Nicolo (Nick) Rizzuto, 82, father of Vito Rizzuto, the reputed head of the Mafia in Montreal, was among those arrested yesterday morning. Nicolo Rizzuto smiled for photographers and TV cameras when taken to RCMP headquarters. Photograph by : MARCOS TOWNSEND, THE GAZETTE
From The Globe And Mail:
MONTREAL — Six leading figures in Montreal's Mafia pleaded guilty Thursday morning to charges of charges of conspiracy to traffic drugs, extort, run illegal bookmaking and possess illegal goods.
On top of the pyramid of the gang's remaining leadership was Nicolo (Nick) Rizzuto, the 84-year-old father of Vito Rizzuto, described in court documents as the Godfather of Montreal's Mafia.
Vito Rizzuto, has been in jail since 2004. In his absence, the elder Mr. Rizzuto and the five other men who pleaded guilty – Rocco Sollecito, Paolo Renda, Francesco Arcadi, Francesco Del Balso and Lorenzo Giordano – have been the organization's ranking leaders, according to court documents.
The men will be sentenced in October. Crown Prosecutor Yvan Poulin said he will ask the court to seize money and property from the men.
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