Organized crime leader Raynald Desjardins back behind bars

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It took Mob boss Raynald Desjardins a little more than a month to be returned behind bars for an alleged breach of one of his release conditions as he continues to serve a sentence for conspiring to murder a Montreal Mafia leader.

A Laval police spokesperson confirmed the police force arrested Desjardins last week on a request from Correctional Service Canada.

Desjardins is serving a 78-month prison term he was left with after he pleaded guilty to having conspired to kill Salvatore Montagna. The Mafia leader was killed on Nov. 24, 2011. Desjardins received an overall sentence of 14 years in 2016, but when the time he had already served was factored in, he was left the 78-month prison term he is currently serving.

Months before Montagna was killed, Desjardins was being investigated in a drug trafficking probe and the RCMP learned that he and Montagna were trying to work together to take control of the Mafia in Montreal, while Vito Rizzuto was incarcerated in the U.S., but they had a falling out early in 2011. In September 2011, someone tried to kill Desjardins in Laval and the RCMP learned that Desjardins reacted by plotting to kill Montagna.

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Desjardins was not previously granted parole and he therefore automatically qualified for an automatic release, on April 15, when he reached the two-thirds mark of the sentence.

One of the conditions attached to the release by the Parole Board of Canada was the requirement that he “not meet or communicate non-incidentally with people whom you know are involved or suspect to be involved or know have been involved in criminal activities and/or (tied to drug trafficking).”

Correctional Service Canada and the Parole Board of Canada would not comment on the reasons behind Desjardins’s arrest. According to a report published by La Presse, Desjardins breached the condition by associating with Jean-Charles Denommé, 32, a man who was convicted, in 2014, following a large-scale drug trafficking investigation dubbed Project Carcan. The report quotes anonymous sources who said Denommé appeared to be acting as Desjardins’s bodyguard.

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Denommé, who was considered the leader of the drug trafficking network targeted in Project Carcan, was caught with a loaded firearm when he was first arrested in the probe in 2011 and he was caught carrying another firearm while he was out on bail in 2013.

The following year, Denommé pleaded guilty to the drug trafficking and weapons charges filed against him in Project Carcan as well as charges related to how he continued dealing in cocaine while out on bail. He was sentenced to a 10-year prison term.

In 2019, when the Parole Board of Canada turned down Denommé for both day and full parole, he was described as a former associate of the Hells Angels. A written summary of that decision describes how he was turned down for a release, in part, because guards suspected Denommé was using drones to smuggle contraband into a penitentiary.

When Denommé reached his statutory release date, in October last year, the parole board imposed a similar condition on him, ordering that he not associate with people tied to organized crime. According to La Presse, his statutory release was also suspended.

Desjardins’s release is currently suspended and it will likely be up to the Parole Board of Canada to determine whether it will be revoked.

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