Paolo Renda, brother-in-law and consigliore of the powerful Montreal Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto and supervisor of his financial wing, knew he had enemies more frightening than police as he drove his Infiniti sedan home after a round of golf and buying steaks for a family dinner.
He knew the peremptory grip the Rizzuto clan once held on Quebec’s underworld had been unwillingly loosened and rivals, who had been forced to cower for decades, had finally found their trigger fingers.
And so, on May 20, 2010, when Mr. Renda’s car was pulled over on Montreal’s Gouin Boulevard by a car with flashing lights, and then approached by two men wearing Montreal police jackets, it likely sparked annoyance but not abject fear.
Mr. Renda would not have known it, but the position of the stop seems to have been carefully selected. Video surveillance dotting the streetscape of large family homes ended a…
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