America's Most Wanted mobster nabbed in Toronto 0
Kujtim "Timmy" Lika, a fugitive from the Balkans and wanted by the FBI in the U.S. was arrested in Toronto Thursday.
TORONTO — A senior member of a global Balkan crime ring who's been featured on America's Most Wanted has been arrested in Toronto.
His detention follows a police chase through five countries, officers say.
Kujtim "Timmy" Lika, 44, originally of Albania, whose alleged crime sprees have aired three times on the U.S. crime show, was arrested on Thursday outside an apartment where he had been hiding, said Det. Rick Mooney, of Toronto Police fugitive squad.
Mooney said the capture stemmed from a massive four-year FBI probe called Operation Black Eagle. That operation required investigations in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, Chicago and Philadelphia, the Netherlands, Albania and ethnic Albanian regions of Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo.
"We have been investigating him for a while," Mooney said after the arrest. "We received information and conducted surveillance on an address."
Lika, a former gymnast, is slated to make a court appearance on Thursday. He faces extradition to the U.S. to stand trial.
He, and alleged gang kingpin Myfit Dika, 44, of New Jersey, managed to escape a 2009 roundup of Balkan crime gangs in New Jersey and New York in which 26 alleged members were charged with a crimes including narcotics, firearms trafficking, money laundering and interstate transportation of stolen property.
Dika was captured by the fugitive squad in January, 2010, while hiding in Toronto. He is still fighting extradition to the U.S.
The FBI said Lika is the last member of the gang to be captured by police.
Police seized a Bentley and two airplanes when they smashed the ring, whose members at one time allegedly planned to smuggle 100 kgs of cocaine into the U.S.