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PEROFF MEETS PEPE COTRONI

On this his second U.S. Customs-sponsored trip to Montreal, Frank Peroff began to deal with a key Bouchard associate, Giuseppe (Pepe) Cotroni. Independent inquiry by the Investigations Subcommittee staff identified Cotroni as a leading figure in the Canadian underworld.

Investigation revealed that Cotroni, born February 20, 1920 in Reggio, Calabria, Italy, claimed to be a restauranteur but he, in fact, was a leader of the largest and most notorious narcotics syndicate on the North American Continent. A supplier of major Mafia drug traffickers in the U.S., Cotroni had direct French-Corsican sources of supply.

Subcommittee inquiry established that the Cotroni organization has included Giuseppe's brothers, Vincenso (Vic) and Frank Cotroni as well as Rene Robert, Joe Coccolichio, Lucien Rivard and Peter Stepanof, all of Montreal; and Carmine Galante, Salvatore Giglio, Angelo Tuminaro, Anthony Dipasqua, Frank Moccardi and Frank Mari, all of New York City.

Peroff's contact with Giuseppe Cotroni was through Bouchard. Peroff said Bouchard and a Bouchard underling, Claude Lemoyne, picked him up at the Martinque Hotel and they drove to the airport where Peroff showed them the interior of the Lear jet. Peroff testified that inside the plane he:

started showing Bouchard the different places that heroin could be hidden ... including an electronics hold in the rear of the aircraft. Bouchard was extremely impressed and excited and immediately proceeded to set up a meeting

with Pepe Cotroni ... (p. 25). They-Peroff, Bouchard, Claude Lemoyne, Cotroni and Cotroni's bodyguard—met for lunch the next day at Moishe's Steak House located at 3961 St. Laurent in Montreal. Cotroni questioned him "at great depth”, Peroff said. Cotroni wanted to know precise details about his Lear jet, about his smuggling methods and how he expected to bring the heroin into the United States. Following Customs Agent Douglas McCombs directions, Peroff was careful to insist that he fly the heroin into the U.S.-rather than into Canada. Peroff, who speaks some Italian, said Cotroni addressed him only in Italian at the lunch. Peroff said Cotroni spoke Italian to him because he did not want the others-Bouchard and Lemoyne—to know what he was saying (pp. 25, 26).

After lunch, Peroff returned to the Martinique. He reported to Customs agent Sidney Bowers on what had happened. Bowers then presented Peroff with photographs of Cotroni, Bouchard, Lemoyne and the bodyguard. Bowers asked Peroff to identify them. Peroff said the pictures had been taken when the luncheon participants had conversed in front of the Moishe's Steak House Restaurant before leaving. Peroff said that besides the still photographs law enforcement officers had also shot about 15 minutes of video tape of the men outside Moishe's Restaurant (p. 25).

OFFICIAL REPORTS ON WHAT HAPPENED AT MOISHE'S

Sidney C. Bowers, the U.S. Customs agent in Montreal, wrote a report on Peroff's activities in Montreal March 20 and 21, 1973. The

Subcommittee obtained a copy of this document and it is included in the hearing record. In the report, dated March 26 and sent to Customs offices in New York, Detroit and Washington, Bowers said Peroff arrived at Montreal International Airport in his Lear jet March 20.

Bowers said that on the evening of the 20th Peroff met for about two hours with Bouchard and Claude Lemoyne. The three men drove to the airport and inspected the executive jet. Bouchard and Lemoyne “were much impressed," Bowers said, and they explained to Peroff that they were in a deal with Giuseppe Cotroni to bring in a large shipment of heroin from France.

On March 21, Bowers said, Peroff went to lunch with Cotroni, a Cotroni operative named Dominic Torrente, and Bouchard and Lemoyne. They dined at Moishe's Restaurant on St. Laurent Street in Montreal, Bowers said.

Bowers reported that Cotroni told Peroff it would take 10 to 14 days to assemble enough heroin to make the trip worthwhile. In the meantime, Cotroni wanted Peroff to take the Lear jet to Windsor, Ontario. Cotroni wanted to arrange some business there with Americans, Bowers said. "Cotroni declined to make the trip himself stating that he didn't want to burn the aircraft," Bowers reported.

When he returned to New York, Peroff described the luncheon to Richard Dos Santos who made a report of this luncheon. Dos Santos' report of the luncheon was essentially the same as Bowers'. Dos Santos noted that Cotroni, speaking in Italian, put Peroff through "a rigorous third degree,” asking many questions such as “Who do you know in Miami? Who do you know in New York? Who do you know in Italy?" Dos Santos said when the meal ended, the men stood out front of the restaurant and talked for about 10 minutes. Then, Dos Santos reported, Pepe Cotroni walked over to Peroff and told him he liked him.

BOUCHARD USES U.S. CUSTOMS LEAR JET

When Frank Peroff first began dealing in crime with Conrad Bouchard in 1970, Bouchard was by underworld standards, a man of some independence, a man of means. But since his arrest for narcotics violations in early 1972, his luck had changed, and so bad his circumstances. It is true that the 42-year-old former nightclub singer was out of jail while his trial progressed. But the cost of his legal defense was draining Bouchard of his financial reserves and, with Canadian law enforcement officers watching him, his ability to execute criminal acts to raise money was limited.

Peroff's presence in Montreal, particularly his ready access to a Lear jet, proved helpful to the troubled Conrad Bouchard. In turn, it was to the advantage of Peroff the informant to do anything he could to deepen the trusting relationship between himself and Bouchard. So when Bouchard asked him for a favor, Peroff readily agreed. The first favor Bouchard asked of Peroff was that he fly him to Quebec City to pick up or examine photographs and documents which Bouchard hoped would lend support to his charge that he had been framed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Bob, the Lear jet pilot, and his copilot, the Customs agent, flew the aircraft over to

Quebec City, Peroff said, noting that he, Bouchard and Claude
Lemoyne were the passengers.

Peroff said he advised RCMP and U.S. Customs agents about the trip and certain photographs and documents which Bouchard hoped would help his case. Peroff said the agents were “very interested at that point in time in obtaining these documents and photographs." Peroff said the RCMP was most anxious" to see Bouchard behind bars because the racketeer had launched a public campaign claiming the Mounties had been guilty of entrapment in his arrest and that one of their agents, Staff Sergeant Giles Poissant, was corrupt. Poissant directed the RCMP drug unit in Montreal (pp. 26, 27).

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OFFICIAL REPORTS ON THE QUEBEC TRIP

Customs Agent Richard Dos Santos, after debriefing Peroff, reported on the flight Conrad Bouchard made to Quebec in Peroff's Customs-sponsored Lear jet. Dos Santos said that following the March 21 luncheon at Moishe’s Steak House Bouchard, Claude Lemoyne and Peroff drove in Bouchard's car to an auto repair shop run by Lemoyne.

The men stayed at the garage for about one hour. Then Bouchard drove home. Later Peroff and Lemoyne went over to Bouchard's house. Dos Santos said Bouchard was on the phone when Peroff and Lemoyne arrived. Bouchard was arguing with a man identified as Roger, the stock thief.” Finishing his call to Roger, Bouchard told Peroff he wanted to fly to Quebec City.

Dos Santos said Bouchard, Lemoyne and Peroff went to a restaurant where Bouchard got into another argument on the phone with Roger. This dispute was more heated than the previous one. From there, the three men went to the airport where the two Lear jet pilots were standing by. At 6:20 p.m. they flew to Quebec City in the executive jet.

In Quebec City, Dos Santos said, the threesome drove to the Boulevard Restaurant. Bouchard was greeted warmly by the owner, Roger DuLoude, and Peroff was made to understand that the purpose of this trip was the meeting with DuLoude. Dos Santos said Peroff could not speak French and, therefore, could not say what Bouchard and DuLoude were talking about.

Dos Santos said Bouchard, Lemoyne and Peroff returned to Montreal at about 9:30 or 10 p.m. and that Bouchard made several calls from the airport. Peroff was dropped off at his hotel, the Martinique.

BOUCIIARD FLIES TO WINDSOR IN CUSTOMS LEAR JET

The next occasion Bouchard used the Customs Lear jet, Peroff said, was shortly after the Quebec City flight. Peroff said Bouchard told him that Giuseppe (Pepe) Cotroni wanted him, Bouchard, to go to Detroit and sell a shipment of heroin to a buyer there. Bouchard asked Peroff to fly him in the Lear jet. Peroff agreed to do it (p. 27).

Peroff said Bouchard boarded the private aircraft carrying a brown leather briefcase. Bouchard brought two men along, Claude Lemoyne and Louis Cote. Peroff testified that before takeoff he instructed Bob, the pilot, to change their destination from Detroit to Windsor. Arriving in Windsor and driving across the Detroit River into Detroit

would enable them to bring the heroin into the U.S. without having to fly outside Canada, Peroff explained (p. 27). Peroff said that Bouchard made this flight in apparent violation of his bail restrictions which required that he be in every night by 9, that he remain in Montreal at all times and that he not be in the vicinity of an airport (p. 28).

Peroff said that Cote, Lemoyne and he took a taxi from the Windsor airport to a restaurant while Bouchard went to meet the man who wished to buy the heroin. Peroff said they waited in the restaurant for him two and a half to three hours. Then Bouchard joined them in the restaurant. Peroff said they returned to the Windsor airport, boarded the Lear jet and flew back to Montreal.

Bouchard was "very nervous" when the aircraft touched down in Montreal, Peroff said, noting that Bouchard walked to his car and put the brown briefcase into the trunk. Bob and his copilot went their own ray and Peroff, Bouchard, Lemoyne and Cote drove off. They kept driving, Peroff said, through the streets of Montreal for the next two hours "to be sure there was no surveillance.” After stopping at Bouchard's house for a time, Peroff said, he was driven back to the Martinique by Claude Lemoyne.

Peroff said he reported what had happened on this trip to the Custons agent, Sidney Bowers. Bowers, he said, showed him a picture of a man called Fecarotta. Bowers explained that Fecarotta bought the heroin from Bouchard in Detroit, Peroff said, adding that Bowers went on to say that the "entire trip was on video tape” (p. 28).

OFFICIAL REPORTS ON WINDSOR TRIP

In the March 26, 1973 cable to Washington, Customs Agent Sidney Bowers reported on Peroff's Windsor trip in the Lear jet.

Bowers said that on March 22 Cotroni dispatched Peroff, Bouchard, Lemoyne and a Cotroni operative named Louis Cote to Windsor, Ontario to meet with potential narcotics buyers. Bowers said the group was placed under surveillance and that Bouchard had a meeting with a Detroit mobster named John Fecarotta. Fecarotta, free on bail after being arrested for having eight kilograms of heroin, was reported to have $200,000 front money to finance a proposed 100 kilogram shipment of heroin.

Bowers said Bouchard was expecting a visitor from France during the week of March 25 to 30 who would “iron out details for taking delivery of 100 kilos in France." Bowers added that when the arrangements in France were completed, Peroff, with his executive jet and accompanied by Claude Lemoyne and Louis Cote, was to fly to France, pick up the heroin and return to North America. "Final details on route of return to North America would be in the C.I.'s hands," Bowers concluded.

Information copies of this cable were sent to the American embassies in Paris, Rome and Ottawa.

BOUCHARD MEETS FECAROTTA IN WINDSOR

Sidney Bowers reported that when Peroff, Bouchard and the others arrived in Windsor March 22 aboard the Lear jet they were followed.

Surveillance was carried out by a six-man team-five Customs agents from the Detroit office, one Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. A Customs report was filed April 3 concerning their activities. The report, a copy of which was made a part of the hearing, dealt with "Surveillance regarding conspiracy to smuggle heroin from Europe to North America.” It was written by Special Agent Frederic D. Haiduk.

According to Haiduk, the Lear jet landed at Windsor International Airport at 4:35 p.m. The pilot and copilot of the jet stayed behind with the aircraft while their four passengers-Bouchard, Peroff, Claude Lemoyne and Louis Cote-got into a Checker cab and were driven to the Colosseo Pizzeria and Restaurant at 1459 Ottawa Street, Windsor.

Agent Haiduk reported that Bouchard never left Windsor. Bouchard departed the Colosseo at 5 p.m. and walked one block east to the corner of Gladstone and Ottawa Ŝtreets. He carried a brown briefcase. He turned up Gladstone and walked 200 yards and entered a home at 1266 Gladstone. The occupant of the residence was a 25-year-old woman, Andrea Delisi, a native of Italy and reportedly a cousin of John Fecarotta.

A black over white 1972 two-door hardtop Oldsmobile was parked in front of the home. The license plates were from another car. They belonged to a Lincoln Park, Michigan, couple who drove a four-door Oldsmobile, not a two-door. Detroit police confirmed for the Customs agents that the two-door Olds was frequently used by John Fecarotta of Detroit, a known trafficker in drugs.

At 6:30 p.m., Peroff, Lemoyne and Cote went for a walk around the Colosseo. They returned to the restaurant at 6:15 p.m.

Bouchard left Miss Delisi's home at 6:55 and got into a Checker cab. The taxi circled the block and then pulled up in front of the Colosseo. Bouchard left the leather briefcase in the backseat of the taxi while he went inside to beckon his colleagues. The taxi waited.

At 7:03 p.m., Bouchard, Peroff, Cote and Lemoyne drove away in the cab, headed toward the airport. The taxi stopped once and one of the occupants went into a tavern and bought a pack of cigarettes. They arrived at the airport at 7:15 p.m. At 7:31 p.m. the Lear jet was airborne.

Meanwhile, back at Andrea Delisi's place, the surveillance continued. At 8 p.m., Fecarotta left, got into the Oldsmobile and drove two and a half blocks west on Ottawa Street. He parked in front of a furniture store and went inside. He stayed in the store until 10:15 p.m. when he drove off. Custom agents radioed Windsor police to request a positive identification that it was Fecarotta. A patrol car stopped the Oldsmobile and the driver was positively identified as being John Fecarotta. Facarotta was given a ticket for speeding.

PEROFF LEAVES MONTREAL

Peroff said that the day after filling Bowers in on the Windsor trip he left Montreal. Peroff said Bob, the pilot, and the Customs copilot, dropped him off at the Newark Airport and then flew on to West Palm Beach, Florida.

Customs Agent Richard Dos Santos of the New York office met Peroff at the Newark terminal and took him back to his family at the New York Hilton. Peroff said Dos Santos called Customs Agent

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