In New York City, more than two dozen people have been arrested in connection with a Russian organized crime gang.
They have been charged with racketeering as well as other crimes.
This Russian gang worked across the entire United States as well as abroad so that it could traffic in stolen goods. Their stolen cargo included cigarettes and more than 10,000 pounds of chocolate.
There were some sophisticated plots that were supposed to be put into play before they were stopped by the authorities.
One such plot was that they would try and use electronic devices to hack into casino slot machines. Another plot involved seducing and robbing victims by drugging them with chloroform.
The majority of the gang included people who were born in the former Soviet Union, with strong ties to Russia, Ukraine and the country of Georgia.
Their alleged criminal activities included:
The operation of illicit poker businesses in Brighton Beach
The extortion of gamblers who became indebted to the Shulaya Enterprise
Attempts to extort local business owners
Efforts to defraud casinos in Atlantic City and Philadelphia by using electronic devices and computer servers to predict and exploit the behavior of electronic slot machines
The theft of cargo shipments, including a shipment containing approximately 10,000 pounds of chocolate confections
The use of a female member of the Shulaya Enterprise to seduce men, incapacitate them with gas, and then rob them
Attempts to create an after-hours nightclub that would host, among other things, the sale of narcotics
The transportation and sale of numerous cases of untaxed cigarettes
Plans to pay bribes to local law enforcement
Creation and use of forged identification documents, checks, and invoices