Mob War Spreads From Canada To Italy
A mob war for control over the drug racket in Canada which allegedly pits the Rizzuto clan from Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia against a breakaway group headed by Raynald Desjardins with support from the ‘Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia has spread to Italy as reported by Adrian Humphreys for the National Post.
Juan Ramon Fernandez, an alleged enforcer of Montreal boss Vito Rizzuto, was gunned down with Fernando Pimentel, another mob-linked man from Canada, in a planned ambush outside Palermo, Sicily, and an Italian investigator says “we are sure” that “the order to kill [them] came from Canada.”
The bullet-riddled corpses of the two men were incinerated, and authorities discovered their charred remains on Thursday pursuant to an anonymous tip.
Among those charged in the double murder is former Toronto resident Pietro Scaduto.
Italian authorities unsuccessfully searched for Fernandez in a Wednesday bust targeting reputed Sicilian mob bosses in the Palermo area for their alleged roles in the international drug trade as reported by Adrian Humphreys for the National Post: “Mr. Fernandez was named as a lynchpin of a Sicily-to-Canada drug network and dubbed ‘Cosa Nostra’s Canadian ambassador.’”
Fernandez “was expelled from Canada last year for the third time after serving a 10-year sentence for conspiracy to murder a fellow mobster” as reported by Tom Kington for The Guardian.
Now we now why the Carabinieri couldn’t find Fernandez on Wednesday.