Joe Bruno on the Mob – Four Arrests in the Murder of Sal Montagna
It seems like the police have been very busy in Montreal arresting Mafia members in the murder of Salvatore “Sal the Iron Worker” Montagna. But in a bit of a twist, the police are alleging that Canadian Hell’s Angels members were also involved in Montagna’s murder.
Four men were arrested in Montreal for the murder of Montagna. They are: Raynald Desjardins, 59, Vittorio Mirarchi, 34, and Felice Racaniello, 27, all from the Montreal metropolitan area. Two other people were arrested, but their names have not been released by the police, pending their formal arraignment. Desjardins, Mirarchi, and Racaniello have all been charged by a Canadian magistrate with first degree murder, as was Jack Simpson, 69, who owned the house where Montagna was shot last month.
Inspector Michel Forget, assistant director of criminal investigations and intelligence for the Sûreté du Québec, the provincial police agency, told the New York Post, “Mr. Montagna was an important figure in coming back to Canadian soil, and namely, got into bad terms with other factions of organized crime. The organization that we dismantled today was linked to traditional organized crime groups, but also to motorcycle gangs.”
Apparently Montagna was lured to the house with the ruse of discussing the future leadership of Montreal’s mob, which has been weakened in recent years by arrests and assassinations. After Montagna was shot several times, he managed to escape and jump into a frigid river. Despite his mortal wounds, Montagna was able to swim to the other side, where he perished in a pile of snow.
The Canadian police, along with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Montreal city police, and two suburban police agencies in metro Montreal, have executed 16 search warrants in the Montreal area, and more arrest are expected.
No matter how many mob men are arrested, in Canada, or anywhere else, someone always emerges from the shadows to take control of an organized crime gang. It’s been this way for centuries and it’s not about to change any time soon.
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Canadian cops cuff & charge four with murdering Bonanno boss
By MITCHEL MADDUX
Last Updated: 4:53 PM, December 20, 2011
Posted: 3:46 PM, December 20, 2011
In a massive action targeting organized crime groups, Canadian police today arrested four men and charged them with murdering the former street boss of New York’s Bonanno crime family.
Salvatore “Sal the Iron Worker” Montagna collapsed in a pool of blood outside Montreal late last month after making a bid to lead Quebec’s La Cosa Nostra crime family, officials said.
Those arrested today included senior figures in the Montreal Mafia – as well as those with links to the Hells Angels, the outlaw biker gang that is heavily involved in organized crime and drug trafficking in Quebec, sources told The Post.
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A man reported to be Salvatore Montagna, a former reputed New York mafia boss, lies on the ground after being shot Thursday Nov 24, 2011 near the Assomption River in Charlemagne near Montreal.
Montagna’s return to Canada – following his deportation several years ago from New York – sent tremors throughout Quebec’s organized crime world, as the mobster began to lobby to head Montreal’s La Cosa Nostra family, officials said.
“Mr. Montagna was an important figure in coming back to Canadian soil, and namely, got into to bad terms with other factions of organized crime,” Inspector Michel Forget, assistant director of criminal investigations and intelligence for the Sûreté du Québec, the provincial police agency, told The Post.
More than 200 officers fanned out across Quebec early today, and with the help of tactical units, arrested six people.
“”The organization that we dismantled today was linked to traditional organized crime groups, but also to motorcycle gangs,” Forget told The Post.
Among those charged with Montagna’s murder were Raynald Desjardins, 59, Vittorio Mirarchi, 34, and Felice Racaniello, 27, all from the Montreal metropolitan area, officials said.
“Mr. Desjardins is a very important organized crime figure” in Quebec, Forget told The Post.
The three men have been charged by a Canadian magistrate with first degree murder – as was Jack Simpson, 69, who owned the house where Montagna was attacked last month.
Simpson has been in custody for the past three weeks, following his arrest in Ontario on parole violation charges, officials said.
He was convicted in a California state court on drug trafficking charges stemming from plan to transport large quantities of narcotics from southern California to New York City, according to official records.
Several years ago, Simpson was allowed by California prison authorities to serve out his sentence in a Canadian penal institution and was later paroled there, records show.
The four men charged today with Montagna’s murder face a sentence of 25 years to life if convicted, officials said.
Two others also were arrested today for allegedly playing a support role in Montagna’s death, but police said they will not release their names until they are formally charged by a magistrate.
Prior to his death, Montagna reportedly had been engaged in discussions over the future leadership of Montreal’s mob, which has been weakened in recent years by arrests and assassinations.
On the morning of on Nov. 24, witnesses heard gunshots as Montagna left the house owned by Simpson in a working class suburb outside Montreal, officials said.
Police believed he then jumped into a frigid river and swam to the opposite bank, before dying in a bed of snow.
Investigators believed a confrontation took place at the house, but have not released details about the killing.
“We think something happened – a struggle, a fight – something happened there,” Sgt. Benoit Richard of the Sûreté du Québec, the told The Post last month.
Days later, Simpson was arrested in Ottawa by a tactical team from the Ontario Provincial Police, but the arrest stemmed from a parole violation..
Montagna, who was born in Canada but spent much of his life in Sicily and in the US, ascended to the top of the Bonannos at a time when the New York crime family’s ranks were being gutted by Brooklyn federal prosecutors.
He was just 35-years-old when he succeeded boss Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano, but was deported by US authorities in 2009 after a criminal conviction.
Today’s sweep – uncharacteristcally large by Canadian standards – involved officers from the Quebec provincial police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Montreal city police, and two suburban police agencies in metro Montreal, officials said.
Officers – some heavily armed – served more than 16 search warrants in the early morning raid.