Police mole approached gangs, bikers: Sources
Sergeant detective Ian Davidson, who allegedly tried to sell police secrets to the Mafia, committed suicide Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, in Laval. (QMI AGENCY)
MONTREAL — New details are emerging about the disgraced Montreal sergeant detective who committed suicide last month after he allegedly tried to sell police secrets to the Mafia.
Sources familiar with the investigation told QMI Agency that database manager Ian Davidson, 58, spent the last year of his career phoning up street gangs and bikers, as well as mobsters.
Davidson allegedly used his position at the police force's criminal intelligence service to glean the names of gangsters, whom he would call to arrange meetings.
Police are investigating after Davidson allegedly stole the names of 2,000 police informants and other sensitive information.
He retired in January 2011 after 33 years on the force, and sources have said Davidson reportedly offered the stolen data to reputed Calabrian mobster Tony Mucci for $1 million.
But Mucci allegedly turned on Davidson and handed the information over to a lawyer, who returned it to police, triggering an investigation.
Davidson slit his own throat in a hotel room near Montreal on Jan 18 after he was told media would report his name the following day.
Sources reveal a meticulous plan to funnel secrets to crime figures.
They say Davidson would travel by taxi to his meetings, going so far as to leave voice mail messages with his prospective clients. He offered clients a memory stick containing a list of informants that was tailored to their needs, sources say.
He visited clients at various locations in and around Montreal, including a north-shore strip club.
Sources say Davidson was convinced his plan would net him a fortune, saying at one point, "I'll be a millionaire, but I won't win it with Loto-Quebec."
A SWAT team arrested Davidson at Trudeau Airport in October as he tried to flee to Costa Rica, where he was believed to be scouting out a luxury home on the Pacific coast. He hadn't been charged at the time he committed suicide.
The revelations triggered two probes. Montreal police are looking into Davidson's activities while provincial police are investigating the leaks to the media.