Trafficker Tied to Boucher, Cazzetta Flipped

Corbeil may not have been a Mafia member, but he certainly was well organized, formally paying his "employees" monthly envelopes and decreeing that all members purchase a Blackberry to communicate with one another.
Drug traffickers have nice houses. This one belongs to a turncoat....

He's clearly tied to the street gangs and apparently the MCs. He also dealt with a Mafia-linked group. But the big question is, does he have any dirt on the Rizzuto bosses arrested last November?

The turncoat headed up a narcotics trafficking network until his arrest last November when 200 police officers hauled away 48 as part of Projects Magot and Mastiff.

One major revelation of this investigation was that the Cosa Nostra, the Hells Angels and major street gangs allegedly worked together to control drug trafficking in Montreal. The groups shared the profits of their drug trafficking operation.

Another major revelation: Patrick "Bart" Corbeil, 43, reputedly headed up "a very active network in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, a district of Montreal." It only took hours following his arrest last November for him to flip; he now works for the police, sources confirmed.

During the Mastiff investigation, several months prior to the arrests, an undercover agent slipped into Corbeil's organization and grew close to him. Corbeil was not a Mafia member, but he was well organized, formally paying his "employees" monthly envelopes and decreeing that all members purchase a Blackberry to communicate with one another.

The agent, not named in reports, carried money for the crew and played a role in the group's payroll. His position "would have allowed police to amass overwhelming evidence."

According to details of the Mastiff search warrants, Corbeil purchased cocaine from three groups: the Mafia-linked Lopez brothers; the Bronzés (apparently a street gang overseen in some capacity by Gregory Wooley (sometimes spelled "Woolley); and one Patrick Williams.

The document also reveals that each month the Corbeil organization paid tribute to Salvatore Cazzetta via Woolley, and also paid money to former head of the Hells Angels' Nomads, Maurice "Mom" Boucher, who is serving life for ordering the murders of two prison guards in the 1990s.

Cazzetta was a reputed Hells Angels leader in Quebec, and was counted as among the MC's most influential members. Ironically, it was Cazzetta who founded the outlaw motorcycle gang the Rock Machine. In 1994, he was convicted in the U.S. and jailed for attempting to smuggle 200 kilograms of cocaine into Canada. He was held for 10 years, long enough to miss the notorious Quebec Biker War, during which the Rock Machine and allies fought the Hells Angels for control of Montreal's street-level drug trade. Fought for an amazingly long time (1994 to 2002) the war ended with around 160 casualties.

Operations Mastiff and Magot (carried out by the Joint Regional Squad (ERM) of Montreal) were merged in 2015.

A December 9, 2015, published report, Maurice Boucher would have received thousands of dollars in prison, noted that "Mom" was still amassing a vast fortune, even while behind bars serving a life sentence (no wonder he's always smiling).

Maurice Boucher is serving a life sentence in ... (PHOTO ROBERT SKINNER, ARCHIVES PRESS)
The indomitable Mom Boucher.

Daniel Renaud, writing for Le Presse, noted (this is a paraphrase of the French-language story translated into English):

From the cell where he was held for nearly 15 years, the former head of the Hells Angels, Maurice Mom Boucher, continued to receive thousands of dollars in payoffs from the sale of narcotics. This is according to an affidavit in support of the search warrants for Operations Magot Mastiff against organized crime in Montreal.... 
The documents indicate that Patrick Corbeil, who ran a major drug trafficking cell in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district, paid monthly fees to three organizations or individuals, including Maurice Boucher. 
Corbeil prepared three envelopes that he [gave to his right-hand man, who in actuality was an undercover agent for the police]. This agent then handed the envelopes to other individuals who were going bring them to the residence of Maurice Boucher's sister, in the borough of Anjou, in the garage of the Salvatore Cazzetta...
Recall that Boucher is serving a life sentence at the Special Handling Unit (SHU) of Archambault penitentiary in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, for the murders of two prison guards committed during the biker war.

Maurice Boucher was also arrested in the operation Mastiff. He and his daughter are accused of plotting to assassinate the boss Raynald Desjardins awaiting sentence for the murder of aspiring godfather Salvatore Montagna.
According to documents, Corbeil also prepared envelopes for members of his drug ring. On average an employee received $ 1,000 a month. Police believe among those he paid was Carlos Fernandez, a member of the Ontario Nomads who also was arrested in Operation Mastiff.

Mastiff was launched in March 2014, with the penetration of the operation by the undercover agent. Corbeil's group used nicknames and BlackBerry devices to communicate via encrypted messages. Police have copies of all the messages, of which there are more than 5 million during a nine-month span.

But December 12, 2014, Corbeil dismissed the agent because he had applied for work at one of his associates in Ottawa without first talking to his boss. 

Nicknames used by alleged members of Corbeil's operation:

  • Patrick Corbeil: Bart, Le Gros
  • Dominique Gauthier: Oakley
  • Franco Lopez: Cappuccino
  • Giuseppe Lopez: Espresso
  • Pasquale Lopez: Cafe Latte
  • David Pepin Massé (player of the North American Hockey League): Semi-Pro

Patrick Williams is suspected of being the leader of another drug trafficking cell.