Montreal Mafia Stayed charges raise questions of privacy, trust in justice system

When the RCMP announced the first batch of arrests resulting from an investigation dubbed “Project Clemenza” back in 2014, it proudly boasted the force had intercepted more than a million private cellphone messages through the use of wireless signal interception techniques. 

The techniques, in part, had allowed it to dismantle two groups operating within the Montreal Mafia, eventually leading to dozens of arrests for charges including drug-trafficking, assault, extortion, kidnapping and arson. 

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