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Police arrest 90 alleged organized crime figures in Montreal

The Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Police arrested about 90 alleged organized crime figures early Wednesday, including the father of a man who faces charges related to the killing of members of the Bonanno crime family in New York.

More than 700 police officers in Montreal conducted the early morning raids to round up the suspects, and more than 1,300 charges were expected to be brought, including attempted murder, drug dealing, extortion, bookmaking and possession of restricted weapons, police said.

"We believe we've pierced Italian organized crime," Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Luc Bessette said, adding that the project began two years ago.

The RCMP, Montreal police and Quebec provincial police took part in the raids.

Among those arrested was 82-year-old Nicolo Rizzuto. His son, Vito Rizzuto, was deported to the United States earlier this year to face charges related to the murder of three members of the reputed Bonanno crime family in New York.

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