Daniele Ranieri allegedly took over a Mafia crew in York, Ontario after its prior boss Juan Fernandez and his associate Fernando Pimental were murdered last year in a planned ambush outside Palermo, Sicily, and now Canadian police are seeking Ranieri who "left for a routine trip to Cuba two weeks ago" as reported by Maryam Shah for the Toronto Sun:
The wanted man has a criminal past involving drugs, weapons, threats, assaults, and forcible confinement. He already has two prison stints under his belt and is now wanted for extortion and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
Fernandez "was a key representative for Montreal Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto in Ontario," and after his deportation from Canada to Italy Ranieri acted "as his eyes and ears in Ontario" as reported by Adrian Humphreys for the National Post.
Mob watchers suspect that the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia has backed a breakaway group from the Rizzuto clan of Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia for control over the drug rackets in Montreal and New York, and the turf war has resulted in dozens of murders over the last few years.
Vito Rizzuto, an oft-described "drug trafficking mastermind," died last year from lung cancer. The mob boss was released from a U.S. prison in 2012 after serving several years on a racketeering conviction involving the 1981 murders of three Bonanno capos in New York City, and while he was doing time the mob rebellion claimed his son Nick Jr. in 2009 and family patriarch Nicolo in 2010.
Police suspect the Rizzuto rebellion was led by Raynald Desjardins. 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 who police suspect had allied himself with the breakaway group until the relationship soured.
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.