Michel Pozza
   Michel Corrado Celestino Pozza was born in the northern Italian city of Trento and immigrated to Canada  at a young age. University educated and gifted with a superior intelligence, Pozza wasn't an  average mobster. Luigi Greco, the Montreal Underboss, saw  Pozza potential  and took  him under his wing. By the 1960s, he  was considered to be  Greco's right-hand man. One of  the organization's chief  money launderers, he moved  about freely between the family's Calabrian and Sicilian wings.  

     When Paolo Violi married Grazia Luppino in Hamilton on July 10, 1965, Pozza accompanied Luigi Greco to the ceremony. Also making the journey from Montreal was Vic Cotroni, who scted as Violi's best man, and Jos Di Maulo.

     In 1973, police officials  affirmed  to the  Commission d'enquete sur  le crime organisé (CECO) that Pozza was in fact an important  and influential member of the Calabrian faction of the Montreal Mafia.

     Through  Salvatore Catalano of  the  Bonanno Family, Pozza  first  met with Vito Ciancimino, the former Mayor of Palermo, in 1979. The meeting took place  in Mondello, near Palermo. The  two, allegedly, met  to discuss drug trafficking.

     In the late 1970s, as the Sicilian and Calabrian factions of  the Montreal
Montreal Mafia
Mafia battled for control, Pozza  was seen more  and more  around the Rizzutos  and less  around the Cotronis.

     In November 1980, Pozza, Vito and Nick Rizzuto, and Joe Lopresti were  among the guests at the wedding of Sicilian mob boss Giuseppe Bono at the
Hotel Pierre in New York. Bono, at the time, was the leader of the Bolognetta Family in Milan.  

     Pozza was called to  a meeting with Vic Cotroni in the early 1980s to explain his relationship  with the Sicilian faction. But the  gathering proved unproductive  and, as they left, Frank Cotroni turned  to Réal Simard, who later turned informant, and explained that "something has to be done about him."

     In 1982, as Pozza worked as the Treasurer for the
C&C Credit company on Papineau avenue, the CECO began to investigate organized crime ties  in the garment  industry. Because of  his  relationship with the International Ladies Garmennt Workers Union, was among those set to be called to testify.

     But Pozza never  had to go  before the Commission. On the  night of  September 17, 1982, he met Réal Simard for a drink. The next morning, as the two talked in front of  Pozza's Mont-Rolland home, Simard produced  a .22-calibre pistol  and shot the  money launderer several times, including twice  in the head. He was 57 years old. 

     Pozza had been kept under police surveillance but the watch had been called off that night because of  a shortage of manpower. Inside his home, police found phone numbers and  addresses in Palermo and  a cheque  worth $5 million  with the  signature of  Vito Caincimino, one of  Sicily's most famous politicians. The money, according to police, was the proceeds of narcotics trafficking.
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