Drug trafficker Vincenzo Armeni murdered in Laval

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The drug trafficker Vincenzo Armeni murdered in Laval

A man in his 60s was shot and killed on the grounds of a shopping center located on the service road of Highway 440, near Le Corbusier Boulevard, in Laval.

According to our information, Vincenzo Armeni, a 66-year-old drug trafficker, was shot dead Tuesday morning in the parking lot of a Laval shopping center.

The Laval Police Service indicated that the authorities were called around 7:46 a.m. to the land next to a ceramics business, located along Highway 440, near Boulevard Le Corbusier.

At the scene, officers discovered the lifeless body of a 66-year-old man, hit by multiple firearm bullets, lying next to a white SUV. His death was pronounced at the scene.

According to our information, the business in front of which Armeni was shot would serve as a facade for a Sicilian mafia hideout.

Vincenzo Armeni had been sentenced to several sentences for drug trafficking, including one of 19 years in prison in 2007 for importing hundreds of kilos of cocaine into Canada.

Shortly after these events, police discovered a burnt-out black SUV in a parking lot at the intersection of 71st Avenue and 1st Street, in the Chomedey district of Laval. This vehicle could be linked to this assassination.

We currently have investigators on site. We have the command post which is on the scene, and there is the forensic identification service of the Sûreté du Québec to analyze the scene, confirmed Sergeant Catherine Bernard, spokesperson for the SQ.

The suspect(s) are still being sought by investigators, who are also trying to find witnesses to the murder in order to learn more about the case. The motive for the murder remains to be determined.

Police have not confirmed the identity of the victim at the time of this writing.

A sport utility vehicle was found burned a few kilometers from the crime scene, near the Lachapelle bridge, in the Chomedey district.

Arrested in 2006 in connection with a record seizure of 250 kilograms of high-purity cocaine from one of his accomplices, Vincenzo Armeni was then considered one of the largest drug importers in Canada. The contents of this seizure alone accounted for 10% of all cocaine seized in Canada in 2006.

According to investigators, Armeni at the time stored up to 761 kilograms of cocaine in the residence of his accomplice. This represented more than $50 million in possible profit for the man who was married with two children.

In 2007, he was sentenced to 19 years in prison for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

The man with a lengthy criminal record was already on parole for a previous 10-year prison sentence received in another cocaine importation case. He had also received two other 4-year and 7-year prison sentences in the past for similar cases.

Vincenzo Armeni was released on several conditions in 2020.

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