September 30, 2012
Mob boss to be deported to Canada
By Tom Godfrey, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Montreal mob boss Vito Rizzuto is being deported to Canada from the U.S. this month after serving six years in a high-security prison for the murders of three Mafia captains, police say.
The Mafia boss was extradited to the U.S. in 2004 and in 2006 was sentenced to a 10-year jail term for the 1981 murder of three Bonanno crime family members in New York City.
Rizzuto, 66, is in a high-security prison in Colorado. No reason has been given for his early release.
Canadian police are concerned that his return to Montreal will rekindle a feud between the Rizzutos and rivals from the Calabrian mafia. Rizzuto son, Nick, was slain 2009 and his father, Nicolo, was killed in 2010.
Rizzuto is a Canadian citizen and will be deported to Montreal after his Oct. 6 release, police said, adding he managed to obtain citizenship after arriving here from Italy in 1954.
Immigration officials said he will likely by driven to the border by U.S. Marshals and handed over to the RCMP.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Christian Knight, of a Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, confirmed Rizzuto is due for release in early October.
“He will be deported back to Canada,” Knight said. “He is Canadian and has to be brought back even though he is convicted of three murders.”
Knight, who was in Toronto to attend an International Airport Investigators’ Training symposium last week, was part of a 2001 to 2006 Montreal probe into traditional organized crime that led to the arrests of dozens of mob members.
“It was a historic file with a number of people being charged,” Knight said. “The investigation targeted Sicillian organized crime and brought down Rizzuto and many of his accomplices.”
There has been speculation that Rizzuto may choose to settle in Ontario, but he would have to face rivals.
Knight said six or seven powerful crime families control organized mob activities in Ontario.
“The Ontario families are deliberately low-key and don’t want to draw attention to themselves,” he said. “From my experience, organized crime is alive and thriving in Ontario.”
He said Ontario crime bosses don’t want the attention of police as they earn millions of dollars from gambling, drug dealing, strippers and prostitution.