Anthony "Tony" Volpato
Montreal Mafia
    Anthony "Tony" Volpato was born in Padua, Italy in the mid 1940s. The family immigrated to Canada in 1950 and, after living  a few years in Hamilton, Ontario, settled in Montreal.

     He  associated  himself with the Cotroni brothers in the 1970s  and, according to a government report, became involved in drug trafficking, as well as other illegal activities.

     In the early 1980s, police observed Volpato, Frank Cotroni, Frank's son Nicodemo, Guido Orsini, and Domenic Cordeleone during a trip to Italy. It is unclear whether the five  reputed Montreal mobsters were in the European country vacationing or for alterior reasons.
    In 1982, Volpato was involved in  a road rage  incident. He reportedly  assaulted  another driver but the victim later refused to take the stand against him and dropped the charges.

     Volpato was back  in  court  two years later, he  was  again  acquitted of  assault, this time  after  a friend admitted to the court that he, not Volpato, had instigated the fight.

     By then, Volpato was considered by many to have replaced Claude Faber  as Frank Cotroni's right-hand man. He was responsible for looking over Cotroni's Ontario operations, which were being run by Réal Simard, and often travelled there to make sure things ran smoothly.

     When Cotroni visited Toronto, Volpato often  accompanied the  Mafia boss. The two, along  with a couple  of  hulking  bodyguards, usually stayed  at  the 
Sheraton  hotel on Queen street  and would be chauffeured around town by ex-boxer Eddie "The Hurricane" Melo.

     In Montreal, Volpato  moved freely between  the  organization's Calabrian  and Sicilian factions. He was respected by both factions and was often used as a liaison between Frank Cotroni and Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto.

     In the mid 1980s, when Cotroni was charged with the murder of drug dealer Giuseppe Montegano, one of  the  jobs Cotroni  had  on  paper was to be incharge of public relations of a ceramics company owned by Tony Volpato.

     In 1994, police searched Volpato's automobile and found four weapons, including a loaded firearm. He told the court that he purchased the weapons on the black market because he feared for his life. He was fined $2,000 and placed on probation for six months.

     Later that year, on December 8, Volpato, while still on  probation, was picked up  and charged in  a bootleg cigarette  and  alcohol ring. The  police operation, called
Project Cardio, revealed  that Volpato represented  a  mysterious group of investors that was  involved  in the  contraband with  natives from Kahnawake and the well-known Ouellette Family.

     He ended  up being convicted of  being  in  possession of contraband cigaretttes  and fined $8,000. Given  a year to pay the fine, Volpato walked into the court house  two minutes before closing time on the last eligible day and paid the entire fee.

     Volpato  and 23 others, including Frank Cotroni Sr  and Jr, were  arrested  in  a  joint RCMP-MUC operation  against  members of  the  Montreal Mafia  and  the  Daniel Serero Gang. Police  claimed  the network was responsible for importing hundreds, if not thousands, of kilograms of cocaine into North America.

     Volpato was convicted of conspiring to import 180 kilograms of cocaine  and was sentenced to six years. It had  made  almost four years that police were observing Volpato, Cotroni, and other members of the Montreal Mafia and learned that they were connected directly to top drug lords in Colombia.

     He was  released in  March, 1998, after serving one year of  his  six year sentence. Since it was his first federal conviction and the crime he was convicted of was non-violent, Volpato became eligible for parole  after serving  just one-sixth of  his term. Thanks to  media  pressure, this federal regulation has since been changed.

     Volpato served six months in a transition house and then went home. After three years of freedom, he was  arrested  and jailed in August 2001 for breaking his parole. He was allegedly seen meeting with known mobsters.
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