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Canada Quebec mobster Boucher, daughter charged with conspiracy to commit murder

Leonardo Rizzuto, grandson of convicted Montreal crime boss Nicolo Rizzuto, leaves a Montreal courthouse Oct. 16, 2008. A police source confirmed that those arrested Thursday included Leonardo Rizzuto.

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More than a decade after dragging his son into his vast criminal realm, the Quebec biker kingpin Maurice (Mom) Boucher now has gotten his daughter into trouble.

Police say the former Hells Angels boss has been plotting from his jail cell to kill a rival imprisoned mobster. In the process, the 62-year-old Mr. Boucher is alleged to have talked about the plan in coded words while visited by his daughter, Alexandra Mongeau.

Ms. Mongeau, a 25-year-old suburban mother who reportedly gave birth three weeks ago, and her infamous father are now both charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

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The scenario, if true, suggests Mr. Boucher hasn't changed his parenting style after 15 years behind bars.

During the trials that followed the 2001 crackdown against Quebec criminal bikers, prosecutor Randall Richmond noted Mr. Boucher had ruined the life of his 27-year-old son, Francis, by making him a biker in his gang, for which the son got a 10-year sentence for conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking and gangsterism.

"The most heartless example of all is, of course, that of Mom Boucher, who got his own son involved in this predicament," Mr. Richmond told the court in 2004.

Convicted of ordering the murder of two prison guards, Mr. Boucher is currently serving a life sentence in the high-security wing at a penitentiary north of Montreal.

On Thursday, police alleged that the infamous biker had recently plotted to kill a rival, Raynald Desjardins.

The revelation came as police announced a series of arrests targeting the current leadership of the Montreal Mafia and Hells Angels.

Among the 48 arrested were two other sons of prominent mobsters, in another sign of the family ties in Montreal's underworld.

Leonardo Rizzuto, 46, charged with drug trafficking and gangsterism, is a lawyer and son of the late Vito Rizzuto, godfather of the Montreal Mafia.

Stefano Sollecito, 48, facing similar charges, is the son of Rocco Sollecito, a 67-year-old who's identified in court documents as a former confidant of Vito Rizzuto.

The two younger men are leaders of Montreal's Mafia, Sûreté du Québec Chief Inspector Patrick Bélanger told reporters. Police said their arrests had disrupted the interim mob leadership that emerged following the death of Vito Rizzuto in 2013.

Mr. Desjardins was a former right-hand man of Vito Rizzuto, but had a falling out with the clan. He was arrested in 2011 for the murder of another mobster. He was targeted by Mr. Boucher both as a drug-trafficking rival and "partly for revenge," said SQ Lieutenant Benoît Dubé.

Montreal's underworld is now dominated by a three-way alliance between the Rizzuto clan, the Hells Angels and street gangs, police said Thursday.

Also arrested was Gregory Woolley, who was identified in past court decisions as a Haitian-born criminal with ties to bikers and street gangs. He acted as a liaison between the three factions of the crime union, police alleged. "He was a cornerstone of the alliance," Lt. Dubé said.

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Mr. Woolley was also charged with being part of Mr. Boucher's murder plot.

"Mom Boucher had one contact – that was Alexandra, his daughter – and Alexandra's contact was Gregory Woolley," Lt. Dubé said.

Loris Cavaliere, a long-time lawyer for the Rizzuto family, was among those arrested. He will be charged with drug trafficking and gangsterism. Insp. Bélanger said the alliance used Mr. Cavaliere's law office for meetings, to make it more difficult for police to monitor their activities.

The dues paid by various drug-retailing cells were funnelled through Salvatore Cazzetta, a top Hells Angels leader who was also among those arrested, police said.

Mr. Cazzetta has lengthy ties to criminal biker gangs. According to past court evidence, he was a founder of the Rock Machine, an upstart gang that fought a violent turf war against Mr. Boucher's Hells Angels in the 1990s.

After being extradited to Florida for cocaine trafficking, Mr. Cazzetta returned to Canada and switched sides, joining the Hells Angels.

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Mr. Woolley also has a long history with Mr. Boucher. He was a loyal figure in Mr. Boucher's entourage, although he could not become a full-fledged member of the Hells Angels because he is black.

Thursday's operation was conducted by a joint regional squad of RCMP, provincial and municipal police forces who executed 11 search warrants, seizing 41 firearms, seven kilos of cocaine and $1.2-million in cash.

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