April 30, 2020 — Toronto mob don Jimmy DeMaria was released on parole from a Kingston, Ontario prison and picked up by Canadian Border Service Agents for deportation to Italy the same day. The 66-year old DeMaria was locked up in 2014 on a parole violation for attending a pair of weddings where there were known organized crime figures present. He’s been behind bars ever since. On Tuesday, he was taken into custody by the CBSA.

Although born in Italy, DeMaria has spent most of his life living in Canada, but was never nationalized. Authorities in Ontario claim he runs the city’s N’drangheta mafia family and he remains on lifetime parole for the April 1981 gangland murder of Vince Figliomeni. DeMaria shot Figliomeni in the back and then bludgeoned him to death with the butt of a 22-caliber revolver for failing to payback a $2,000 street loan. The murder took place in the alley behind the grocery store Figliomeni worked at. He did a decade in the can for the Figliomeni hit and walked free in 1992.

The Federal Court of Canada has ordered DeMaria deported in the past, first in 1984 and then again in 2018, only for the sly crime lord to slip out of getting booted from the country on both occasions because of successful appeals. The CBSA will be assessing DeMaria’s situation again in the coming weeks and months. He was granted day parole on April 23.

DeMaria long headquartered out of Angel’s Bakery on Toronto’s Westside and a financial company he owned called Invicta. He financed his son’s Cash House franchise of payday loan and currency exchange centers that maintained 20 locations throughout Ontario.

After DeMaria’s most-recent pinch in November 2013, Royal Mounted Canadian Police traced $250,000,000 running through bank accounts tied to him in some fashion dating back seven years. Months before he was arrested, RMCP detectives warned DeMaria of a murder contract placed on his head by Montreal mafia boss Vito Rizzuto.

The Rizzuto mob empire has been under siege for more than a decade, a war that started in Quebec in the 2000s, but by the 2010s had reached Ontario’s Toronto and Hamilton mafia factions. The Canadian mob war still rages today. Rizzuto himself died of cancer in December 2013 at the age of 63.

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