A massive bust has netted suspected mobsters from the Gambino and Bonanno Cosa Nostra families in New York and the 'Ndrangehta or Calabrian Mafia in Canada for their alleged roles in trafficking fentanyl and other drugs as reported by VICE News: "those arrested by the RCMP include Domenico Violi, a son of Montreal mafia don Paolo Violi, while an arrest warrant has been issued for his brother, Giuseppe." Paolo Violi "was the powerful Calabrian boss of Montreal's Mafia until he was murdered in 1978 by members of the Rizzuto crime family who then seized control of Montreal's underworld," and after Paolo's death "his widow and two sons fled to Hamilton, a region that belongs to the Calabrian Mafia" as reported by The Montreal Gazette. Two other accused defendants "are grandsons of the late Giacomo Luppino of Hamilton, who was considered by police to be a founding member of the Crimine, a governing body for criminals in the 'Ndrangheta crime group and a longstanding associate of the Buffalo mob" as reported by The Star.
In New York those arrested are Damiano Zummo, Salvatore Russo, Paul Semplice and Paul Ragusa who "allegedly belong or are associated with the Bonanno and Gambino crime families" as reported by the Daily Mail. Apparently investigators have surveillance recordings of reputed Bonanno capo Zummo inducting a confidential informant into the crime family as reported by the Daily News: "Acting Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde called the secret recording 'an extraordinary achievement for law enforcement and deals a significant blow to La Cosa Nostra.'" D'oh!
New York's Mafia and Canada's Calabrian Mafia allegedly have partnered in the drug trade for years. Indeed, as this blog reported in February 2014:
The [Calabrian Mafia] is suspected of backing a breakaway faction from the Rizzuto family in Montreal, QB Canada for control over the drug rackets in Montreal and New York, and it necessarily would have to hook up with New York's Mafia in order to push product in their territory. According to the FBI the Calabrian Mafia has partnered with reputed associates from the Gambino and Bonanno families that are obvious choices given their long-standing involvement in the international drug trade.
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 believer 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.
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