| Conrad Bouchard started in the Montreal underworld by singing Italian operatic melodies in mafia owned night clubs. He befriended many mobsters and was soon working alongside Peter "The Russian" Stepanoff and Giuseppe "Pep" Cotroni in narcotics trafficking, armed robberies, and fencing stolen bonds.
The organization's second-in-command, Luigi Greco, took a liking to Bouchard and decided to "school" him in the life. Bouchard wasn't partically well-liked by most underworld figures but his relationship to Greco kept him breathing. He even bought a house next door to the Underboss and they spent a lot of time together.
In June 1959, police tracked Bouchard, accompanying Giuseppe Cotroni and René Robert, on a trip to New York City to meet with drug traffickers.
The singer-turned-gangster ran into serious legal problems in the late 1960s. He was linked to two enormous frauds in 1966. A Quebec City branch of the Provincial Bank reported a loss of $110,000 and
|the Canadian Acceptance Corporation in Montreal was taken for $269,000. Bouchard was also charged in a $723,000 armed robbery at a Laval bank and for receiving a share of the profits from another bank robbery. He was convicted on the crimes but only received a 30 month jail sentence.
Bouchard was again arrested in June 1969 and charged with conspiring to manufacture and distribute hundreds of thousands of counterfeit six-cent stamps. Things got even worse for him when, while out on bail, he was implicated in a sophisticated million-dollar scam involving a bank and two firms.
With all of his legal expenses, Bouchard sunk deeper into drug trafficking. But police tracked all of his movements and took notes as he met with known traffickers. Narcotics Squad officers burst into Bouchard's hotel room on January 15, 1972 and arrested him. He tried desperately to hide an address book into his waistband but it was confiscated. He was charged with conspiring to import heroin and of drug possession and was released on bail.
Luigi Greco, Bouchard's mentor and Underboss of the organization, died in a chemical fire in his pizzeria in 1972. Bouchard was devestated by the unfortunate news paid his respects to his teacher by singing Schubert's "Ave Maria" at the religious ceremony.
Police kept the pressure on Conrad Bouchard and an agent managed to infiltrate his narcotics network. Even more harmful evidence was gathered against the mobster and, in 1974, Bouchard was was seen as beyond rehabilitation and sentenced to life imprisonment. He died of cancer in 1995.