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Thunder Bay man sentenced in Italy for 'mafia association'

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.

Guiseppe Bruzzese, 66, gets 9½ years in an Italian prison

Guiseppe Bruzzese, 66, of Thunder Bay, 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. (Alberto Nerazzini/Radio-Canada/Toronto Star)

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.