By D'Arcy O'Connor
Their names resonate with prepared crime in Montreal: the Matticks, MacAllisters, Johnstons and Griffins, and Peter Dunie Ryan. they're the Irish identical of the notorious Rizzuto and Cotroni households, and the "Mom" Bouchers and Walter Stadnicks of the Hells Angels. Award-winning manufacturer, journalist and writer D’Arcy O’Connor narrates the genesis and upward push to strength of 1 of Montreal’s strongest, violent and colourful legal companies. it's the West finish Gang, whose contributors managed the docks and fought the Hells Angels and Mafia for his or her proportion of the city’s prostitution, playing, personal loan sharking and drug dealing. every now and then, they didn't disdain forging alliances with rival gangs whilst large gains have been at stake, or while a killing had to be carried out.
The West finish Gang—the Irish Mafia of Montreal—is a mythical beast. They sprang out of the impoverished southwest of the town, a few searching for how you can earn sufficient simply to continue to exist, a few short of greater than a task in an abattoir or on a development web site. In that experience, they have been no varied from different immigrants from Italy and different ecu nations. A shortcut to wealth was once their universal objective. And Montreal, with its burgeoning post-WWII inhabitants, was once ripe for the picking.
The Irish Mob made headlines with a dazzling Brinks theft in 1976, utilizing the money to dealer a tremendous heroin and cocaine trafficking ring. It took over the Port of Montreal, controlling the circulation of gear into the town, medicinal drugs which the Mafia funnelled to big apple. The West finish Gang had connections to the cocaine cartel in Colombia; cannabis agents in Morocco and France; and marijuana growers in Mexico. the crowd imported medicines on a huge scale. One bust that came about off the coast of Angola in 2006 concerned 22.5 tonnes of cannabis, destined for Montreal.
The West finish Gang is a ripping story that unveils yet one more bankruptcy in Montreal’s colourful legal underworld.