Thirty-one suspected mobsters from two alleged drug-trafficking crews tied to the Italian Mafia have been arrested in Montreal, QB Canada pursuant to an operation dubbed "Clemenza" as reported by The National Post: "one clan was led by now-deceased mob boss Giuseppe De Vito while the other had an association with a group known as the Bastone brothers, police said."
Police blame the two allied crews with targeting rivals in "a wave of violence between 2007 and 2011 after the illicit businesses run by major crime families was disrupted in the wake of Project Colisée, an investigation that began in 2003 and culminated with raids in 2006" as reported by The Gazette.
In connection with Operation Clemenza police intercepted more than one million scrambled BlackBerry direct text messages although "investigators would not say if they had the help of the Waterloo, Ont.-based firm in carrying out their probe" as reported by The Star.
Last July De Vito was found dead in his prison cell, and a coroner’s report identified the cause as cyanide poisoning as then reported by The Gazette.
Only a month prior to De Vito's death his wife Adele Sorella was convicted for the 2009 murders of their eight- and nine-year-old daughters, and at the time of their murders De Vito was on the lam from drug charges.
The 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia is suspected of backing a breakaway group from the Rizzuto clan with Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia for control over the drug rackets in Montreal, QB, and the turf war has resulted in dozens of murders over the last few years.
Earlier this year Italian and American police arrested dozens of suspected mobsters on both sides of the Atlantic for their alleged roles in a joint drug smuggling plot between the Gambino family and the Calabrian Mafia.
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