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Cocaine and Gelato: Profile of Bonanno Mafia family mobster Salvatore Russo

By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.

Bonanno crime family associate Salvatore Russo is considered trustworthy by his peers in the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on September 19, 2019 at 4:30am — No Comments

‘Ndrangheta in Greater Toronto Area hit but still too powerful – “There are 9 (Mafia clans) of us”

By Andrew Machin

On June 2, 2015, with the arrest of 19 people, the two year-long code-named Project OPhoenix closed. The Project, conducted by the Combined Special Forces Enforcement Unit for the Great Toronto Area (GTA), significantly hit, resuming the words, during its presentation, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 5, 2019 at 11:17am — No Comments

“Take responsibility as a captain to your family” - Profile: Bonanno crime family capo Joseph Sabella

By David Amoruso

Bonanno crime family captain Joseph “Joe Valet” Sabella is a prime example of the persistence of the American Mafia. At age 54, he has held a senior position in the New York mob during the 2010s. In that period, he’s done pretty much the same as what a typical mobster did in the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 2, 2019 at 3:50am — No Comments

New York Mafia associate Paul Ragusa sentenced to 6 years in prison on gun charges

By David Amoruso

Alleged New York Mafia associate Paul Ragusa was sentenced to 6 years in prison on Tuesday for possessing nine firearms, including three automatic assault rifles and a silencer. 48-year-old Ragusa was busted in Operation OTremens, a joint investigation which unearthed a partnership between Mafia families…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on July 11, 2019 at 4:00am — No Comments

How a rat brought down the Colombo Mafia family crew of “Fat Jerry,” “The Mask,” and “Mumbles”

By David Amoruso

It’s hard to run an honest loansharking business these days. Just ask Colombo Mafia family soldier Jerry Ciauri. Together with several other mobsters he ran gambling and loansharking operations in Brooklyn and Staten Island. He was doing okay until a rat in his crew began nibbling on money and then ran…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on April 9, 2019 at 5:00am — No Comments

Gambino family mobster charged with treacherous murder and robbery of his dear 78-year-old friend

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Greed kills more people than cancer, the street saying goes. It is especially true in the murder of Vincent Zito, prosecutors say. They arrested 59-year-old Anthony Pandrella, an alleged associate of the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 15, 2019 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Legendary New York Mafia boss Carmine Persico was the ultimate survivor, up until his death behind bars

By David Amoruso

Colombo crime family boss Carmine Persico has passed away. He was 85. The New York Mafia boss was known for his tenacity and ruthlessness. Despite being locked up for life, he maintained an iron grip on his mob family from behind bars. He was a pure survivor. Right up until the moment he sighed his last…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 8, 2019 at 6:51am — 2 Comments

“The Mafia defines who he is” – Profile of Toronto ‘Ndrangheta boss Giuseppe “Pino” Ursino

By David Amoruso

As far as powerful Mafia bosses go, Giuseppe Ursino (photo above) is as low-key as they come. So much so that when he was convicted of trafficking cocaine for the ‘Ndrangheta and sentenced to over a decade in prison Thursday, it was the first criminal conviction of his life.

“Pino” Ursino was born…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on March 2, 2019 at 6:23am — No Comments

Triads: Origins of the Chinese Mafia

By David Amoruso

The Chinese Mafia - better known as the Triads - has a complicated history seeped in political conflict that occurred centuries ago, when emperors and dynasties ruled China and monks used kung fu to rise up against their oppressors.

During its long and rich history China has seen a lot of bloodshed. Centuries ago Chinese…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 8, 2019 at 11:18am — No Comments

“For him, I am a god” – Profile of Russian Mafia boss, and vor v zakone, Razhden Shulaya

By David Amoruso

As a vor v zakone, mob boss Razhden Shulaya (above) was an official member of a century-old criminal tradition. As such, he was treated as Russian Mafia royalty. He used that position to run a sprawling organization involved in kidnapping, assault, fraud, extortion, and money laundering throughout the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 22, 2018 at 5:26am — No Comments

Mobsters of New York’s Gambino and Bonanno crime families sentenced on drug and gambling charges

By David Amoruso

They were rounded up in a bust said to be “a major disruption of La Costra Nostra’s activities on Long Island”. Now, mobsters John “Johnny Boy” Ambrosio, an acting captain in the Gambino family; Frank “Frankie Boy” Salerno, a soldier in the Bonanno family; and Anthony Saladino, an associate of the…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 22, 2018 at 2:00am — No Comments

A friend of Vito’s - Profile of Genovese crime family mobster Salvatore “Sally Burns” Granello

By David Amoruso

It helps to have friends in high places. It enables one to have more opportunities, but also to get away with mistakes or grave crimes even. If one’s friend is powerful enough, one could get away with anything. Until that friend is gone, of course. Like in the case of…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 8, 2018 at 9:58am — No Comments

Bonanno family capo handed 14-year prison sentence for racketeering, must pay $1.25 million and sell mansion

By David Amoruso

Crime may pay, but the government will try very hard to get that ill-gotten money from you. Not just that, they will send you off to prison for good measure. Just ask Bonanno family capo Ronald “Ronnie G” Giallanzo.

On Wednesday, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison for…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on August 17, 2018 at 4:15am — 1 Comment

Gangster Pets: Animal tales from the American Mafia to Pablo Escobar

By David Amoruso

They don’t call the criminal underworld a jungle for nothing. There are many similarities between the animal kingdom and the world of gangs and the Mafia. There is a food chain, there are specific roles to play, there is a dominant species, and there is a King that rules the land.

But what about…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on May 22, 2018 at 1:34pm — 1 Comment

“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

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

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

Japan’s banks can reject loans to Yakuza gangsters

By David Amoruso

Yakuza mobsters looking for money need to find a loan shark with good rates, because Japanese banks will reject many of them when they apply for loans. As of yesterday, the Japanese Bankers Association stated that its branches will be able to screen individual loan seekers using the National Police Agency’s database of…

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Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 5, 2018 at 5:32am — No Comments

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