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.
Girolamo Del Balso has been busted for allegedly running 62 kilograms through Arizona which was destined for Canada as reported by Paul Cherry for the Montreal Gazette: "Girolamo Del Balso is the younger brother of Francesco, 45, a Mafia leader who was one of six men who took control of the Mafia in Montreal -- roughly between 2003 and 2006 -- after Vito Rizzuto was arrested and later jailed in the U.S. for having taken part in a conspiracy to murder three mobsters in Brooklyn in 1981." Francesco Del Balso has been imprisoned since 2006 for a drug conviction pursuant to Project Colisee, and soon will be released.
One-time Rizzuto mobster Raynald Desjardins has pleaded guilty to the 2011 murder of former Bonanno boss Salvatore Montagna as reported by Paul Cherry for The Montreal Gazette. Desjardins led an insurgency backed by the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia for control over the Montreal underworld -- basically the drug trade -- while Sicilian boss Vito Rizzuto was imprisoned, and Montagna was allied with Desjardin's breakaway group until the relationship soured. Several hoodlums were killed during the pissing match between the two factions including Rizzuto's son Nick Jr. in 2009 and family patriarch Nicolo in 2010. Such is the life.