"A more ruthless man than Peter, they were both the same" – Raffaelle
Mike Modica was already a well-known member of the Mafia family when his associates
tried to have him killed.
Mike Modica, 50, was the target of the California Sandwiches shooting.
He is alleged to be an important member of the Sicilian Mafia based outside
Palermo. He was wanted in Italy for being a member of the Mafia, an offence
under Italian law.
ALREADY CONVICTED IN THE U.S.
Modica entered the United States and was involved in a heroin smuggling
ring known as the Pizza Connection II case in the United States. The 1989
case proved the Sicilian Mafia was importing heroin to New York as well
as exporting cocaine to Italy.
After serving a fourteen-year sentence in
the United States Modica was deported to Italy and in late 2000 or early
2001 he entered Canada illegally and settled in Toronto. Modica reached
out to fellow Sicilian, Peter Scarcella, a well-known Mafia boss in Toronto.
To earn a living Modica places illegal gambling machines in restaurants
and bars for Scarcella as well as collects debts and starts dealing drugs.
TURF WAR IN TORONTO TURNS DEADLY
Modica angered Scarcella by being greedy and trying to take over Scarcella's
turf. Modica tried to recruit people to compete with Scarcella's
organization. A month after the April 21, 2004 shooting, in which Louise
Russo was paralyzed, Modica was arrested for being in the country illegally
and was deported to Italy where he is free. According to police sources
he is building townhouses in Italy.