Skip to comments.BALKAN CONNECTION (Albanian mafia in 80es threatening to Rudi Giuliani)
Posted on 02/28/2007 10:10:50 AM PST by kronos77
The Wall Street Journal, Monday, September 9, 1985, pp.1,18 By Anthony M. DeStefano
NEW YORK - The informant who visited the office of U.S. Attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani [current Mayor of New York City] last December had a chilling story to tell:
A defendant in a drug racketeering case that Mr. Giuliani was prosecuting was offering $400.000 to anyone who would kill a certain assistant U.S. attorney and a federal drug enforcement agent.
For 45 minutes Mr. Giuliani and his chief assistant, William Tendy, listened to and evaluated the tale. Five other informants later corroborated it. The threatened lawmen-assistant prosecutor Alan M. Cohen and narcotics agent Jack Delmore-were given 24-hour-a-day protection by federal marshals.
For years police and court officials in Italy have had to deal with Maffia attempts on their lives, some of which have succeeded. American gangsters have rarely dared such crimes. But certain criminal groups in the U.S. now seem less restrained. Mr. Giuliani says he has recently heard of more threats against law-enforcement officers and judges around the country than at any other time in his 15 years as a prosecutor. A number of his colleagues share that perception. Mr. Giuliani says that he himself has heen threatened.
The "Balkan Connection"
The drug case that brought forth the threats Mr. Giuliani is concerned about involved the disruption of the so-called "Balkan connectlon" heroin trade conducted by among others a loosely orginised group of ethnic Albanians, centered in New York. A federal probe into this drug traffic and other posslble crimes, including the alleged plot to kill officials, is in progress. The drug investigation and the criminal activities of a group of Albanian-Americans have attracted little publicity.
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This might interest you.
BALKAN CONNECTION = Balkan Route
Police arrest a man suspected of being a member of a criminal gang in Kosovo.
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia - Kosovo is a gangster's paradise. With few police, no effective judicial system and lots of guns, the internationally administered province is increasingly seen by European leaders as a base for organized crime, especially drug smuggling.
Kosovo lies in the middle of the Balkan Route, a web of smuggling roads leading from Turkey and over which $400-billion (US) of heroin is moved into western Europe every year. Now there are growing fears the province could provide an important transit point.
"We need riot police for crowd control, forensic experts to solve crimes and specialized units to fight drug trafficking and organized crime," Javier Solana, the European Union's representative for foreign and security policy, told European leaders in February.
But the 2,500 United Nations police sent to the province are less than half that requested by Bernard Kouchner, the UN mission chief. KFOR soldiers, for their part, are likely to put as much effort into policing as their cohorts in Bosnia, which is not much. Bosnia is one of Europe's major conduits for drugs, arms, stolen cars and prostitution, despite a large international military presence.
"Generals do not want to turn their troops into cops," an official at NATO headquarters said. "Especially, they don't want to get their troops shot pursuing black marketeers."
The chaos created by 10 years of war in the Balkans has been a bonanza for the Kosovo Albanians, who control 40% of Europe's heroin trade -- their profits are thought to have helped fund last year's war. If they were to return home, there would be little the cash-starved and understaffed UN mission could do to control the movement of drugs and guns.
"All of a sudden, there was a drastic void in Kosovo after the war," said Bruce Lloy, an RCMP officer and chief press spokesman with the UN police in Pristina. "I would have moved in too."
Two to six tonnes of heroin are thought to move along the Balkan route every month, providing 80% of Europe's heroin supply. The drug originates in Taleban-controlled Afghanistan, Iran and eastern Turkey, from where it flows to western Turkey. From there it moves through Bulgaria, west to Albania via Macedonia and Kosovo or north through central Europe. The entire journey takes a week to 10 days.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says that by 1998, Kosovo Albanians had become the second most important group on the Balkan route, after the Turkish mafia. "Kosovo Albanians make the perfect mafia -- even better than the Sicilians," said Marko Nicovic, vice-president of the New York-based International Narcotics Enforcement Agency.
"They are a small ethnic group made up of clans or families that have very close to family relations. The brotherhood, or Fic, is impenetrable by outsiders. It is difficult to find translators to work with police and impossible to get an informer or agent inside the organizations."
The Kosovo Albanian heroin dealers are typically made up of groups of fewer than 100 members of an extended family. Mr. Nicovic, former chief of the Belgrade narcotics squad, said they are ideally situated to benefit from the trade because, facing discrimination at home over the past few decades, members of the same families have settled in both Turkey and western Europe, at either end of the Balkan route.
Since the mid-1980s, these connections have allowed them to begin taking over the heroin trade, especially in Switzerland and Scandinavia.
According to Interpol, Albanian speakers accounted for 14% of those arrested for heroin smuggling in 1997. While the average quantity of the drug found on smugglers was two grams, ethnic Albanians were carrying an average of 120 g.
Last month, officials from the Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway and Denmark met to discuss stamping out the heroin trade between Southern Europe and European Union countries which they believe is controlled by a dozen Kosovo Albanian families.
Although there is no evidence the Kosovo Liberation Army was directly involved in drug dealing, the British-based International Police Review reported it had become dependent on the mafia families, "which gives the criminals an influence over an armed force, almost 30,000 strong, which is likely to dominate post-war Kosovo."
But the question facing UN police on the ground in Kosovo is whether the heroin trade through the province -- interrupted by last year's war -- has reappeared in large quantities.
"I don't believe that's true," said Barry Graham, a UN officer working with Pristina's regional intelligence unit. "There are Kosovar Albanians dealing drugs in Switzerland and the Czech Republic, but their links with Kosovo are only family associations. I don't believe that Kosovo is providing a significant amount of heroin to Europe. What officials are saying is that 40% of the heroin is provided by Kosovar Albanians -- but the heroin does not come from Kosovo."
While he acknowledged heroin is coming into the province, the amount only supplies local needs, he said. Cocaine is also being brought in to satisfy the demands of the large numbers of international workers gathered for the humanitarian effort.
"We are not seeing any intelligence that anybody is making large amounts of money here," he said.
Mr. Graham argues that the established routes through Bulgaria and Albania are so successful the smugglers have no need to make use of the route through Kosovo.
"Why would they change it to Kosovo and risk going through new international borders as well as random security checks by over 40,000 KFOR soldiers? Because the borders are now monitored, they have to use the mountain passes and the quantities are limited to two or three kilograms."
Until last year, smugglers bribed their way past Yugoslav border guards into Kosovo, then moved north into Serbia. The war disrupted this route and the new international border guards are not so easily corrupted, he said.
In Belgrade, there is no longer the large supply of heroin coming from Kosovo that there was a few years ago. "All the connections between Serbs and Albanians has stopped," a heroin dealer in Belgrade told the National Post. "Only people without character would have dealt with Albanians during the war."
A middleman along the Balkan route, the 24-year-old dealer sells a kilogram in Belgrade for 20,000 German marks ($14,200), a quarter of the price in Italy. However, he said he did expect the route from Kosovo to reopen.
UN police say they are monitoring the dozen or so low-level dealers in Pristina, but with the court system virtually non-existent there is little they can do to stop them.
"If a guy is caught with 40 to 50 grams, he wouldn't be prosecuted," said Mr. Graham.
He added that he is much more concerned by the large numbers of guns coming into the country from Albania, a growing arsenal for the KLA, which was to have been decomissioned last year.
"Large trucks are being used to smuggle weapons and drugs from the Albanian port of Dures. Small amounts of cocaine, heroin and pot are hidden in the cab but weapons are the main item."
The flow of weapons out of the Balkans may be as great a threat to European security as the heroin trade.
Anthony M. DeStefano, Giuliani and Kosovo-Alb. Drug Mafia in NYC, The Wall Street Journal,
(September 9, 1985), pp.1,18;
Eve-Ann Prentice, Kosovo is Mafia's 'heroin gateway to West' , The London Times, (July 24 1999).
Thousands of Albanian children in hiding to escape blood feuds, The Guardian, (September 30, 1998), p. 15; Misha Glenny
Heart of Darkness, The New York Review of Books, (August 14, 1997), pp.32-36.
DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
SECTION: THE STORY OF A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE
NewsMax.com 11/3/00 Carl Limbacher " New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he believes that an allegation Vice President Al Gore once tried to pressure a friend to lie about his past drug use should "cancel out" any negative impact of Thursday night's revelation that Texas Governor George Bush may have been less than candid about being stopped in 1976 for drunk driving. Guiliani made the comment on Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes Friday night:
HANNITY: Is it legitimate, when we have Al Gore's best friend on tape saying that he was a regular pot smoker, that he asked him to lie about it if the press came to him -- which he did; if they're going to draw this blood is it then fair game for everybody?
GIULIANI: Maybe the thing to do is that it cancels -- let's cancel this all out and go back to who do you think is going to make a better president.
Minutes before Giuliani's remark, Hannity played an audiotape from an interview of former Gore friend John C. Warnecke, Jr. conducted in September by WLAC Nashville, Tennessee talk radio host Phil Valentine. ..
VALENTINE: Was (Gore) doing more than marijuana when you were with him or was it just pot?
WARNECKE: Well, we smoked hashish together and we smoked a type of marijuana called "Thai sticks." That's a special high-grade marijuana that comes wrapped in a special stick from Thailand. And what they do is, after they wrap it around a stick they dip it in opium. So it's an opium-laced marijuana.
VALENTINE: Now you're asserting that Al Gore continued the drug use after you stopped 20 years ago.
WARNECKE: I'll tell you the story. I know I smoked with him one time while he was actually campaigning.
VALENTINE: For Congress?
WARNECKE: For Congress, the first time around.
VALENTINE: That would be in '76?
WARNECKE: '76, correct.
Gore has claimed publicy that he stopped using drugs in 1972. ."
No wonder he's hyped up about the environment, global warming could hurt his weed growth. lol
Dang, thanks for the post.
That 'Balkan Route' not only goes into the Iran Contras; but it goes back to WW2 also.
No wonder Rudy is in the same circle as Soros funding.
And this is the person some FReepers want to be CIC.....
So Giuliani prosecuted Albanian vermin and Bill Clinton murdered Serb civilians to help Albanian vermin. Sounds like a good debate subject in 2008.
I don't think Clinton was ever the left's intended president. I think she was a floated scare tactic to prompt up the American's Mayor.
Clinton is the trojan horse.
Rudy will split the GOP and give the WH to a dim (Richardson)if rudy supporters don't get the stars out of their eyes.
Thanks for the ping! I'm glad the DSL was helpful.
More like scary :(