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'Congratulations': Undercover agent inducted into Mafia in secret ceremony captured on video
    #24778961 - 11/13/17 01:38 AM (4 days, 21 hours ago)

'Congratulations': Undercover agent inducted into Mafia in secret ceremony captured on video by police

The incident was an unexpected highlight in a large drugs, guns and money probe snaring alleged mob figures on both sides of the Canada-U.S. borders


Adrian Humphreys
November 9, 2017 9:15 PM EST Last Updated November 10, 2017 3:55 PM EST

An undercover police agent was formally inducted into the Mafia in Canada while authorities secretly video taped the initiation ceremony, an unexpected highlight in a large drugs, guns and money probe snaring alleged mob figures on both sides of the Canada-U.S. borders.

In November 2015, a mobster in the Bonanno crime family — one of the infamous Five Families of the Mafia in New York City — traveled to Canada to conduct the induction ceremony, according to U.S. authorities.

The new member was told to report back to a captain in the Bonanno organization, prosecutors allege.

What the gangsters didn’t know is the recruit was an undercover agent cooperating with police on both sides of the border and video and audio of the ceremony was secretly recorded.

The induction, involving at least five men, was allegedly presided over by Damiano Zummo, 44, an acting captain in the Bonanno crime family.

“The reason why we’re here is from this day forward, you’re gonna be an official member of the Bonanno family,” Zummo says, according to a transcript of the ceremony.

“It’s already — from this guy, this guy, this guy — everybody approved it, so from this day forward, you’re a member of the Bonanno family. Congratulations,” said Zummo.

“Thank you,” the recruit said.

The new member was then formally introduced to other members using the traditional Mafia code of calling a made man a “friend of ours,” and then old the internal hierarchy of he reports to, called a captain or skipper.

“And now I want to introduce you to John. John, friend of ours with the Bonanno. John, (name of agent deleted), friend of ours with the Bonanno. Now, your captain is (name deleted.)”

“Okay,” said the recruit.

“He’s our skipper. (Nickname of Bonanno member deleted), is our acting… You’re gonna be in our regime,” Zummo allegedly said.

“Okay.”

“You only answer to the Bonanno family.”

Unless portions of the ceremony have not yet been revealed, it is a stripped and inelegant version of the traditional Mafia ceremony which typically included a blood oath and burning of a picture of a Catholic saint.

The ceremony highlights the remarkable depth of the police penetration during the collaborative Canadian-U.S. probe.

“The recording of a secret induction ceremony is an extraordinary achievement for law enforcement and deals a significant blow to La Cosa Nostra,” said Bridget M. Rohde, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

The RCMP was reticent to discuss the coup, with RCMP Supt. Chris Leather only saying the probe “directly infiltrated the highest levels of traditional organized crime operating in the area.”

The probe, codenamed Project OTremens, began when “a unique opportunity presented itself to the RCMP in 2013,” he said.

“We had an opportunity to infiltrate some higher echelon traditional organized crime groups… Because of the cooperation of someone who is respected by traditional organized crime in both countries.”

The guns, drugs and money probe ended with charges against nine people in Canada, including Domenico and Giuseppe Violi, of Hamilton, Ont., the sons of former Montreal Mafia boss Paolo Violi who was killed in 1978 by members of the rival Rizzuto crime family.

Domenico Violi was taken into custody early Thursday while Giuseppe, known as Joe, was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.

The Violi brothers are “well established, influential; they have an international reach and are significant players in organized crime,” Leather said.

The probe revealed, however, that infiltration can go both ways.

The RCMP admitted investigators discovered firsthand the power of organized crime to corrupt officials — in this case, a civilian member of the Toronto police charged with 20 counts of breach of trust for allegedly making police database queries on behalf of the criminal organization to further a criminal enterprise, police said.

Erin Maranan, was charged last year for searches on several people, two of whom were later killed, but the connection to the larger probe was not revealed at the time.

The four-year investigation also shows the traditional cross-border rectangle of Mafia organizations from 60 years ago remains intact: Hamilton-Buffalo-Montreal-New York.

Among those arrested in Canada are members of the Todaro organized crime family, based in Buffalo, according to U.S. authorities. The Todaro crime group was built by the now-deceased Joseph (Lead Pipe Joe) Todaro, Sr., who took over the Buffalo Mafia once led by the influential boss Stefano (The Undertaker) Magaddino.

The operation spanned from British Columbia to Quebec and south to the United States; officials in Italy, Mexico, Colombia and the Netherlands were also involved.

Police in Canada seized fentanyl, carfentanil, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD and blackmarket gaming machines. Also seized during the probe were contraband cigarettes linked to the Toronto-area Commisso crime clan, police said.

In the U.S., in a separate but related investigation, four New York residents were arrested, including Zummo; all have links to two infamous NY Mafia families, the Bonannos and the Gambino family once led by John Gotti, authorities said.

The U.S. men variously face gun, drug and loansharking charges. Police seized an arsenal of three automatic assault rifles, a semi-automatic rifle, five handguns and a suppressor.

In one drug transaction, Zummo allegedly sold more than a kilogram of cocaine inside a Manhattan gelato store.

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http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/congratulations-undercover-agent-inducted-into-mafia-in-secret-ceremony-in-canada-captured-on-video-by-police


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Re: 'Congratulations': Undercover agent inducted into Mafia in secret ceremony captured on video [Re: D.M.T]
    #24779904 - 11/13/17 12:59 PM (4 days, 10 hours ago)

Why anyone does undercover work is nuts.


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Re: 'Congratulations': Undercover agent inducted into Mafia in secret ceremony captured on video [Re: marbletulip]
    #24780260 - 11/13/17 03:03 PM (4 days, 7 hours ago)

Yep, those dude's will ruin your day real quick.


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Re: 'Congratulations': Undercover agent inducted into Mafia in secret ceremony captured on video [Re: sir_spins_alot] * 1
    #24780338 - 11/13/17 03:40 PM (4 days, 7 hours ago)

I know one thing.  The guy who introduced this agent to the family is sleeping with the fishes right now.


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Re: 'Congratulations': Undercover agent inducted into Mafia in secret ceremony captured on video [Re: sir_spins_alot]
    #24780401 - 11/13/17 04:12 PM (4 days, 6 hours ago)

Quote:

and blackmarket gaming machines




Dafuq :confused:


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Re: 'Congratulations': Undercover agent inducted into Mafia in secret ceremony captured on video [Re: musiclover420]
    #24780565 - 11/13/17 05:30 PM (4 days, 5 hours ago)

This guy I know makes them
puts like every single videogame ever on a rasperry pi board and sells it with controllers


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Re: 'Congratulations': Undercover agent inducted into Mafia in secret ceremony captured on video [Re: Konyap] * 2
    #24780699 - 11/13/17 06:20 PM (4 days, 4 hours ago)

They're most likely video poker or sports betting machines.

The Mafia provides customers and keeps competition at bay for video poker machine companies in exchange for a cut of the proceeds. (ie. if a business wants to switch poker machine companies, the mob will warn them it's in their best interest not to.) In recent years the mob has started operating a number of sports betting websites in Costa Rica, where they can't easily be shut down by US authorities.

The most interesting thing to me this article suggests is that they've started importing Dutch LSD into Canada and the US. Would not have guessed the Mafia is even a player at all in the LSD business, but I guess it shouldn't really come as a surprise.


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