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Crooked 3: Former L.A. County Deputy Sheriff pleads guilty to planning to escort interstate drug shipments

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A former Los Angeles County deputy sheriff pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana as part of an interstate drug trafficking scheme in which the deputy agreed to use his position as a law enforcement officer to ensure the successful transport of…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 15, 2018 at 3:36am — No Comments

Arrest of Honduran congressman latest example of extreme corruption caused by drug cartels and MS-13

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A legislator in the National Congress of Honduras and three other men were charged on Tuesday in a DEA-led probe with drug trafficking and weapons crimes. 57-year-old congressman Midence Oqueli Martinez Turcios (above) follows in the footsteps of his colleague Fredy Renan Najera Montoya, who, in…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 20, 2018 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Newly released cables show talk about former Colombian president Uribe’s close ties to Escobar & Ochoas

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The ghost of Pablo Escobar continues to haunt his former associates. In newly declassified cables from the State Department, Álvaro Uribe, former Colombian president and one of the nation’s most powerful political figures, was frequently accused of having close ties to drug lords such as…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 26, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

“Popeye,” once one of Pablo Escobar’s most prolific hitmen, arrested in Colombia on extortion charges

By David Amoruso

It’s hard to become a new person. If you’ve spent years of your life trafficking drugs, committing kidnappings, robberies, and brutal murders all the while surrounded by like-minded men then changing yourself isn’t just hard, it becomes impossible.

Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez (photo above), a man…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 26, 2018 at 5:55am — No Comments

The Irishman: Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa’s friend and the man who put two bullets in the back of his skull

By David Amoruso

At 6’4” Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran literally was a towering figure. But to those who knew him in the American underworld, he was even taller. A fearsome force who had honed his deadly skills as a combat-hardened rifleman during the Second World War fighting the Nazis. Back home, he became a Mafia hitman,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 29, 2018 at 9:28am — 1 Comment

Crooked 2: A thieving cop, a drug dealing cop, and one active gang member who joined the police department

By David Amoruso

Cops swear to uphold the law and serve and protect the citizens of their nation. That’s why corruption hits society much harder than other crimes. In the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 25, 2018 at 4:52am — No Comments

Pax Mafiosa: Guilty verdicts as prosecutors prove secret pact between Sicilian Mafia and Italian government

By David Amoruso

A secret pact between the Sicilian Mafia and the Italian State has resulted in the conviction of eight men, including Mafia bosses and police and government officials, among them a close political associate of Silvio Berlusconi. The pact was made in the 1990s to bring a halt to Cosa Nostra’s bloody war…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 21, 2018 at 7:13am — No Comments

‘Ndrangheta leader Giuseppe Pelle ran regional politics on behalf of Calabrian Mafia

By David Amoruso

He had disappeared in 2016. Like so many of his colleagues, Calabrian Mafia boss Giuseppe “Peppe” Pelle chose to live the life of a fugitive rather than spend it behind bars. From his hideaway in the Calabrian mountains he oversaw a large network which controlled regional politics.

The mountainous…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 6, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

King of the Bootleggers: Profile of Hamilton mob boss Rocco Perri

By David Amoruso

Every underworld has its first major crime boss. That man – or woman – who ascends to the top of the heap and controls organized crime in the city. For Hamilton, Ontario, that man was Rocco Perri. During the years of Prohibition, he became known as the “King of the Bootleggers.”

Born in…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 31, 2018 at 4:24am — No Comments

Death Penalty for Drug Lords: Is lethal injection the solution to the War on Drugs?

By David Amoruso

The War on Drugs is a complex ordeal with a far-reaching and profound impact on society. While citizens buckle under the weight of drug crimes and addiction, politicians hijacked the theme to project a tough-on-crime image to the public while doing little to solve the problems.

Last week,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 25, 2018 at 12:13pm — 1 Comment

Mafia author shares dark stories behind Garden State Gangland: The Rise of the Mob in New Jersey

By David Amoruso

Organized crime in New Jersey goes way back and features some of the most colorful characters and powerhouses one can imagine. Gangsters Inc. sat down with mob author Scott Deitche, who details this rich and violent history in his new book Garden State Gangland: The Rise of the Mob in New…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 12, 2018 at 12:45pm — No Comments

The Big Bankroll: The rise and fall of New York mob boss Arnold Rothstein

By David Amoruso

A criminal mastermind. The man behind the scenes. Mob kingpin. Arnold Rothstein can be described in many ways. Known on the streets as “The Big Bankroll,” he financed countless major criminal schemes and enterprises as he rose to prominence in New York’s gangland. But at heart, he was a gambler. Through…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 28, 2018 at 9:36am — No Comments

“We’ve been ruling here for 40 years!” – 2 mayors arrested, €50M worth of assets seized in ‘Ndrangheta bust

By David Amoruso

The power of the ‘Ndrangheta, Calabria’s Mafia, seems to have no limits. Authorities in Italy have arrested around 170 people, including two mayors, in Italy and Germany in a largescale operation aimed at the Farao-Marincola ‘Ndrangheta clan. Assets worth over €50 million euros were also seized. “We have…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 9, 2018 at 11:32am — No Comments

Crooked: “Few things threaten our society more than public servants who betray their oath for personal gain”

By David Amoruso

“Few things threaten our society more than public servants who betray their oath for personal gain” - Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the FBI's Baltimore Division

In society a select group of people is tasked with serving and protecting the public. Throughout history an ever-fluctuating…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 6, 2018 at 9:39am — No Comments

Mr. Undercover details life of Ron Fino, son of Mafia capo who became an international undercover operative

By David Amoruso

Ronald Fino’s life sounds like a mix of The Godfather and James Bond. As the son of a Mafia capo, Fino ultimately decided the mob was not for him. Instead, he became an undercover operative for the FBI and CIA, traveling the world and cleaning up crime and corruption wherever he went. His…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 12, 2017 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Rise in sports corruption as Mafia groups step up involvement - Meeting at Europol about combating these crimes

By David Amoruso

Organized crime syndicates are increasingly getting involved in sports corruption. Fixing a match means a guaranteed lucrative payout by betting on the correct outcome. Criminals operating in this multi-billion-dollar field use different modi operandi and adopt very complex structures, therefore the only successful…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 19, 2017 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Stranger Things: Dropping acid with Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger

By David Amoruso

The year is 1957. A 28-year-old inmate by the name of James Bulger is serving a 20-year prison sentence for armed robbery. That’s a long time to spend in a tiny cell. A doctor proposes the young Bostonian participate in a drug experiment to earn an early release. He accepts.

Why wouldn’t he? Dr. Carl Pfeiffer seems…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 14, 2017 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Three Good Men - The Second One: Antonino Cassarà

By Thom L. Jones

The media called them raggazzi di una stagione ‘straordinaria: “The boys of an extraordinary season.”

Beppe Montana and Calogero Zucchetto and Pippo Giordano and Roberto Antiochia and Natale Mondo and Ninni Cassarà and the rest of the Squadra Mobile, the Flying Squad. They knew what they had to do and lived their lives doing…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 26, 2017 at 11:19am — No Comments

Crime group used corrupt banking insider to launder £16 million

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Five men have admitted being part of a network responsible for laundering at least £16 million pounds stolen by international cyber criminals, following an investigation by the National Crime Agency. Four pleaded guilty in June, while the fifth pleaded guilty yesterday.

Iurie Mereacre, a 37-year-old …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 20, 2017 at 11:02am — No Comments

Melrose Park police detective sentenced to 11 years in prison for dealing drugs stolen from evidence room

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A former Melrose Park Police Detective was sentenced last week to 11 years in federal prison for dealing narcotics stolen from the police evidence room. 44-year-old Gregory Salvi pleaded guilty earlier this year to attempted possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, and carrying a firearm during a…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 30, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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