Three arrested as Montreal police investigate suspected hitman

Police say the probe is centred around Frederick Silva and “murders that occurred between 2017 and 2018 in Montreal and Laval.”

Police secure the area around the site of an overnight murder in Laval, Oct. 12, 2018. Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette

Three people were arrested Friday morning as the Montreal police continue to probe a series of unsolved murders they believe might have been the work of suspected hitman Frederick Silva.

Frederick Silva

The arrests were made Friday morning as the Montreal police continued to carry out an investigation they have dubbed Project Mégalo. In a statement, the police force stated that the probe is centred around Silva and “murders, that occurred between 2017 and 2018, in Montreal and Laval.” According to the statement, “Investigators also proceeded with a search warrant that allowed them to build on the evidence in different cases.”

Silva was arrested in February after being on Quebec’s Top Ten Most Wanted list for several months. He is charged with the murder of a Concordia University student who was shot in 2017 as well as the murder of a man who was killed last year at a Laval car dealership. He is also charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting in Terrebonne that left Salvatore Scoppa, the brother of alleged Montreal Mafia leader Andrea Scoppa, wounded. Salvatore Scoppa was murdered weeks ago in Laval after Silva was arrested and behind bars.

A police spokesperson said he was unable to comment on whether the suspects will be charged Friday or what they might be charged with.

This story will be updated.

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