Mafia boss Montreal
November 26, 2011 by staff
Salvatore Montagna’s corpse was found lying in snow on a small island near Repentigny, Que.
The 40-year-old was said by the FBI to have once been the acting boss of the notorious Bonanno crime family.
Nicknamed “Sal The Iron Worker”, Montagna owned and operated a successful steel business in the US.
His death is the latest in a series of Mafia-related ‘hits’ and disappearances over the last two years.
He was considered a contender to take over the decimated Rizzuto family.
A provincial police spokesman said that a private citizen called after seeing a body along the shores of the L’Assomption River. He also reported hearing gunshots.
A post mortem is being held to determine the cause of death.
Montagna was born in Montreal but raised in Sicily and, although he moved to the United States at 15, he never obtained US citizenship.
The married father of three was deported to Canada from the United States in 2009 because of a conviction for refusing to testify before a grand jury on illegal gambling.
He pleaded guilty to the minor charge, but it made him ineligible to stay in the US. Montagna had no criminal record in Canada and re-entered without trouble.
His arrival in Montreal occurred just months before members of the Rizzuto family began being killed.
The Bonanno crime family is one of the five largest Mafia families in New York – one of the notorious criminal gangs that formed the original Commission, along with Al Capone and Lucky Luciano.
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