Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wolfpack alliance fingered in GTA violence

There have been over a dozen unsolved shootings, explosions and killings in Ontario this year as the result of a power struggle that was sparked off by the December 2013 death of Vito Rizzuto, who was long regarded as Canada’s most powerful mobster. The leadership vacuum has attracted newcomers who are eager to challenge the old guard. It has also triggered intense infighting inside what’s left of the old Rizzuto organization in Ontario.

The genesis of the Wolfpack was the Hells Angels, the Red Scorpions and the Independent Soldiers, who formed an alliance against the Duhre/Dhak group and some United Nations gang members in B.C. While the Dhak/Duhre group has lost strength with the execution of their respective leaders, the UN gang remains well entrenched.

Angelo Musitano was fatally shot in May.

Cosimo (The Quail) Commisso
The Wolfpack is a rapidly evolving group disrupting established organized crime. Their members don’t have blood or ethnic ties or a code of conduct or even a rigid hierarchy. They’re generally young and tech savvy.

In contrast, the ’Ndrangheta is steeped in a highly structured, quasi-religious criminal tradition. The violence is between the newcomers aligned with the Wolfpack, and the old guard in the ’Ndrangheta. The Commisso clan has a branch in the Greater Toronto Area, which is part of the wider Siderno Group.

Larry Amero
Mexican drug cartels have expanded their influence in Canada and have connected with the new aggressive groups like the Wolfpack, providing them limitless access to drugs. The violence between the newcomers aligned with the Wolfpack, and the old guard in the ’Ndrangheta, isn’t expected to end anytime soon, as the Wolfpack has aligned itself with enemies of ’Ndrangheta. Last month police warned two York Region men who are considered senior members of the Commisso family that there are credible threats on their lives. The men declined police protection.