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Authorities in El Paso arrest 14 members of Orrantia organization on drug and money laundering charges

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Federal and state authorities arrested 14 members of the Orrantia drug organization, including the group’s leader Mario Armando Orrantia, on federal narcotics trafficking charges. 51-year-old Orrantia was responsible for the smuggling of hundreds of kilograms of …

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on June 24, 2017 at 10:12am — No Comments

Major international drug transporter who used submarines, planes to move tons of cocaine extradited from Colombia

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Colombian narcotics trafficker Gustavo Bermudez-Vanegas has been brought into the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday where he was arraigned on an international cocaine distribution conspiracy charge. The 57-year-old drug lord was arrested in Colombia on a provisional arrest warrant issued from…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 27, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Spanish police bust Croatian marijuana trafficking gang

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The Spanish Guardia Civil, supported by Europol and the Croatian National Police, arrested ten members of a Croatian organized crime group involved in the cultivation, processing and trafficking of marijuana. During five house…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 8, 2017 at 10:19am — No Comments

FBI sting operation snares Turkish Canadian drug boss – Tried smuggling 100 kilos of cocaine to Canada

By David Amoruso

The United States may be one of the biggest consumer markets for drugs of any kind, but at the same time there is no country on earth that enforces its anti-drug laws as rigorously. Smugglers, traffickers and kingpins the world over have taken note and fear ending up in a U.S. prison. Still, sometimes the lure of untold…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 28, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Italian police bust drug trafficking Camorra clan and retrieve stolen Van Gogh paintings worth $100 million

By David Amoruso

Police in Italy scored a nice bonus this week when they busted a Neapolitan Camorra clan and recovered two stolen paintings from Vincent van Gogh worth $100 million in the process. The paintings of the Dutch master had been stolen in Amsterdam in 2002 and were missing ever since. Beside the painting, authorities seized…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 21, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Keeping the New York docks in the (Mafia) family: From the Gigantes to the daughter of “Lefty” of Donnie Brasco fame

By David Amoruso

In the past few decades, various prosecutors have announced the end of the American Mafia several times, but each time La Cosa Nostra popped up at exactly those places where it was said to have become extinct. A NY Times piece about the New York harbor showed that despite prosecutions, the area made famous by On the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 12, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Mafia Math: Calculating Italian organized crime’s illicit income

By David Amoruso

How much money does the Italian Mafia make? How many billions of dollars go up the chain through the organizations of Sicily’s Cosa Nostra, Campania’s Camorra, and Calabria’s ‘Ndrangheta? Criminology professor Francesco Calderoni did the math and came up with some very interesting numbers, numbers that many deem the most…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 6, 2016 at 6:42am — 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

Austrian police dismantle Chechen organized crime network

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The Austrian Federal Criminal Police Office arrested seven alleged members of a Chechen organized crime group in Vienna and Hohenems, Europol reported today. This group was involved in a number of criminal activities, including extortion, arms trafficking and illegal gambling.

“In the early morning of 22 March,…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 7, 2016 at 9:36am — No Comments

Smuggling ring forced minors into begging, pickpocketing

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

French and Romanian authorities, supported by Europol, have dismantled an organized crime network involved in trafficking underage Romanian nationals into forced criminality, forced begging, pickpocketing, handling stolen goods, and money laundering.

The crime ring has been the subject of a large-scale international…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 12, 2016 at 5:13am — No Comments

Maryland trafficker found guilty in $108 million drug case

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Andracos “Draco” Marshall was found guilty by a federal jury on Monday and convicted for a $108 million drug distribution and money laundering conspiracy. The Maryland drug trafficker faces a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced on June 6.

During a 13-day trial…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on February 10, 2016 at 1:55am — No Comments

Mexican cartels tighten iron grip on US drug markets

By David Amoruso

Mexican criminal organizations are the biggest drug threat to the United States, the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment by the DEA reports. They already are the primary suppliers of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana, but continue to ramp up production and trafficking to flood drug markets in the U.S. “These groups are…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 9, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Nigerian cocaine traffickers busted in Luxembourg

PRESS RELEASE

A Nigerian organized crime network in large-scale cocaine trafficking was dismantled by authorities in Luxembourg, Europol announced today. Nineteen individuals have been detained. The group is accused of selling and distributing cocaine from Belgium to Luxembourg.

The coordinated law enforcement operation was led by Luxembourg's Grand Ducal Police and supported by Luxembourg Customs and Europol.

On…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 29, 2015 at 7:23am — No Comments

Italian Mafia boss talks about ‘Ndrangheta’s global reach

By David Amoruso

The code of silence is held in high regard by members of the ‘Ndrangheta. No one knows this more than Emilio di Giovine, a former boss who turned on the mob and became a witness for the government. “It’s dangerous for me, with the ‘Ndrangheta you are never safe.” Despite the dangers, he is eager to tell his story and shed light on…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 29, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Operation Mexicalley drug boss sentenced to 144 months

PRESS RELEASE

Drug boss Richard E. Alley was sentenced to 144 months in prison for leading a ring responsible for distributing massive amounts of methamphetamine throughout West Tennessee, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee announced Monday.

According to the indictment, between February and August 2013, 41-year-old Alley…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 28, 2015 at 11:12am — No Comments

Latin Kings bosses and gang members charged with racketeering and drug dealing

PRESS RELEASE

Central Region “Inca,” or leader, of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Latin Kings), and 60 of his fellow members and associates are in custody facing charges for their roles in a racketeering and drug distribution scheme in the Austin, San Antonio, and Uvalde areas.

As a result of this investigation, federal grand juries sitting in Del Rio and San Antonio have indicted 37…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 16, 2015 at 10:27am — No Comments

Mexico extradites major cartel bosses to face charges in US

David Amoruso / PRESS RELEASE

Two high-level drug cartel bosses were among a group of 13 individuals extradited from Mexico to the United States to face charges pending in various jurisdictions, including the murders of a U.S. Consulate employee and two others, and other violent crimes and drug trafficking-related offenses.

The…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on October 2, 2015 at 11:40am — No Comments

Profile: British drug boss Anthony Dennis

By David Amoruso

For decades, British criminals have taken advantage of the fact they were citizens of an island nation. Whenever the law came to close they skipped across the pond to Europe, preferably sunny Spain. When Anthony Dennis was accused of importing copious amounts of drugs he did the same. Authorities, however, wised up, and when they…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 18, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How ATF’s Fast and Furious crashed and burned

By David Amoruso

It was to be the a huge blow against Mexican drug cartels. “These cartels will be destroyed,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. Led by the ATF, Operation Fast and Furious was to cripple the cartels’ ability to traffic and use American guns. But things turned out very differently and people continue to die from ATF-facilitated…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 7, 2015 at 8:09am — No Comments

The scoop on the man who brought down Genovese

“His impact on the American Mafia was much more than to just have helped the law incarcerate a man who at the time, they considered perhaps the most powerful hoodlum in the country. By helping to nail him and thus sending him to prison, he created a chain of events that would have perhaps, the most significant repercussions on Italian-American organized crime…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 12, 2014 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

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