Live by the sword, die by the sword.
Salvatore Calautti, a hitman for the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia, was gunned down inside his car in the parking lot of a banquet hall after leaving a bachelor party as reported by Adrian Humphreys for the National Post.
In recent years the 'Ndrangheta has eclipsed Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia as Italy's most powerful crime group due to its obscene profits from the cocaine trade in Europe, and it has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States with surprisingly little push back from law enforcement in those countries.
Nicola Gratteri, the chief anti-Mafia prosecutor in Calabria, says he believes "the foreign country where the 'Ndrangheta is the most present is in Canada" as reported by CBC News:
"Mostly in Ontario, especially Toronto, and also in Montreal. We have found in our research there are at least nine 'Ndrangheta localis just in Toronto. Which means there are hundreds of members, as each locali has at least 51 members."
Some mob watchers suspect that the Calabrian Mafia has backed Raynald Desjardins in an insurrection against the Rizzuto clan from the Sicilian Mafia for control over the drug trade in Canada and New York.
Desjardins currently is in prison awaiting trial for his alleged role in the November 2011 slaying of ex-Bonanno boss Salvatore "Sal the Ironworker" Montagna. Police allege that Desjardins ordered Montagna hit after their supposed alliance fell apart in the mob rebellion against the Rizzuto clan.
Among the others killed in the underworld war so far are mob boss Vito Rizzuto's son Nick Jr. in 2009 and family patriarch Nicolo in 2010. Desjardins and the Calabrian Mafia allegedly launched their power play while Vito Rizzuto was serving time in a U.S. prison on a racketeering conviction involving the 1981 murders of three Bonanno capos in New York City. The mob boss was released last October.
Calautti is "suspected in at least five unsolved gangland hits" including the one against Vito's father Nicolo as reported by Peter Edwards and Jennifer Pagliaro for The Star.
Karma's a drag, eh?
It's funny because cops in Canada can't do anything about the all-out mob war, and the FBI in the U.S. doesn't even think -- officially, at least -- that the Mafia remains a problem.
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