Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Dean Copkov whacked in double killing

Dean Ilia Copkov, 52, has been identified as one of two men killed in a double slaying in Collingwood, Ont., last week, shortly before he was due to be sentenced in Montreal on drug offences. Copkov and Donovan Bass, 42, both of Wasaga Beach, Ont., were killed. The drug smuggling case involved Copkov and Raynald Desjardins, right-hand man of Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto. Dubbed Project Célibataire, it involved a conspiracy between January 2011 and June 2012 to smuggle cocaine and hashish into Canada.
Cameron Gardiner, 57 was arrested.Copkov made headlines in 1993 when he was one of four men who escaped from a minimum-security prison, where he was serving time for shooting a man in the leg. Copkov eventually turned himself in to police, arriving in a stretch limousine. Copkov’s associates included Johnny Raposo, who was murdered in June 2012.