Canada Arrests 14 on Drug Charges
Jul. 16, 1998
MONTREAL (AP) _ Police in Canada and three other countries have arrested 14 suspects in an international drug trafficking ring, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Wednesday.
Most were arrested in Montreal and Toronto. The others were arrested in the United States, Mexico and Italy.
RCMP Inspector Ben Soave said the target of the investigation was a crime family that runs one of the largest drug-smuggling and money-laundering organization in the world.
He described the alleged leader, Alfonso Caruana, who was arrested in Woodbridge, Ontario, as ``an organized crime icon.''
``If organized crime was a hockey game, Mr. Caruana would be (Wayne) Gretzky,'' said Soave, referring to the pro hockey superstar.
Police said the investigation lasted two years and led to the seizure of 200 kilograms of cocaine. The arrested will be charged with drug trafficking and conspiracy to import.