Charges dropped against final 11 accused in big mob bust

The final 11 accused in a massive Mob bust in Quebec have had the charges against them stayed by a judge.

They were charged after Project Clemenza, a series of busts against organized crime between 2014 and 2016 that led to dozens of arrests.

Prosecutor Andre Albert Morin says the Crown asked for the stay after speaking to investigators in the RCMP-led case and concluding it wouldn't be able to provide answers to pointed technical questions from the defence.

At the time of the first wave of arrests, the RCMP proudly boasted about an investigative tactic that saw more than one million private PIN to PIN BlackBerry messages intercepted between 2010 and 2012 and analyzed.

In March, the federal Crown used its discretion to have charges stayed against 36 people arrested in Clemenza.

Clemenza was the biggest anti-Mafia police sweep by federal authorities since its takedown of the Rizzuto crime family during Operation Colisee in 2006.