Alessandro Taloni, a reputed associate of the Montreal-based Rizzuto clan, has pleaded guilty for his role in an alleged $1 billion drug trafficking organization which brought hydroponic bud into New York and sent powder cocaine into Canada according to a press release from Brooklyn federal prosecutors:
The organization allegedly transported tens of thousands of pounds of marijuana from outdoor growers in British Colombia to Montreal, Canada, and controlled numerous warehouses in and around Montreal for the manufacture of ecstasy and hydroponic marijuana. The drugs were smuggled into the United States using transportation networks run by the Hells Angels and Native American co-conspirators from the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation along the U.S./Canadian border. Once the drugs were sold in the United States, much of it by distributors tied to the Bonanno crime family in New York, the organization used millions of dollars in drug proceeds to purchase more cocaine from the powerful Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico for exportation to and distribution in Canada.
Taloni operated in Los Angeles where he collected the cash from the pot sales which was flown weekly from New York on private planes and, in turn, made the cocaine buys from his Mexican connections as reported by Adrian Humphreys for the National Post. The drug traffing mobster had two Beverly Hills homes where he stashed "millions of dollars and dozens of kilograms of cocaine" as reported by Joseph Serna for the Los Angeles Times.
Last month reputed Bonanno associate John "Big Man" Venizelos pleaded guilty for his role in the alleged operation.
The charged ringleader of the drug operation is Canadian national Jimmy "Cosmo" Cournoyer who is slated for trial in a Brooklyn federal court.
Maybe the Treasury Department should designate the Bonanno and Rizzuto mafia families as transnational criminal organizations pursuant to Executive Order 13581 in order to freeze their U.S. assets and ban Americans from conducting even legitimate business with them.
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