||Canada/ Montreal| Giuseppe De Vito
Death: July 8, 2013
Giuseppe "Poneytail" De Vito was a member of a 'Ndrangheta clan in Montreal and was highly involved in the cocaine business. He was closely associated with longtime Rizzuto confidant Raynald Desjardins, with who'm he sided to take over the Rizzuto family.
As part of the profitable Montreal drug business De Vito was active as a cocaine trafficker and worked closely with the dominating Rizzuto family. He owned the Montreal Choppers, a car and motorcycle garage located in the St. Léonard district. In 2006 the Canadian authorities launched a massive anti-Mafia operation called Project Colisee. Several keymembers of the Montreal Mafia were arrested during the raids. De Vito himself was wanted for gangsterism, conspiracy and drug trafficking, but avoided arrest by going into hiding.
In the meantime a rebel faction of the Rizzuto family, led by Raynald Desjardins and backed by Salvatore Montagna and several 'Ndrangheta clans, saw their opportunity to take the lead. Boss Vito Rizzuto had been extradited to the US and Francesco Arcadi, who had taken over the reigns during his absence, was behind bars alongside others. Soon several bigshots linked to Vito Rizzuto were killed, including his son and father. De Vito and his crew had an active part in some of the killings. However, his live on the run took for the worse. His wife Adele had a difficult mental status and in a sad and drastic move she stabbed and killed their two daughters, Amanda, 8, and Sabrina De Vito, 9. A gruesome crime for which she was arrested on March 31, 2009. Due to his hiding however none of the parents attended the girl's funeral.
In October 2010 his hiding came to an end when police managed to arrest him after he was seen driving away from a gym in Laval. In 2012 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. That same year however boss Vito Rizzuto was released from prison and returned to Montreal. Backed by several loyalists he began to struck back at those who had fought him. A contract was out for De Vito's head. On December 21, 2012, Domenico Facchina, a close associate of De Vito, was shot dead near the Montreal choppers in St. Léonard. In January 2013 another associate of his, Vincenzo Scuderi, was murdered. On July 11, 2013, a prison guard found De Vito dead in his cell. He had apparently committed suicide after taking cyanide pills.
(Source: af11.wordpress.com, mafiatoday.com)
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