A drug trafficker with known ties to the Hells Angels who once clashed with the Rizzuto organization has been granted full parole after he convinced his parole officers he is a changed man.
Sergio Piccirilli, 62, is by his own admission a childhood friend of Salvatore Cazzetta, 67, a leader among the Hells Angels in Quebec. Piccirilli was also once a member of the Devils Ghosts, a support club of the notorious biker gang. Also, during 2005 and 2006, he had a part in a very heated dispute between the Rizzuto organization and a group based in Granby involved in smuggling marijuana into the U.S.
The conflict emerged while the Rizzuto organization was being investigated in a probe dubbed Project Colisée and Piccirilli was recorded on wiretaps referring to leaders in the Montreal Mafia as “idiots.”
He is serving a sentence of nine years and nine months that he received in May 2016 after his conviction on several charges, including gangsterism; conspiracy to possess drugs with the intent to traffic; instructing a person to commit a criminal offence for an organized crime group; conspiring to import and export controlled substances; and offences related to firearms.