FBI, the American investigation agency on Wednesday busted a Russian gang that hacked into casino slot systems in New York and made away with over 5 tons of chocolate.
Authorities from the FBI confirm that the gang is responsible for many criminal activities in New York and its cities.
The Wednesday theft and delivery of sweet chocolate amounting to more than 5 tons is said to be just one of the criminal activities carried by the Russian mob, which now some of its members face criminal charges.
Some of the other activities that are associated with the Russian gang according to FBI officials include trafficking of narcotics and various drug substances into the U.S., theft as well as the trafficking into the U.S. more than 5 tons of illegitimate chocolate.
Others include the smuggling of firearms, and several casino fraud cases. The group also conducts murder for hire as a high-profile job to earn their living.
Several U.S. security agencies are currently working together to see that the gang that calls itself ‘Shulaya Enterprise’ and all its members are held responsible for the vices committed in New York and neighboring states.
Among the security apparatus working together to investigate the activities of this mobster group are the Customs & Border Protection, NY Police Department, and the FBI.
The three security apparatus have managed to apprehend and brought to custody 33 Shulaya Enterprise members most of whom are currently held in Brooklyn area.
Speaking of the crimes that the gang is allegedly involved in, Joon Kim, the acting U.S. Attorney for Manhattan said that because of the many criminal activities associated with the group, there is need to expeditiously conduct the search and investigation so that they are quickly brought to justice.
“The several numbers of criminal activities and schemes that have been committed by this syndicate. They include robbing victims after drugging them with either chloroform or other highly seductive substances. Other events include conspiracy, murder for hire, casino fraud cases, which they use electronic devices in hacking the systems, trafficking illegal shipments containing several tons of chocolate, and all forms of theft,” Kim said.
Security operation’s report indicates that Zurab Dzhanashvili aged 37, a resident of Brooklyn and a forty-year-old Razhden Shulaya from New Jersey, the ringleaders of the group; Shulaya Enterprise’ are among those who are in police custody and are currently helping officers with investigations.
It has also been revealed the two are the operators of an illegal casino enterprise, a poker den at the Brighton Beach, which they have been since charged.
Police are also investing whether or not the current chocolate trafficking syndicate is associated with what happened three years ago in mid-2014 when slots were hacked in Lumiere Palace, St. Louis.
Back then, Murray Bliev, a Russian national was apprehended and charged for the hack when he was spotted playing on the machine while holding his cell phone to the screen, something that indicated casino fraud.
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