Sunday, June 11, 2023

Girolamo Del Balso busted by Amigo - flashback June 2016

Girolamo Del Balso
On Feb 17, 2016 Girolamo Del Balso was nailed in Arizona with 62kg of cocaine destined for Canada. The brother of Francesco Del Balso was arrested in Arizona after police dog 'Amigo' sniffed out the cocaine in the vehicle he was riding in. Francesco (Chit) Del Balso, was one of six men at the table after Vito Rizzuto was arrested and later jailed in the U.S.
Girolamo Del Balso pulled 8 years.

Francesco (Chit) Del Balso
Francesco 'Chit' Del Balso had a penchant for talking on a cell phone and that provided police with evidence in Project Colisée, a major investigation into the Mafia in Montreal that produced dozens of arrests in 2006. One man involved with the Rizzutos later sarcastically referred to Francesco Del Balso, in court, as “the CEO of Bell” for how chatty he was found to be on police wiretaps. His nickname, 'Chit' is a reference to Del Balso’s fondness for gambling. He was often seen at the Montreal Casino and cops said he was laundering his crime profits. News of the arrest in Arizona came weeks after Del Balso had conditions imposed by the Parole Board of Canada on his statutory release after having reached the two-thirds mark of his 11-year sentence.

Francesco (Chit) Del Balso
The underboss was busted running a sport book through which almost $500m flowed in 11 months. Francesco del Balso ran 25 bookmaking operations in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. In Quebec, del Balso and partner Lorenzo Giordano operated Internet and phone sports books out of houses in Kahnawake, Montreal and Laval.
Francesco Arcadi and Francesco Del Balso were released to halfway houses but following the hit on Lorenzo Giordano the pair have "been returned behind bars to ensure their own safety"

Lorenzo Giordano was gunned down in a parking lot in Laval March 1, months after being released from prison to a halfway house.
In this wiretap clip, Chit Del Balso was checking in with boss Vito Rizzuto. Chit had earlier been given the task of recovering the briefcase that was in the back of businessman Terry Pomerantz's Cadillac Escalade after it was stolen. Vito's men easily recover the Cadillac — but the briefcase is no longer inside. Vito isn't pleased; Chit is sent back out to investigate.

Rocco Sollecito
Over a decade ago, Rocco Sollecito was part of a group of six men who seemed untouchable. The six had been chosen to take charge of the Mafia in Montreal while its leader, Vito Rizzuto, was incarcerated in the United States. Following Rocco Sollecito’s brazen killing on May 30, 2016 only two of those six men remain alive and both were recently returned to federal penitentiaries out of concerns for their safety.
The gunman opened fire into the passenger-side window of Sollecito’s BMW sport utility vehicle at a stop sign.