Top Albanian Aide Arrested in NYC Crime Ring Bust

| August 25, 2010 | 5 Comments

Top Albanian Aide Arrested in NYC Crime Ring Bust

- Albanian Mafia -

A senior aide to the deputy prime minister of Albania has been arrested on charges of murder and racketeering, officials said today.

Prosecutors in New York say the aide, 27-year-old Almir Rrapo of Albania, is a senior member of the Krasniqi crew, an international crime organization engaged in murder, kidnapping, narcotics trafficking and other illegal activities in Albania and the U.S. The group has operated in New York, Connecticut and Michigan.

In the 37-page indictment, officials said Rrapo, also known as “Miri,” participated in the 2005 murder of a man in Queens. He is also accused of helping to kidnap a rival drug leader at gunpoint and pistol-whipping him.

Rrapo was arrested by Albanian authorities July 2 at the request of the United States. Prosecutors said the Krasniqi crew “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.”

“This case reminds us that, despite the increasingly global nature of organized crime, its dangers are right here on our city streets,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement today.

Officials also announced the arrest of Florian Veshi, 26, of Brooklyn, another alleged member of the Krasniqi crew.

A joint FBI and the New York Police Department task force arrested 13 members of the group in June, the New York Daily News reports.

Rrapo was charged with one count of murder in aid of a racketeering enterprise, two counts of racketeering, one count of kidnapping and other crimes. If convicted, he could face life in prison.


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  1. newbie says:

    Nothing to worry about here! But all i see is one guy who worked for the deputy prime minister. What kind of an education has this guy to work for the leaders of a foreign country and come over here and pistol whip the guy in the corner selling bags of weed. Let this guy go free and go after the deputy prime minister. Wouldn’t this look bad with our leaders since we’re having our ambassador in that country, wine and dine with these two bit thugs?
    I hope he doesn’t pull one of those, diplomatic immunity jokes on us.
    Well at least the FBI is earning its money.

  2. makoura reynolds says:

    Douglas Gregory Robbins(Canadian) , Estella Vaz (Portuguese).John Robbins(Canadian) , Maria Tereska Lewiski (polish) , Mary Theresa Robbins(Canadian) ….and so many others in the Ontario Province of Canada are members of the Albanian Organized Crime gang that is charge of kidnapping children for human trafficking!

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