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Moreno Gallo, 64, (right) shown here in a 1975 file photo, was arrested in 2007 after evidence gathered during Project Colisée revealed he associated with well known mob figures like Nicolo Rizzuto Sr.

Paul Cherry

Gazette Crime Reporter

A man believed by some police to be an influential man within the Montreal Mafia has been granted day parole, but with the caveat he might be arrested as soon as he is released.

Moreno Gallo, 64, learned he will be released to a halfway house Tuesday after a hearing before the National Parole Board held at the Federal Training Centre, a minimum security institution in Laval. But he also was informed that Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has a warrant for his arrest in connection with his possible deportation to Italy.

Despite arriving in Canada with his family in 1954, Gallo never became a Canadian citizen. A first attempt to deport him was cancelled in June, but CBSA appears ready to try again. CBSA spokesperson Dominique McNeely said “different potential judicial scenarios are in place” but was unable to say Tuesday if Gallo would be arrested right away.

Gallo was arrested in 2007 after evidence gathered during Project Colisée revealed he associated with well known mob figures like Nicolo Rizzuto Sr. In particular, the police captured Gallo on video delivering large amounts of cash to the now defunct Consenza Social Club on Jarry St. E. in 2004 and 2005. The social club served as headquarters for the Rizzuto organization.

Gallo was never charged in Colisée, but by associating with known mobsters he violated the conditions of the parole he was granted in 1983. For the rest of his life he is subject to the conditions of a sentence he received for the 1973 murder of Angelo Facchino, a 26-year-old drug dealer.

The slaying has long believed to have been part of a settling of accounts between rival organized crime groups. But Gallo insists he wanted to intimidate Facchino for selling drugs at his sister’s school. He has told the parole board on a few occasions he shot the man because he thought Facchino was about to draw a weapon on him.

According to a written summary of Tuesday’s hearing, Gallo has been a model inmate since being returned behind bars. “In February 2009, Correctional Service of Canada was informed that no charges will be brought against you (in Colisée) and that, according to them, you no longer present a risk to society. Furthermore, on December 2009, it was confirmed by the police that there was no information linking you to Italian organized crime for a very long time.”

Information gathered during Colisée and past investigations into biker gangs have indicated Gallo was considered a respected arbitrator between rivals when they have clashed over drug trafficking turf in the past. Gallo doesn’t deny acting as an arbitrator, but at the same time denies having been involved in the criminal activities that required his services as a peacemaker.