Montagna gunned down fleeing drug dealer's house

Why was The Ironworker killed
outside the home of a drug
dealer?
A convicted drug trafficker remains in custody on an "alleged parole violation" after he was questioned by police about the hit on former Bonanno boss Salvatore Montagna, which took place inside a house the drug dealer owns, reports the MontrealGazette.com.

"Jack Arthur Simpson, 69, was arrested in Ottawa on Monday for allegedly violating his parole on a 28-year sentence he is serving for attempting to ship 300 kilograms of cocaine from California to New York in 1996," the article reports.

"Donnie Brasco" got the Bonannos
kicked off the Commission, fueling
their dive into the drug business.
Police believe Montagna, 40, was killed as he exited the house owned by Simpson, or that he was shot inside and ran outside to elude the gunman -- and additional bullets.

No charges were expected to be filed as a result of the questioning.Officials did not reveal how Simpson is alleged to have violated his parole.

What is not clear is whether Simpson was present at the location when Montagna was shot -- or why the mobster was even there, on a small island that is part of the Canadian municipality of Charlemagne.

One interesting coincidence strikes us -- the Bonannos have long been considered to be the crime family most closely aligned with drug trafficking, especially after the Donnie Brasco situation got them kicked off the Commission, cutting them off from the lucrative high-profile rackets shared by the families. 

Perhaps Sal was in the drug business -- on his own, or in conjunction with the mob, and a deal soured. Or perhaps a meeting on a totally different subject just happened to occur in a home owned by a drug dealer, who may not have even been there at the time. It's either drugs, or considering the isolation (a small island?) a planned ambush, we at CNNews believe.

Montagna was deported to Canada from the United States in 2009 and resided on the South Shore of Montreal.

Montreal police believe during 2011, Montagna tried to generate a consensus over who should assume control over the Mafia in Montreal, the article reports.

In another news story, there were indications that perhaps the mob was showing signs that it had lost its respect for The Ironworker.

"A small group of friends and family gathered in Montreal to pay their final respects to the made man who once led the Bonanno crime family in New York," reports CTV Montreal.

"The funeral for Salvatore 'The Ironworker' Montagna was intimate, with about 70 people gathered at Our Lady of Pompei Church for an intimate ceremony."

Don't know how "intimate" 70 people is. Albert Anastasia -- who was whacked for committing a variety of mob violations in the late 1950s -- supposedly had 15 mourners at his funeral. That, I would consider sparse, and a sign that he was considered an outcast by the Mafia.

Was Sal an outcast? Take my "poll."


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