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Exclusive: ‘The Art of Smuggling’ by Britain’s first drug baron

By Francis Morland, Jo Boothby

Little has been written about the early history of the modern cannabis trade. Its pioneers are shrouded mystery, yet they laid the foundation for what became the biggest illicit business in the world. Francis Morland was probably the first British-born “drug baron” of the 1960s, an acclaimed sculptor from a…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 25, 2016 at 6:58am — No Comments

Power Play: The kidnapping and release of El Chapo’s son

By David Amoruso

A very bold power play. That’s what happened on the night of Monday, August 15, in the trendy La Leche restaurant in the Mexican beach resort Puerto Vallarta.

Inside, Jesus Alfredo Guzmán…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 22, 2016 at 5:26am — No Comments

Profile: Lucchese crime family capo Carmine Avellino

By David Amoruso

The life ain’t what it used to. Just ask Lucchese crime family mobster Carmine Avellino. The aging capo will go to prison because a mob associate refused to pay back the $100,000 he had loaned from Avellino. What the hell has happened to La Cosa Nostra?!

Avellino doesn’t know. When he started out as a gangster, times were very…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 20, 2016 at 9:42am — No Comments

Former New England mob boss-turned snitch Francis “Cadillac” Salemme charged with murder of federal witness

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Frank “Cadillac” Salemme, the former boss of New England’s Patriarca crime family, is charged with the murder of federal witness Steven A. DiSarro. The 82-year-old former wiseguy was arrested in Connecticut…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 11, 2016 at 1:31am — No Comments

Sinaloa cartel operation busted in New York – Ring used front companies that listed coke & heroin as sea cucumbers

By David Amoruso

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may be behind bars and on his way to an…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 10, 2016 at 10:16am — No Comments

The American Mafia and its use of colorful nicknames

By David Amoruso

The American Mafia, known as La Cosa Nostra, has always had a thing for using nicknames. “Joe the Boss,” “Charlie Lucky,” “Benny Squint,” “Benny Eggs,” “Tony Ducks,” “Gaspipe,” “Sonny Black,” “Sonny Red,” “Chin,” “Crazy Joe,” the list goes on and on. Why is that?

Just last week, authorities busted 46 leaders, members, and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 6, 2016 at 10:35am — No Comments

Philly Mafia boss Joseph Merlino and mobsters of 5 different crime families charged with racketeering

By David Amoruso

Federal agents arrested over 40 members and associates of the Genovese, Gambino,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 4, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How Russian oligarchs turned the country of Latvia into their own personal money laundering machine

Grave of KGB lawyer Andris Grutups in Riga, Latvia

By John Christmas

An open secret has been continuing in Latvia ever since the USSR broke up in 1991. The Latvian government is protecting a circle of Kremlin-linked banks catering to non-resident shell-company depositors. Although these…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 3, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cradle of Crime: My Armed and Dangerous Father

By Luellen Smiley

I was born into a story. When I began writing with the purpose of consequence, the first subject had to be about growing up with gangsters.  As the daughter of Allen Smiley, associate and closest friend to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 3, 2016 at 5:57am — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: Gotti film cast and crew get together for big celebratory dinner – New cast members revealed

By David Amoruso

One big family! The cast and crew behind the upcoming motion picture about New York mob boss John Gotti Sr. got together this weekend for a celebratory dinner marking the start of…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 26, 2016 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

$15 million drug ring led by New York Mafia families busted

By David Amoruso

A $15 million drug ring led by members and associates of New York's Gambino, Bonanno, Genovese, and Colombo crime families was busted yesterday. Twenty-two people were charged as being part of a lucrative marijuana smuggling network that shipped the stuff from California to New York. Chief among them are 76-year-old Gambino capo…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 20, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Basta! How Sicily’s Antimafia movement is taking back the island and successfully standing up to Cosa Nostra

By David Amoruso

Enough is enough. In the land of Cosa Nostra and omerta, a growing number of citizens is successfully standing up to the Mafia, creating a new mindset among Sicilians. “The idea that now it is possible not to pay, that it’s safe to rebel against the Mafia, that the institutions are by your side.”

For over a…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 19, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

“This is for you, Frank!” – Profile of Mafia boss Frank Costello

By David Amoruso

“What have you done for your country as a good citizen?”

“Well…. I don’t know what you… what you mean by that?”

“When you’re looking back over the years now till that time when you became a citizen, and now standing twenty odd years after that, you must have in your mind some things that you have done that you can…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 16, 2016 at 6:50am — 2 Comments

Cosa Nostra boss of bosses Bernardo Provenzano dead at 83

By David Amoruso

Sicilian Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano passed away at age 83, sources told Italian news agency ANSA today. Considered Cosa Nostra’s boss of bosses, Provenzano spent 43 years on the run before finally being caught in 2006. He was…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 13, 2016 at 11:49am — No Comments

To Kill a Dream: The Sicilian Mafia and the Murder of a Priest

By Thom L. Jones

These are murderers who killed a man, killed a thought, a hope, a way of being, the very idea of humanity.

- Lorenzo Matassa. Public Prosecutor. Court of Palermo, February 23rd, 1998.

In the early 1990s, a courageous Catholic priest, Giuseppe 'Pino' Puglisi, took over…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 13, 2016 at 3:00am — No Comments

Warden denies 99-year-old Colombo crime family underboss “Sonny” Franzese’s request for early release

By David Amoruso

Talk about old school. With his 99 years, Colombo crime family underboss John “Sonny” Franzese is the oldest inmate in the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 3, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

High-profile Philadelphia Mafia boss Joseph Merlino latest gangster to be barred from entering a casino

By David Amoruso

The Pennsylvania gaming control board wants to ban Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Merlino from its casinos. “When…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 30, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Patriarca mob family capo-turned-snitch charged with lying about murder of South Boston club owner

By David Amoruso

Robert DeLuca, a former capo in the Patriarca crime family in New England was arrested Monday at his home in Florida after being indicted in connection with allegations that he obstructed a federal investigation into the murder of a Boston nightclub owner in the 1990s. This, despite the fact that he spilled his guts after…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 29, 2016 at 4:00am — No Comments

Russian Mafia money laundering ring busted in Spain

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Spanish police dismantled a money laundering ring today that was run by two well-known Russian Mafia groups, who in turn have strong links to the party of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Authorities estimate that the ring…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 28, 2016 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Police capture ‘Ndrangheta leader Ernesto Fazzalari, Italy’s second most wanted fugitive behind MMD

By David Amoruso

Another huge success for Italy’s anti-Mafia police today as they arrested ‘Ndrangheta boss Ernesto Fazzalari, the country’s second most wanted mob leader. Fazzalari (photos above, before and after arrest) was wanted since June of 1996 after he was sentenced to life in prison for a double homicide, drug trafficking, and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 26, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

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