Joseph "Little Joe" Horvath
    The youngest child in  a family of Hungarian immigrants, Joseph Horvath was born in 1930. He grew  up in Montreal's dangerous red light  district, surrounded by  the city's criminal element. He became involved in  illegal activities as a  teenager, working for some of  the biggest names in Montreal's underworld, and would become known as "Little Joe" and "Joe Valentine".

     His first major conflict with the law came in 1949 when Horvath
was arrested following a violent robbery. He escaped before his trail and, when he was finally captured, received a five year sentence.

     Upon his release, Horvath became  associated with the  Montreal Mafia through lieutenant Nicola "Cola" Di Iorio. He was employed at Di Iorio's
Victoria Sporting Club, the organization's most  profitable gambling den. He was also a burglary specialist and, later on, moved
into drug trafficking supplying heroin to the Palmer brothers gang in Vancouver. He moved to the north-west suburb of Pierrefonds and claimed to make a living as a bricklayer.

     The Narcotics Squad tracked Horvath as he travelled throughout Europe in July 1969. He was seen meeting with people  in London, Barcelona, Rome, and Munich  and returned to Montreal on August 5. A week later, he had  an important meeting with the organization's head, Vic "The Egg" Cotroni, most likely to discuss the details of his trip.

     On March 25, 1970, police  listened  in on  a telephone conversation  between "Little Joe"  and fellow  mobster Frank Dasti. Although they  used codes, it was obvious the two  were discussing drug shipments. Over the next few months, the Narcotics Squad  recorded dozens of such phone conversations about drugs and meetings.

     Because of  increased police attention, Horvath withdrew from trafficking heroin  and cocaine and became  highly involved  in importating  of hundreds of  kilograms of hashish. The drug  was brought over from Afganistan and then distributed to members of the Satan's Choice biker gang.

     The RCMP exposed Horvath's hashish network on May 11, 1972. He and six underlings were arrested and charged with conspiring to import hashish. They were all arraigned in Criminal Court the same day and released on $5,000 bail each.

     While out on bail, Horvath resumed  his heroin trafficking  activities with the  organization. He was arrested again on March 1, 1974 after  a federal grand jury in Milwaukee, Wisconsin indicted him for conspiring to traffic in narcotics.

     Joe Horvath died of throat cancer  in Saint-Luc Hospital on April 10, 1974. He  remained loyal to his  associates until the end, planning  to take upon himself the entire  blame for the Milwaukee charges. He passed away before he could do that. He was 45 years old.
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