Thursday, December 29, 2016

Firebombed Laval hair salon tied to Montreal Mafia

Arson investigators in Laval have been called in to investigate the firebombing of a hair salon owned by the wife of a man tied to the Rizzuto organization. Streakz Coiffure is owned by Caterina Miceli, the wife of Carmelo Cannistraro, 46, the head of an illegal bookmaking ring tied to the Rizzuto organization that was uncovered during Project Colisée.

In 2011, Cannistraro was part of a group of ten men who pleaded guilty to charges related to the bookmaking ring. Cannistraro paid the highest fine, $250,000, of the ten men. In total they paid more than $1.1 million in fines in the case. The investigation revealed Cannistraro worked closely with Francesco Del Balso and Lorenzo Giordano while he ran the ring that police estimated made more than $26 million in profits between October 2004 and March 2006.
During Colisée the RCMP believed Streakz was owned by Polisena Delle Donne, the wife of Guiseppe Torre, 45, a convicted drug trafficker who received an overall prison term of 14 years in 2009. He was part of a series of conspiracies to smuggle drugs including cocaine into Canada.

Businesses in Montreal tied to other people with known ties to the Rizzuto organization have been targeted repeatedly by arsonists in recent months.