Montreal Hells Angels boss arrested in his cell in sweeping organized crime raids. Members of the Hells Angels, street gangs and the son of ...
Members of the Hells Angels, street gangs and the son of Vito Rizzuto were targeted in major raids this morning targeting organized crime in the Montreal area, Quebec police say.
Maurice "Mom" Boucher, who at one time headed the Montreal chapter of the Hells Angels, was arrested in his cell as part of the raids, investigators said.
Others include Gregory Wooley, Stefano Sollicito and Leonardo Rizzuto, all believed to be organized crime leaders.
Loris Cavaliere, a lawyer who has represented members of the Rizzuto crime family, was also targeted.
Police say 48 people were arrested in all.
The RCMP, Quebec provincial police and Montreal police offered details of the raids at a news conference this morning.
Those arrested were key players in organized crime at a national level, the Mounties say.
Police say they seized firearms, cash, cell phones and Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Those arrested are expected to face a series of charges including gangsterism, conspiracy to commit murder and drugs and firearms charges.
The raids targeted "different strains of organized crime in link with the control of the territory, the supply and the distribution of drugs in Montreal," Quebec provincial police Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau said
She said roughly 200 police officers took part in the operation.
Court appearances have been set in Montreal and Longueuil, on Montreal's South shore, for 2 p.m. today.