structure fire instead found a man grilling on a charcoal grill inside his home and 22 marijuana plants growing in the bathroom, Lamoille County police said.

As a result of the visit, Robert Schrader, 29, of Hyde Park, Vt., was charged with violations of conditions, possession of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana.Firefighters responded to his 36 Common Wealth Ave. apartment at 5:26 p.m. and noticed Schrader had been using his grill indoors. While extinguishing the fire, firefighters found what they believed to be a marijuana growing room in the bathroom.A search warrant was obtained and police returned to the apartment, where they found 22 marijuana plants, a power supply and a grow light………………READ FULL STORY http://www.wptz.com/news/16165971/detail.html

One armed man was shot and killed and two others escaped on foot into the brush during a raid early Thursday on a marijuana patch in the hills south of Saratoga, a Santa Clara County sheriff’s lieutenant said.

The shooting happened when five deputies and 15 other officers confronted the men at the patch around 7:30 a.m., Lt. Ed Wise said.

It was not immediately known if the men fired at officers or how many shots were fired, or by whom, Wise said.

“The deputies started to enter a large marijuana garden and encountered three subjects armed with guns,” Wise said. “During the encounter, shots were fired. One subject was shot and fatally wounded, and two others fled on foot.”The dead man was not immediately identified.

Rodriguez said crime scene investigators had not yet reached the site by late afternoon Thursday, and the coroner had not yet removed the body.

The raid was organized by the sheriff’s marijuana eradication team, along with narcotics officers from the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting. That outfit, run by the state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, is a task force of local, state and federal agencies that focuses on eradicating marijuana growing and trafficking in California………..READ FULL STORY http://sanfranciscochronicle.info/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/07/10/BACT11N1DV.DTL

In early March, an investigation, which originated in Henry County, led officers to Saltillo where they found a huge tank about 15 feet underground housing 1,048 marijuana plants, as well as assorted equipment for growing, all of which was seized. During the three-day search, which took place Thursday, February 28 through Sunday, March 1, officers were on the scene 24 hours a day and also confiscated three pounds of bagged marijuana, methamphetamine pipes, three tractors, one bulldozer, one trackhoe, six other vehicles, 15 guns, various chainsaws, weedeaters, welding torches and assorted tools and $4,500.00.This was the second major bust at the 600-acre rural farm of Thomas Gooslin and wife, Tamera, who are still incarcerated following the discovery of an underground marijuana-growing lab late in February. The first bust was the result of information from an informant in Henry County to local officials.
Seized during the second raid Friday, March 21, was in excess of $100,000 cash and more than 550 pounds of marijuana transported in a rental van. DTF Agent Chuck White said the money and drugs are currently locked up at the TBI offices in Jackson. He said the large stash of drugs and cash was just too much to count during the raid………READ FULL STORY http://www.mckenziebanner.com/2008/news/mar18_24/mar24_bust.htm

Damien Anthony Andrews, 34, was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at his log cabin located on a 39-acre parcel in Santa Ysabel last Wednesday, prosecutor Sherri Walker Hobson said.Federal agents found a sophisticated clandestine indoor marijuana growing operation consisting of 454 marijuana plants that was concealed underground, accessible by a concealed closet elevator in a garage structure on the parcel.From the elevator shaft, there was a 4-foot wide, 65-foot tunnel that led to the large underground grow rooms with irrigation, lighting, electrical and ventilation systems, according to the documents…….READ FULL STORY http://www.10news.com/news/11519120/detail.html

David Elms, is in jail awaiting trial in Los Angeles in a case unrelated to the site, leaving the fate of his influential underground world uncertain. In dozens of conversations and in postings on the Internet in recent weeks, prostitutes have expressed concern that if The Erotic Review goes offline it could hurt business. But in the same breath, many are rejoicing about the potential downfall of Mr. Elms…Ms. Link, the deputy district attorney, said the criminal charges against Mr. Elms stemmed from a night in 2006 when the police were called to a hotel where they found him with 3.8 grams of cocaine and a loaded semi-automatic weapon. A prostitute was there and said Mr. Elms had forced her to perform oral sex at gunpoint, but there was not enough evidence to press charges on that accusation………READ FULL STORY http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/17/us/17erotic.html