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The Montreal, Canada

Narcotics Ring

and Charles Lucky Luciano

Published by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr. at Smashwords

Copyright 2018 by Robert Grey Reynolds Jr.

On Saturday, August 4, 1951 U.S. and Canadian agents broke up the Canadian base for a Rome-New York-Montreal narcotics operation. Police surmised that the criminal organization was masterminded by former New York Mafioso Charles Lucky Luciano (1897-1962).

The gangster had been deported from the United States some years earlier. Luciano’s input was crucial to the development of the National Crime Syndicate. Along with his cronies Lucky became the first boss of the Genovese crime family.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police held five men in $56,000 bail after arresting them for narcotics possession. The men were also charged with selling narcotics and conspiracy to obtain drugs illegally, for an international syndicate.

Linked to Lucky Luciano, law enforcement reported that the drug combine was the largest in Canadian history. After his 1946 parole the gangster was deported to Sicily. His prison sentence was shortened for services he rendered for the U.S. government in World War II. Specifically, he had recruited mobsters who ran the New York City docks. They had kept their eye out for Nazi saboteurs. Luciano was imprisoned in 1936. Charged with forced prostitution, he was sentenced from 30 to 50 years in jail at Dannemora, a New York Federal Prison.

After Prohibition ended on December 5, 1933 Lucky Luciano stepped up his drug trafficking activities. Making deals with Corsican suppliers Spirito and Carbone, the Sicilian rerouted heroin. Originally it had been produced legally by Italian pharmaceutical companies.

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