|The attempted arson in a commercial building of the Rivière-des-Prairies district last night could be linked to the Montreal mafia. The building where the crime was almost committed, at the corner of boulevard Maurice-Duplessis and 5th avenue, belongs to a person close to Marco Pizzi, a major player in the mafia.|
Pizzi is currently charged with conspiracy, trafficking and importation of cocaine following his arrest in May in project 'Clemenza'. On August 1st, Pizzi, 46 was the target of an attempt on his life when two armed men stormed a van that struck his Mercedes S65.
|Last September, another arson was linked to Pizzi. The Liana bar was targeted by a molotov cocktail. The bar was controlled by the murdered Tonino Callocchia, suspected of being an importer of cocaine associated with Pizzi. Callocchia was murdered in a bar in November 2014.|
|7272 Maurice-Duplessis was targeted twice by arsonists in 2012.|
At that time, the building belonged to Domenico Arcuri with Raynald Desjardins. According to police, Desjardins, Arcuri brothers and other leaders of the mafia clan attempted a putsch against Rizzuto in 2009-2010, but then a conflict broke out.
The Sicilians resumed power temporarily following the return of Godfather Vito Rizzuto to Montreal in November 2012.