|The residence of mafioso Salvatore Scoppa was raided by the Sûreté du Québec Tuesday morning in Laval. Scoppa had reportedly been residing in Mexico and Peru. He returned to Quebec with a serious arm injury. |
Salvatore Scoppa is the brother of another influential member of the Montreal mafia, Andrea "Andrew" Scoppa. Like his brother Salvatore, the 53-year-old is linked to heroin and cocaine trafficking. Salvatore Scoppa has not been arrested and is not facing any criminal charges at this time.
|Andrea 'Andrew' Scoppa, 52, was reportedly arrested with other individuals two weeks ago, questioned and then released. Scoppa is considered by police as an influential player in the Montreal Mafia and to have very close contact with the Hells Angels, mobsters and to Greek, Lebanese and Arabic street gangs.|
Scoppa remained on good terms with those who took the reigns after the natural death of Vito Rizzuto in December 2013. He was independent of the factions in the Montreal Mafia and had no part in the struggle for influence that has decimated the Rizzuto clan.
|During the Colosseum investigation by the RCMP on the Montreal mafia between 2001 and 2006, it was learned Andrea Scoppa had been at the heart of a territory dispute with Hells Angels Yves "Led" Leduc. Leduc wanted to eliminate his rival before the murdered mafia leader Moreno Gallo settled the dispute.|
Leduc, 53, was sentenced to over 15 years in prison for drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit murder in the wake of operations 'Ziplock' and 'SharQc'.
|Leduc obtained his release after serving half his sentence in 2014.|
|Andrea Scoppa is the brother of Salvatore Scoppa, formerly a major player in the Montreal Mafia. A reported contract hanging over his head forced him to move away from the city last fall.|
Andrea Scoppa has a reputation for being active in the heroin trade. He was sentenced to six years in prison in 2004 for importing cocaine from the US. Scoppa is also said to have very close links to the Quebec Hells Angels.