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Canada Four arrested in four Mafia killings that targeted Rizzuto clan

08:05  17 october  2019
08:05  17 october  2019 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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In an extraordinary joint operation involving more than 100 members of Quebec police organizations, four people described by police as “members of Montreal’s Italian Mafia” were arrested Wednesday morning.

The four — three men and one woman — are expected to be arraigned Thursday on multiple charges related to four killings that took place in 2016, including those of Rocco Sollecito and Lorenzo Giordano,  who both have links to the Rizzuto crime family.

“There is an assumption that these organized crime murders generally can’t be solved,” said Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Chief Inspector Guy Lapointe. “For us, this sends a really clear message to organized crime members that these murders can’t just be committed without fear of being arrested.”

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Lapointe added that police believe the killing of Salvatore Scoppa, a Mafia leader who was shot dead in May of this year in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel in Laval, was probably committed to avenge the 2016 murders of Sollecito and Giordano.

“To us, Scoppa and Massari were the leaders behind these four homicides (in 2016), and for us the murder of Scoppa was a response to those homicides,” Lapointe said.

Arrested are: Jonathan Massari, 38, Dominico Scarfo, 47, Guy Dion, 48, and Marie-Josée Viau, 44. According to the Journal de Montréal, Dion is the fire chief in Saint-Jude, a village of about 1,200 people 70 kilometres northeast of Montreal. Viau is Dion’s spouse, and she is also the sister-in-law of Massari, the newspaper reports.

“These are all individuals that have been around the organization, running drug-trafficking rings,” Lapointe said. “For us it’s clear these individuals are related to the Italian Mafia. There is no question there.”

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He said the four will be charged with planning and executing the murders of Giordano, gunned down in a parking lot in Laval in March of 2016, and Sollecito, shot in his car in Laval in May of 2016. The four are also suspected in the disappearance and presumed homicides of brothers Vincenzo and Giuseppe Falduto, who were last seen in Montreal in July of 2016.

Lapointe said one of the search warrants being executed on Wednesday was expected to result in the discovery of the remains of the Falduto brothers.

Members of the SQ and the Montreal police participated in Wednesday’s operation, along with members of the organized crime squad ENRCO, which is composed of police officers from the SQ, as well as the police forces of Montreal, Quebec City, Laval and Lévis.

Police executed eight search warrants in six residences, a business and one vehicle in Montreal, Saint-Jude and Terrebonne. They seized six handguns, 19 rifles, three automatic weapons, 200 boxes of ammunition, two silencers, 10 detonators, and other material that could be used to assemble explosives, as well as a motorcycle police believe was used in Sollecito’s killing. Police have interviewed or will interview at least 25 witnesses as part of the investigation.

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Lapointe said he expects to announce more results of the 10-month operation, dubbed Projet Préméditer, in the coming days.

Police believe the killings are related to a decades-long struggle for control of the drug trade in Montreal between competing Mafia factions originating in Calabria and Sicily, Lapointe said.

“We know that right now Italian organized crime is trying to reorganize itself and there are individuals who are taking steps to take power, to take control. … I won’t go into too much detail, but I can say that for us, Rocco Sollecito was an individual who exerted a very big influence. He was really someone who directed the operations in certain ways … and Giordano was an individual who also played an important role, but not at the same level.”

Massari, who police believe conspired with Scoppa to kill Giordano, Sollecito and the Falduto brothers, has been known to be involved with the Montreal Mafia since at least 2011.

In April 2011, police sought to arrest Massari along with more than 50 other people, in Operation Pastille, a Sûreté du Québec investigation into a vast network of drug traffickers who operated mostly in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region, but also elsewhere in Quebec. Massari could not be located when the first series of arrests were made, but police managed to locate him weeks later.

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Leonardo Rizzuto and Stefano Sollecit, who together helmed the powerful Canadian Cosa Nostra clan , will not be Sollecito -- son of Mafia leader Rocco Sollecito, 67 -- was arrested in 2001, as part of a Combined Forces Special Sollecito ended up with a four -year prison term in Project Oltre, having

According to a court decision related to Operation Pastille, on Sept. 1, 2010, while Massari was under investigation, police secretly recorded a telephone conversation between Massari and an unidentified person, in which Massari said he had killed someone “on the street” in the past.

Massari was alleged to have used his contacts in Montreal to obtain drugs like methamphetamine and ecstasy. In turn, he used the drugs to control drug trafficking in Roberval and Dolbeau-Mistassini.

A year after the Operation Pastille arrests were made, Massari pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy, four counts of drug trafficking and a gangsterism-related charge in a courthouse in Chicoutimi. He was sentenced to a five-year prison term.

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Paul Cherry of The Montreal Gazette contributed to this report.

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