Reputed mobster's body found near Montreal

A man found dead in Blainville on Sunday night is Joe Di Maulo, a reputed high-level member of the Mafia.

The identity of the body was confirmed this morning by Quebec provincial police.

Di Maulo, 70, was found Sunday night by the Sûreté du Québec, which had responded to a call from the Blainville police service asking for assistance with a suspicious death.

The body was discovered in the parking lot of a residence on Blainvillier Road.

Di Maulo has been a key figure in Montreal's organized crime since the 1970s.

"This shooting shows how complicated this chessboard is in Montreal," investigative journalist Julian Sher told CBC News.

Sher said Di Maulo was in the Calabrian branch of the Mafia, who ran Montreal in the 1970s in opposition to the Rizzuto family.

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