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“Feed you to the fuckin’ lions” – Profile of Lucchese family soldier Anthony Grado

By David Amoruso

Lucchese crime family soldier Anthony Grado knows how to earn. Whether it’s extortion, loansharking or selling prescription pills he’ll know how to make a buck. One thing he hasn’t learned, however, is staying out of prison for his crimes.

It’s not always Grado’s own fault, mind…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 11, 2018 at 1:29am — No Comments

“I’m not crazy” - Profile of Camorra boss Michele “The Madman” Zaza

By David Amoruso

“I’m not crazy. Some of my relatives have been in a lunatic asylum, but I haven’t.” – Camorra boss Michele Zaza

Gangsters like Michele Zaza don’t come around often. Nicknamed “‘O Pazzo” or “The Madman,” he was known as much for talking candidly with the media as for his cunning and…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 2, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Big Hen: Regional enforcer of Gangster Disciples gets 30 years in prison for decades-long crime career

By David Amoruso

A high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday for racketeering conspiracy. 37-year-old Henry Cooper went by the nickname “Big Hen” and functioned as the organization’s enforcer, making sure all other gang members toed the line and followed the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 24, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

Mafioso gets over 10 years in prison for cocaine & fentanyl trafficking

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Mobster Massimigliano Carfagna was sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison on Thursday. He had pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine and the opioid drug…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 16, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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

Profile: Gambino crime family mobster Joseph Chirico

By David Amoruso

His pals in the mob call Joseph Chirico “Joe Marco Polo,” because he runs Marco Polo Ristorante in Brooklyn. Chirico, who grew up in Italy, is a restaurant buff but has another side gig going that landed him in trouble with the law.

In 2008, he was caught up in a wide-ranging federal racketeering indictment aimed…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 11, 2018 at 10:45am — No Comments

Virginia MS-13 gangsters convicted of kidnapping, murder, and extortion

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Six members of the street gang La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, were convicted on Monday by a federal jury for their roles in a kidnapping, murder, and extortion conspiracy in Northern…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 5, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Philadelphia mob boss Joey Merlino swaggers to mistrial in high-profile New York racketeering case

By David Amoruso

Philadelphia Mafia boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino took a huge gamble and won big yesterday when his high-profile racketeering case ended in a mistrial. After three weeks, followed by almost 30 hours of deliberations, the jury remained hopelessly deadlocked.…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 21, 2018 at 4:40am — No Comments

Maryland’s Uniones and Molinos Clique of MS-13 hit with murder and racketeering indictment

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Authorities dealt yet another blow to MS-13 in its ongoing campaign against its number one target. Four alleged Maryland MS-13 gangsters were indicted on murder and racketeering charges on…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 14, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Blacklisted: Albanian mob boss Naser Kelmendi built a criminal business empire on white heroin and ecstasy

By David Amoruso

Authorities have Naser Kelmendi’s number. The United States government blacklisted him under the Kingpin Act in 2012 because, it claims, he heads a crime family responsible for trafficking drugs through Afghanistan to Turkey and into Europe. Still, moving throughout Eastern Europe, Kelmendi proved an…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 3, 2018 at 10:33am — 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

Philadelphia mob boss Joey Merlino hits hospital with chest pains – Racketeering trial delayed

By David Amoruso

Is the stress of a long life in the Mafia finally becoming too much for Philadelphia mob boss…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 12, 2018 at 1:06pm — 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

Patriarca Mafia family enforcer Frank “Bobo” Marrapese dies behind bars at age 74

By David Amoruso

Timing is everything. They denied New England mob enforcer Frank “Bobo” Marrapese’s parole on September 15, 2017. He died early yesterday morning at Rhode Island Hospital at age 74. He was serving a 9-year sentence for racketeering, extortion, and loansharking.

Though he was very close to dying in…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 23, 2017 at 4:55am — No Comments

Two more members of Genovese Mafia family’s Springfield crew plead guilty to extortion-related charges

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

61-year-old Francesco Depergola and 52-year-old Gerald Daniele, two associates of the Genovese crime family’s crew in Springfield,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 8, 2017 at 9:48am — No Comments

Operation OTremens: How Mafia families in New York and Canada continue cooperating in global drug trade

By David Amoruso

“Always the dollars. Always the fuckin' dollars.” – Nicky Santoro, movie Casino

Authorities in the United States and Canada arrested a total of thirteen alleged members of the Mafia yesterday for their involvement in a largescale drug trafficking pipeline spanning both countries. Among those arrested are…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 10, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

Members of Genovese crime family’s Springfield crew plead guilty to extortion charges

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Two associates of the Genovese crime family’s crew in Springfield, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to extortion-related charges on Monday. 50-year-old Ralph Santaniello and 54-year-old Giovanni Calabrese admitted to…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 7, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Former Lucchese mobster Frank Gioia outed as multi-million-dollar fraudster while in Witness Protection

By David Amoruso

Lucchese family mobster who flipped and helped send dozens of New York wiseguys to prison has been outed as a fraudster who scammed mall owners and developers out of tens of millions of dollars while in the Witness…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 4, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Members of Chicago’s Four Corner Hustlers gang charged with racketeering and multiple gangland slayings

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Nine alleged members of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang in Chicago were charged this week with participating in a criminal organization that murdered six people and violently protected drug-dealing territories on the city’s West and Southwest Sides.

Prosecutors say that the Four Corner Hustlers dealt…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 24, 2017 at 3:13am — No Comments

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