A Thunder Bay man has been sentenced to 9½ years in an Italian prison.

Guiseppe Bruzzese, 66, was convicted of the Italian crime of "mafia association." He was found guilty of being associated with the ‘Ndrangheta, a branch of the Italian Mafia.

During his trial, prosecutors presented wire tap evidence of Bruzzese speaking to an alleged crime boss in an Italian Laundromat about a Thunder Bay cell of the mafia.

In court records obtained in a joint investigation by Radio-Canada/CBC and the Toronto Star, Bruzzese is accused of being a key figure in the Thunder Bay cell.

Arrest warrants are issued for three other men from Thunder Bay as part of the investigation.

Mafia association is not considered a crime in Canada.