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|2014-02-11| Large scale smugglenetwork unwrapped by Italian and American police
Today a joint operation between Italian and American police forces resulted in the arrest of about 26 suspected members of a massive drug network between South-America, the United States and Europe. A 2 year investigation had revealed important trafficking links between the New York Gambino family and the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta. In New York 8 members of the Gambino family were arrested. In the Gioia Tauro region of Italy police arrested 18 suspects during nightly raids in which several FBI-agents took part. According to investigators they smuggled cocaine from South America and transited it through the container port of Gioia Tauro in Calabria, hidden in cans of fruit. The charges range from mafia association to international drug trafficking and money laundering.
(Source: theguardian.com, bbc.co.uk)
|2014-01-24| Bonanno mobster arrested for participating in 1978 Lufthansa heist
On December 11, 1978, a couple of armed gangsters broke into a safe-house at John F. Kennedy International airport and stole 5 million dollars in cash money and about 1 million dollars worth of jewelry belonging to German airliner Lufthansa. It was the biggest heist in American history. The money was never found and although no one was ever convicted of the crime, the FBI had reasons to believe that the operation had been planned by Jimmy Burke, an associate of the Lucchese family. For years detectives sought clear evidence, but were unable to find it. Now, 35 years later, police arrested a new suspect of the heist. Vincent Asaro, a leading member of the Bonanno family and an old confidant of Burke, who passed away in 1996, was arrested on robbery charges and conspiracy related to the heist. Asaro is also being charged with the 1969 murder of Paul Katz, who's body recently surfaced.
|2014-01-20| 3-year old boy murdered in Mafia related takeout
Last Sunday police discovered three murdered and burned corpses in Cassano, Southern Italy. The victims had been missing since Friday. One was a 52-year old man named Joseph Iannicelli, another was his 27-year old girlfriend. But what shocked them the most, was that the killers had also murdered Iannicelli's 3-year old grandchild. The boy was living with his grandfather ever-since his parents had been arrested and jailed for drug-trafficking. Police suspects that the murders are related to a violent turf war between several clans. "In that area, the gangs , despite the heavy blows inflicted by the state, continue to sow terror and death." said the prosecutor of Catanzaro.
|2013-12-27| Montreal boss Vito Rizzuto dies
On monday, the 23th of December, Montreal boss Vito Rizzuto passed away following complications of lung cancer. He was 67. His death came to many as a surprise. Since 2009 the Rizzuto family is involved in a violent streetwar to which his father and son already fell victim. Rizzuto was released from prison in October, 2012, and from then on started to eliminate the ones who had double crossed him. However, prison had taken a toll on him and his health. It is likely that he already had appointed a successor. Nonetheless, with Rizzuto's passing the Canadian underworld has lost one of the most charismatic Mafialeaders the country had ever seen. With him, one might say, an era has died. Rizzuto will be buried next monday.
(Source: "cbc.ca, montrealgazette)
|2013-12-20| The Rizzuto war continues
Wednesday a 54-year old man named Roger Valiquette was murdered in the Laval suburb of Montreal. The victim was found next to his black Mercedes SUV on the parking lot of a restaurant. Police is searching for a Pontiac Montana minivan which contained three suspects. Valiquette was said to have been associated with Tonino Callocchia, a former ally of Vito Rizzuto. Valiquette himself was awaiting trial for death threats and possession of fire arms.
(Source: montrealgazette.com, lapresse.ca)
|2013-12-19| Former Colombo underboss Gennaro Langella dies
On December 15 former Colombo underboss Gennaro Langella passed away in a federal prison hospital in Springfield. Langella had been suffering from bad health for a couple of years. In 1986 he and seven other high profile Mafia members were trialed and sentenced in the "Commission trial", where all of them received 100-year sentences. Langella was 74 years old.
|2013-12-03| Rivals feed mobster to the pigs
In Reggio Calabria, Southern Italy, police arrested 20 men who are being accused for their involvement in several 'Ndrangheta related murders. One of their victims, Francesco Raccosta, a local clan leader, was beaten with a spade and finally was fed to the pigs while still alive. This was his punishment for killing rival clan leader Domenico Bonarrigo 11 days earlier. The crime dates back from March, 2012. Police, who had bugged the phone of one of the killers, heard how 24 year old Simone Pepe bragged to another mobster, telling him how he enjoyed to hear Raccosta shout and scream during the process of being eaten alive. "Someone said a few bits of him remained at the end of it all, but I couldn’t see anything, for me nothing remained at all. I said, wow, how a pig can eat" he added. Reason for all this is an ongoing turf war between several clans near the town of Oppido Mamertino. Police said this horrific deed proves just how cruel they really are.
|2013-11-26| Longtime Bonanno mobster Patrick DeFilippo dies in prison
Last Sunday former Bonanno capo Patrick DeFilippo passed away in federal prison, aged 74. DeFilippo had been arrested in 2006 for racketeering conspiracy and was sentenced to life imprisonment. During his last few years he suffered from bad health and heart failure. DeFilippo became a significant member of the Bonanno family under leadership of boss Joe Massino. He led a Bronx based crew and was also the one to introduce Vincent Basciano into the family. In 1999 he was responsible for the murder of Gerlando Sciascia, a murder which caused frictions between the Bonanno family and Montreal based Rizzuto family.
(Source: www.bop.gov, tonydestefano.com)
|2013-11-18| The Rizzuto war
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|2013-11-12| Montreal mobster Moreno Gallo murdered
Moreno Gallo, once a close confidant of Vito Rizzuto, was murdered last Sunday in an Italian restaurant in Acapulco, Mexico. The murder occurred on the exact same day as when family patriarch Nicolo Rizzuto was killed three years ago. The 68 year old Gallo was deported from Canada in early 2012 due to his mob ties and had moved to sunny Acapulco ever since. In the meantime Gallo was lobbying with Canadian authorities for his return. Gallo was considered to be a member of the rival fraction which fought the battered Rizzuto family for control. It is presumable that Gallo had foreknowledge of the assassination of Nicolo Rizzuto back in 2010 and now has been punished for his deeds.
(Source: www.cbc.ca, huffingtonpost.ca)