Seven men with ties to street gangs have been arrested for their alleged roles with violent crimes "committed on behalf of organized crime" including one murder and several arson according to a press statement from Montreal police as reported by the Gazette: "the Montreal police did not say who they believe the crimes were carried out for" but "the Rizzuto organization has in recent years been under attack from rival clans looking to take control of the Montreal Mafia."
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 -- plus all the firebombing -- over the last few years as reported by CBC.
Vito Rizzuto, an oft-described "drug trafficking mastermind," died in 2013 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. Last year Desjardins was sentenced to fourteen years for his lead role in the 2011 hit against ex-Bonanno boss Salvatore "Sal the Ironworker" Montagna who police suspect had allied himself with the breakaway group until their relationship soured.