Sabatino "Sam" Nicolucci
Montreal Mafia
    Sabatino  Nicolucci, called “Sam” or “Sammy,” was  born  around 1947. He is a reputed long-time member of the Montreal mafia and has drug convictions on his criminal record dating back to the early 1970s.

     In September, 1985, Sam Nicolucci and William Papier were found guilty  of  importing  narcotics, after  police  seized 12.6 kilograms  of cocaine in Vancouver.

     The  shipment, worth  an  estimated  $2  million  at  the  time, was reportedly  destined  for  the  United States for  distribution. Both  men were sentenced to 14 years in prison. Nicolucci was  released in 1991, after serving less than half his sentence.
    Nicolucci was relaxing in a Jean-Talon Street strip club one day in August, 1994, when members of a Colombian drug cartel  barged in  and  kidnapped him  at gun point. Nicolucci was first flown to Miami  and then brought to Colombia. Nicolucci had  allegedly raked up a $1.7 million drug debt  and the Colombians planned to hold him as ransom until they were paid.

     That same month, the RCMP ended  a four-year sting operation, charging 47 reputed underworld figures. Police had established  a phoney money-change house on Peel Street in 1990 and lured some pretty big fish into their  net. Nicolucci, who was  nowhere to be found, faced 233 counts, including laundering  $31 million  and  conspiring  to  import  over  400  kilograms  of  cocaine. Other  reputed mobsters  charged  were  Vincenzo  Di Maulo,  Domenico Tozzi,  Emanuele  Ragusa,  and  Valentino Morielli.

     Although  police  originally  suspected  that  Nicolucci  had  been  killed, the reputed mobster was picked  up by  police in  Colombia on  February 22, 1995. After 18 months in that  country’s  prison system, he was extradited to Canada in late May, 1996. There had been reports that a drug cartel had threatened to attack the Canadian embassy in Colombia if Nicolucci was extradited, local newspapers said.

     On  December 12, 1997, after  a  three  month  trial, Nicolucci  was  found guilty on 172 counts, including  charges of  conspiring  to  import  over 400 kilograms of  cocaine  and  of  laundering $31 million in drug money.

     Nicolucci  sought  leniency  from  the  court. He  allegedly  argued  that by  establishing a phoney money-change house, the RCMP created a way for people to commit crime. He also said  authorities placed his life in danger by seizing the over $1 million his  associates were putting together to pay off his Colombian kidnappers.

     Supreme  Court Justice  Jerry  Zigman  was  apparently  not  convinced. He sentenced Nicolucci to 19 years in prison, with the  condition that  he  serve half of  the term before becoming eligible for parole. He  also  ordered  Nicolucci  to  serve  the rest of  his 14 year 1985  drug  conviction  before starting his other sentence.
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