Fifteen suspected mobsters with apparent ties to the Rizzuto crime family including Liborio Cuntrera and Erasmo Crivello have been busted for their alleged roles in a cocaine smuggling operation as reported by Paul Cherry for the Montreal Gazette. According to an RCMP press release "the network imported cocaine through the United States and used its contacts in the commercial ground transport industry," and "authorities have seized more than 220 kilos of cocaine and placed their hands on more than $2 million."
A Quebec Court justice "denied bail Friday to reputed Montreal Mafia bosses Leonardo Rizzuto and Stefano Sollecito" as reported by Christopher Curtis for the Montreal Gazette. Leonardo is a son of Vito Rizzuto who ruled the crime family until his 2013 passing, and Sollecito allegedly was a top lieutenant for the deceased boss. Leonardo Rizzuto and Stefano Sollecito were among dozens charged last November with running a cocaine ring.
Reputed mobsters Francesco Arcadi and Francesco Del Balso recently were released to halfway houses but following this week's hit against onetime Rizzuto underboss Lorenzo Giordano the pair have "been returned behind bars to ensure their own safety" as reported by Jesse Feith for the Montreal Gazette: "'the murder of Lorenzo Giordano is certainly to be followed by other ones in the weeks or months to come,' said Pierre de Champlain, an author on organized crime."