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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Rizzuto associate pleads guilty to massive drug traffickiing conspiracy

A New York based mobster has pleaded guilty in an American court to taking part in a massive drug trafficking conspiracy that has deep ties to Montreal.
According to a statement issued Thursday by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Alessandro Taloni, described by authorities as an alleged “associate of the Rizzuto organized crime family,” entered the plea in a courthouse in Brooklyn, N.Y. He admitted to trafficking in more than 80 kilograms of cocaine and laundering millions of dollars in narcotics proceeds.
As part of the plea agreement, Taloni is expected to forfeit more than $2 million when sentenced and faces a prison term of at least 10 years. The charges brought against Taloni are part of a case that involves several men from the Montreal area, including alleged ring leader Jimmy Cournoyer, who is expected to have his trial in New York soon. Cournoyer, who is detained in the U.S., grew up in the Laurentians and lived north of Montreal while investigated. He has generated many headlines in the Big Apple for his lavish lifestyle and ties to many celebrities. When he was arrested, he was found to be in possession of a telephone number for Vito Rizzuto, the reputed head of the Mafia in Montreal, as well as several other major organized crime figures in Montreal.
“Taloni was charged with narcotics and money laundering offences as a part of an indictment in which 10 members of a Montreal-based drug distribution organization affiliated with the Rizzuto and Bonanno crime families, the Hells Angels, and the (Mexican-based) Sinaloa Cartel have been charged with trafficking over $1 billion worth of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy into the United States between 1998 and 2012,” the attorney’s office said through the statement.
The attorney’s office credited several police forces for the investigation, including the Laval police.
Taloni, part of the Bonanno crime family, was alleged to have acted as Cournoyer’s distributor in the U.S. and “was personally sent from Montreal to Los Angeles to receive those drug proceeds (from the sale of marijuana) and to purchase cocaine from the Mexican sources.”
Police seized approximately $1 million and 49 kilograms of cocaine found during searches of Taloni’s Mercedes-Benz, his residence in Beverly Hills and a stash house in the same city in California.



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