Antonio “Tony” Mucci a reputed leader in the Montreal mafia caught a break as the Crown decided not to go to trial on various firearms charges. Mucci and a couple of alleged bodyguards were arrested and charged back in 2010 with multiple firearm related charges. Tony was charged with illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun , tazer like weapon, and a bear repellent among other totaling 10 in all. At the time the Montreal police were on the offensive against anyone believed to be involved in the ongoing bloody Montreal mafia war.
Tony Mucci today is considered a survivor and one of the elder statesman of the Montreal mafia as rival factions saw many members lost. It is believed that he stayed relatively neutral in the still ongoing Montreal mafia war that saw an attack against the powerful Rizzuto crime family resulting in reprisal by long time mob boss Vito Rizzuto upon his release from prison.
The Crown did not give an exact reason for its decision to drop the case against Mucci but it is believed that an investigation into a former Montreal detective Philippe Paul was the cause. Paul was being investigated for leaking of information outside of the police force and challenged by the defense via court motions as to the credibility of information he supplied. Paul was in charge of much of the surveillance and operations into Mucci at the time and it was his sources that supplied the information needed to obtain the search warrants in the case.