|Sergio Piccirilli, 56, was testifying last month at the sentencing stage of the case where he was found guilty of 23 charges related to Project Cleopatra, an RCMP investigation into drug trafficking that centered on the activities of his former girlfriend, Sharon Simon. She was among 36 people, including two former police officers, who were arrested.|
Sharon Simon operated out of her luxury home in Kanesatake, exporting large quantities of marijuana and ecstacy into the United States. She had "very close ties" to the Hells Angels. She exported about 45 kilograms of marijuana to the United States per week using the Hells Angels distribution network. Simon laundered $4.8 million US in a 5 month period.
|Piccirilli’s is the only case that remains open due to a 2008 stay of proceedings. A new trial was subsequently ordered.|
Piccirilli was found guilty of conspiracy, issuing orders for the benefit of a criminal organization and trafficking in methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. Piccirilli is a childhood friend of Salvatore Cazzetta, leader of the Hells Angels in Quebec. Piccirilli possessed a military assault weapon, because, according to his lawyer, his life was threatened by members of the Rizzuto organization.