Alleged Montreal Mafia leader Francesco Del Balso back in prison

The 11-year sentence Del Balso was given in 2008, after he pleaded guilty to cocaine smuggling and a gangsterism charge, ends on Nov. 14.




Francesco Del Balso was released in January after serving a 30-day sentence he received in December for threatening a reporter, but was ordered to continue following a series of conditions because the sentence he received in Project Colisée does not expire until October. Marcos Townsend / Montreal Gazette files

Alleged Montreal Mafia leader Francesco Del Balso is back in prison.

In January, Del Balso was granted conditional release on the lengthy sentence he is serving, despite having admitted only a month earlier that he threatened a reporter.

On Tuesday, Correctional Services Canada said Del Balso is now behind bars, though it would not confirm media reports that his statutory release was revoked because he was on Montreal Island, violating a condition.

Correctional Services said Del Balso’s sentence expires in just over two weeks — on Nov. 14.

He is serving the 11-year sentence he was given in October 2008, after he pleaded guilty to cocaine smuggling and a gangsterism charge related to how he acted as a leader in the Rizzuto organization between 2002 and 2006.

Del Balso’s previous conditional release was suspended in December 2018 after he was arrested for threatening the life of Félix Séguin, a TVA reporter. Séguin had reported a story alleging that Del Balso was extorting protection money from restaurant owners in Quebec City.

Del Balso was upset over how the report included details on where he lived.

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