Posts byScott Burnstein

Hey, Joe, Welcome Back, Boss: Buffalo Mobster Big Joe Todaro Might Not Be Retired After All

According to court documents in a drug-trafficking case out of Canada, Joseph (Big Joe) Todaro, Jr. replaced Leonard (Lennie Calzones) Falzone as boss of the Buffalo mob two years ago upon Falzone’s death of natural causes. The Western New York crime family’s underboss Dom Violi, 52, was sentenced to eight years in prison by a
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The Quebec Biker War Timeline: Murder & Mayhem In Montreal In Fight For Biker Kingdom

The Quebec Biker War ripped through Canada in the 1990s and early 2000s, claiming more than 100 bodies when the Hells Angels MC and the Rock Machine MC clashed in a battle for drug, gambling, prostitution and extortion turf in Montreal and beyond. The Hells Angels, the gold-standard for biker crews in America, landed in Montreal in 1977.
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Getting Juiced In: The Detroit Mob’s Giacalone Brothers Burned On Fed Wire In Their HQ Back In 1960s

The Giacalone brothers (“Tony Jack” & “Billy Jack”) were the Detroit mafia’s street bosses in the second half of the 20th Century, the proverbial “faces of the franchise” for the mob in Motown from the 1950s into the 2000s. Below are snippets of FBI wire transcripts from the bug at their Home Juice Company headquarters
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Billy Wadd’s Revenge: Devils Diciples’ Detroit Empire Fell Apart When MC Turned On Boss With Conscience

The Devils Diciples biker gang in Detroit was done in a decade before the indictment hit. As soon as the club’s Westside Detroit chapter boss William (Billy Wadd) Smith flipped in early 2003, the highest level of the Devils Diciples were on borrowed time. Billy Wadd joined Team America after learning “DD” national president and Michigan
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A Marching Saint: Dickey Moltisanti Role Cast In Sopranos Movie, Nivola Receives Nod

Actor Allesandro Nivola, best known for co-starring in Face-Off with Nicolas Cage and American Hustle with Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence, will play Dickey Moltisanti in The Sopranos movie being produced jointly by Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema. Moltisanti was never seen on screen, only referenced in the landmark HBO drama which ran from 1999 to 2007
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The Devil Is In The Details: Devils Diciples MC Boss Saddled With Life Prison Sentence

Michigan biker boss Jeff (Fat Dog) Smith was recently sentenced to life in federal prison for a drug and racketeering conviction from three years ago. The 63-year old Smith is the former national president of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club. He was indicted in 2012 along with more than 50 other gang members and associates. The Devils Diciples (intentionally misspelled) were founded out of
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Historic Miami Drug Baron Of The ’80s Broomed Out Of The Country, Deported To Dominican Republic

The No. 1 Cocaine Cowboy, notorious Miami drug kingpin Willy Falcon, was deported to the Dominican Republic this month, more than a year following being released from federal prison on a money laundering conviction. The native Cuban fought returning to his homeland because of his participation in a CIA-funded plot in the 1990s to overthrow communist dictator
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White As A Ghost: Whitey Bulger Was Assigned To Share Cell With One Of His Alleged Murderers, Per Reports

Slain Boston Irish mob boss James (Whitey) Bulger was supposed to share a cell with one of his alleged killers, another Massachusetts wiseguy named Paul (Little Paulie) DeCologero in the West Virginia federal correctional facility where he was snuffed out mere hours after arriving via a suspicious transfer order, according to newly published reports on
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The NYC-To-South Philly Connection: Skinny Joey’s Pal Popped By Feds, Might Join Philly Mob Boss Behind Bars

The young buck on his hip could be joining Philadelphia mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino in prison. Peter Tuccio, the 25-year old Gambino crime family wiseguy spotted driving and accompanying Merlino on recent trips to court in New York and visits to South Philly, was indicted by the feds this week for extortion and arson related
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Fresh Info On The Sopranos Prequel Surfaces, Tony Soprano Will Be Major Character In Buzzy Upcoming Film

New plot details have emerged into the public consumption sphere about the much-anticipated prequel film to The Sopranos, the groundbreaking HBO television show of the 2000s which followed the mob and family life of fictional New Jersey gangster Tony Soprano played in career and genre-defining fashion by James Gandolfini. The Tony Soprano character will be
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Holidays Come Early For “Rudy Pooty,” Detroit Boys Gang Leader In North Carolina Gifted New Trial

Drug gang boss Rudolph (Rudy Pooty) Coles had his 2017 narcotics trafficking conviction tossed out by the North Carolina Court of Appeals this week and will get a new trial. Coles, 62, is one of the leaders of the Detroit Boys Gang, a criminal organization from Michigan that relocated down south, setting up satellites in North Carolina, West Virginia and
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‘Lil’ Man & The Mayor: Crimetown Podcast Puts Microscope On Links Tying Curry Boys To Detroit Mayor

The relationship between the old Curry Brothers Gang led by 1980s-era Detroit drug kingpin Johnny Curry and deceased Detroit Mayor Coleman Young gets a deep dive in Episodes 6 and 7 of the critically-lauded podcast Crimetown. Curry ruled the Eastside dope game in Motown at the peak of the government’s War on Crack with Young’s beautiful niece on his arm. Young served five terms as Mayor
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Jack In The Box: Detroit Don “Black Jack” Tocco Benefited From Controversial Sentence 20 Years Ago

Many people close to the situation point to the aftermath of Detroit mob boss Giacomo (Black Jack) Tocco’s 1998 federal racketeering conviction as an example of how far and deep his connections ran in white-collar circles. Tocco, who passed away in the summer of 2014 and jurors found guilty of heading a 30-year organized crime
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Adios Kiko: Mexican Drug Boss “Kiko” Trevino To Do Life In Prison, U.S. Judge Sends Cartel Leader Away

Mexican drug lord Juan Francisco (Kiko) Trevino was sentenced to five concurrent life prison sentences in a U.S. Federal Court in Texas this week, following a seven-count conviction for racketeering and narcotics trafficking back in the summer. Kiko Trevino, 38, is the don of Mexico’s Del Noreste Cartel, a breakoff faction of the lethal Los
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The Whitey Bulger Hit List Timeline (1969-1985): Boston’s Legendary Crime Boss Killed Often In Heyday

Storied South Boston Irish mob boss James (Whitey) Bulger was killed last week behind bars at a federal correctional facility in West Virginia. Bulger, 89, was one of America’s most powerful crime lords of the late 20th Century and a longtime FBI informant. He was convicted of racketeering and murder in 2013 after more than
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Whitey Bulger Had Paintings From Famous Gardner Museum Robbery, Sent Them To IRA, Per Former Cop

According to a retired European cop, recently-slain Boston Irish crime lord James (Whitey) Bulger sent the IRA the stolen masterpieces from the notorious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist back in the 1990s as compensation for weapons seized by authorities in an overseas shipment arranged by the Southie mob boss years earlier that went awry. The brazen 1990 Gardner
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Boston’s Brutal Irish Mob War Set The Stage For Whitey Bulger’s Ascent In The Underworld

The path to power for epic Boston crime lord James (Whitey) Bulger was paved by a blood-spattered Irish mob war which lasted over a decade. The war first saw mob crews from Charlestown and Somerville lock horns and then South Boston’s Killeen Brothers Gang and the Mullens Gang get involved in the action. In the end, the recently-slain Bulger’s Winter Hill Gang, an offshoot of
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Whitey Bulger & The Detroit Mafia: Boston’s Winter Hill Gang Came To Motown To Fix Horse Races

The Detroit mafia did business with legendary Boston Irish mob boss James (Whitey) Bulger in the late 1970s, as the Zerilli-Tocco crime family and Bulger’s Winter Hill Gang joined forces to fix horse races. The Winter Hill Gang’s race-fixing crew operated in the Motor City for almost two years at Zerilli-Toco controlled stables until it was busted by the Detroit FBI in 1976. Neither
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What Position Is Faffy Iannarella Playing In The Philly Mafia? Scarfo Era Captain Back In The Mix With Merlino Gang

Philadelphia mobster Francis (Faffy) Iannarella has a heavier workload these days. The old-school Mafioso is in line to be the Bruno-Scarfo crime family’s new consigliere and has been middling for Family administrators lately, holding meetings with subordinates on their behalf, per sources. The highly-trusted 71-year old Iannarella was released from a 29-year prison stint in 2016. According
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The Young & The Wealthy: Crimetown Podcast Points The Spotlight On Detroit’s iconic YBI Drug Crew

The acclaimed Crimetown podcast tackles the groundbreaking Detroit drug gang, Young Boys, Incorporated (YBI) in Episode 5 of its second season. YBI boldly and flamboyantly ruled Motown’s heroin trade in the late 1970s and early 1980s, revolutionizing the way narcotics were marketed and distributed in a city long known as an international drug-world mecca. Original YBI lieutenant James (Pep) Cooper gave
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The G-Man Who Jumpstarted ‘White Boy Rick’ Urban Legend Dies, Fmr. Star Teen Informant Remains Locked Up

Retired FBI agent Jim Dixon, the man responsible for the controversial recruitment of Detroit teenager Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe, Jr. as a confidential informant fresh out of the eighth grade at just 14 years old three and a half decades ago, died of cancer this month. He was 70. Wershe, 49 today, has been
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Returning To The Frontlines: Philly Mob Figure Faffy Iannarella Gets In Merlino Crew’s Good Graces, Per Reports

According to sources in South Philadelphia and the newest edition of the cult classic Mob Talk Sitdown video blog hosted by award-winning journalists and Philly mobologists Dave Schratwieser and George Anastasia, Bruno-Scarfo crime family old timer Francis (Faffy) Iannarella is back in the fold in high-end mob affairs out of the City of Brotherly Love (you can watch the
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Facing The Music: Killer Of Disgraced New Orleans Wiseguy Gets Four Years In The Can

The man who murdered New Orleans gangland figure Kent (Frenchy) Brouillette was sentenced to four years in Louisiana state prison this week. Big Easy guitarist Bill Bonham fatally stabbed the big-living mobster in 2015 in a fight at a New Orleans flophouse over Brouillette’s selling off Bonham’s instruments to maintenance his drug habit. The 53-year old Bonham pleaded guilty back
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Head Games, ChiTown Style: Operation Headache Crashed Larry Hoover’s Gangster Disciple Kingdom In 1990s

Larry Hoover’s Gangster Disciples street gang empire in Chicago crumbled 25 years ago when a top lieutenant flipped and the government got innovative. Hoover was already behind bars on a murder conviction when he and 40 GD leaders and enforcers were brought down in 1995’s sprawling Operation Headache bust. The most damning evidence against Hoover came
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Kanye’s Fake News: Rapper Shows Ignorance In Pleading For Chicago Gang Boss’ Prison Release To Prez

Hip hop superstar and the music world’s resident provocateur Kanye West spewed so-called “Fake News” in his much-publicized appearance at the White House last week, ranting vociferously, yet extremely inaccurately about the continued incarceration of Chicago crime lord Larry Hoover, imprisoned on a murder conviction from the 1970s and a racketeering conviction from the 1990s.
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Super Cop & Cleveland Mob Nemesis Ed Kovacic Dies At 88, Leaves Behind Sparkling Body Of Work

Famous Midwest mob buster Ed Kovacic, the man who spearheaded the dismantling of the Cleveland mafia in the late 1970s and early 1980s, died of natural causes last week when he suffered a stroke. Actor Val Kilmer played a role based on Kovacic in the 2011 Hollywood film Kill The Irishman. The notoriously hard-nosed Kovacic
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21 Questions: Jeff Fort’s Black P Stone Rangers’ ‘Main 21’ Made Mark In Chicago Gangland Scene

Chicago’s Black P Stone Rangers were founded on the Windy City’s South Side in 1962 when Jeff Fort’s Black Stone Raiders gang and Eugene (Bull) Hairston’s Harper Boys gang merged. Fort went on to become one of the most notorious urban gang leaders in Chicago history. By the mid-1960s, Fort and Hairston would consolidate 21
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Chewing The Fat: Crimetown Season 2 Delves Into Detroit Drug Boss Eddie Jackson’s Run Atop ’70s Dope Game

The quiet storm that was the 1970s Detroit drug empire led by Eddie (The Fat Man) Jackson is getting a deep dive this week in the acclaimed Crimetown podcast. Jackson ruled over the booming Motown heroin trade in the mid-1970s with panache and prudence, gaining a reputation for being a gentleman gangster and bridging the
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Chicago Vice: The Lloyd-Williams War For Control Of Vice Lords Empire Raged On Windy City’s West Side In ’93

The Vice Lords street gang erupted into war 25 years ago, as legendary Chicago crime lord Willie Lloyd squared off with his former acting boss Tyrone (Baby Ty) Williams for bragging rights in the drug game on the Windy City’s notoriously dangerous West Side after Lloyd was released from a prison stay in the early 1990s.
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GR EXCLUSIVE: Chicago Mafia’s Grand Ave. & Cicero Crews Getting Glimpses From Feds For Old Outfit Murders

Federal authorities in Illinois are probing cold-case Chicago mob murders, including the 1977 Chuckie Nicoletti hit and the 1983 Allen Dorfman hit, according to sources in Windy City law enforcement. The fresh look at the unsolved gangland slayings is part of a multi-agency investigation into the Chicago Outfit’s West Side and Cicero regimes, per these
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Windy City Biker World Big Shot Orvie The Anvil Cops Plea, Outlaws MC Boss Has Murder Beefs Dropped

Chicago biker boss Orville (Orvie the Anvil) Cochran of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club pleaded guilty to racketeering offenses this week out of federal court in Milwaukee in a case tied to an indictment from almost two decades years ago. Cochran’s plea deal calls for prosecutors to drop two homicide conspiracies he was charged with taking part in during the 1990s. He faces
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New Scorsese Movie Has Dave Johnson & Billy Giacalone Characters, Supergroup Hoffa Pic In Post Production

Historic Detroiters Dave Johnson and Vito (Billy Jack) Giacalone have roles based on them in the highly-anticipated upcoming Martin Scorsese film The Irishman about the murder of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa and his friendship with east coast hit man Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran. Johnson was Hoffa’s grizzled aid-de-camp in Motown during his reign atop the
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Son Of A Gun From Motown: Pony Down Progeny Going To Trial For Drug Dealing In Ohio

Leroy Buttrom, Jr., the son of 1980s Detroit drug lord, Leroy (Gun) Buttrom, is facing trial for drug trafficking himself out of Ohio in November. The feds did in his dear old dad more than three decades ago. Today, it’s the state authorities coming after junior. The 39-year old Buttrom, Jr. was traveling in a car
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Who Is Sean Richard & Why Does The Mob Want Him Dead: N.J. Don’s Son-In-Law Vs. The Lucchese Family

Sean Richard lived a rags to riches gangland tale in his younger days before it crashed and burned two decades ago. To salvage himself from the wreckage, he turned on his New Jersey mob boss father-in-law and a group of powerful mafia figures in New York and disappeared into the Witness Protection Program. Out of sight, maybe, but he
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Through The Looking Glass: N.J. Mob Boss’ One-Time Son-In-Law Had Murder Contract On Head In WitSec

They say revenge is a dish best served cold. Joe Glasses waited 16 years to seek his. New York mobster Joseph (Joe Glasses) Datello copped a plea this week in federal court to an attempted murder charge related to a 2017 racketeering indictment aimed at dismantling the Lucchese crime family and fingering Datello (pictured above) in
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Going Over To The Dark Side: Toronto Mobster “Dark Danny” Ranieri Meets His Maker In Mexico As A Fugitive

Canadian mob figure Daniele (Dark Danny) Ranieri was killed in Cancun, Mexico earlier this year while on the run from the law, dodging an extortion indictment out of Ontario in 2015. The 33-year old Ranieri was the Rizzuto crime family’s crew boss in Toronto. He was found in a beachside ditch in February, bound, gagged and shot
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Jailed Chicago Mafia Boss’ Nephew Sammy Galioto Goes Down For The Count, Dies Young In ’18

Chicago wiseguy Sammy Galioto, the nephew of an Outfit don, died of natural causes this week at just 57. Galioto’s uncle was James (Jimmy the Man) Marcello, the Chicago mafia’s acting boss in the early-to-mid 2000s who is currently serving a life prison sentence. His father Billy Galioto, a bookie and former Chicago Police officer, used to occasionally
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Gunning It Towards The Biker Gods: Outlaws MC’er “Pistol Pete” Saladrigas Passes Away In Prison

Imprisoned Florida Outlaws Motorcycle Club member Pedro (Pistol Pete) Saladrigas died recently of natural causes serving a life sentence in a Daytona Beach state prison for a double murder. He was 60 years old and in the club’s South Florida chapter based in Ft. Lauderdale. Saladrigas had been behind bars for more than three decades.
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The Open Case File On Cadillac Frank: Federal Prosecutor Claims Former N.E. Mob Boss Has Many More Hits Under Belt

At last week’s sentencing hearing in federal court where former New England mafia don Francis (Cadillac Frank) Salemme got saddled with a life prison term for ordering the murder of his business partner, Boston nightclub owner Stevie DiSarro, back in May 1993, U.S. Attorney and famous mob buster Fred Wyshak told Judge Allison Burroughs that the government suspected Salemme took part in
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Upcoming TV Series To Tackle “Bumpy” Johnson’s Golden Years As New York’s Black Godfather

Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker will play legendary African-American crime lord Ellsworth (Bumpy) Johnson in an upcoming cable television series chronicling Johnson’s final years reigning over New York’s black underworld in the 1960s called The Godfather of Harlem. Part of the storyline will involve Johnson getting into a feud with the Genovese crime family of New
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“Maserati Rick” Met Brutal End To His Reign As Detroit Drug Boss, Bold Underworld Assassination Occurred 30 Yrs. Ago

Dapper Detroit drug don Richard (Maserati Rick) Carter was killed in maybe the most brazen gangland slaying in Motown’s storied underworld history 30 years ago this week. The suave, handsome and notoriously well-connected crime lord is best remembered for being buried in a $25,000 custom-made gold-plated Mercedes-Benz coffin. The 29-year old Carter was shot to
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The White Boy Rick Movie Scorecard: Dissecting The New True-Crime Thriller’s Cast of Characters

The movie White Boy Rick hits theatres this week and Gangster Report is the place to get the skinny on what’s real and what’s fictionalized for the big screen. Starring newcomer Richie Merritt and Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey, the film tells the incredible true story of Richard (White Boy Rick) Wershe, Jr., the longest-serving non-violent juvenile
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Tarantino Finds A Majority Of His ‘Manson Family’ For New Movie, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Most of the Manson Family has been cast in writer-director extraordinaire Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, a tale of Los Angeles and the movie industry in the late 1960s using the iconic Manson Family murders as a backdrop and lens into the juicy subject matter. Highly-respected television character actor Damon
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The Q Rating: Running Down The Roster Of Detroit’s Lewis Drug Gang, Top Dogs In 2000s Weed Trade

The Quasand (Q-Dawg) Lewis drug organization was a true force to be reckoned with in the Metro Detroit underworld of the early 2000s. Lewis, 48, was the Motor City’s most prominent marijuana kingpin at the dawning of the New Millennium, making tens of millions of dollars slinging his leafy product from the dark alleys of the inner city to the rolling hills
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Detroit Underworld Legend Of 2000s, Drug Kingpin Quasand Lewis Out Of Prison After 13 Years

Former Detroit drug lord Quasand (Q-Dawg) Lewis was released from federal prison last week and placed into a halfway house in Orlando, Florida. The 48-year old Lewis was Michigan’s biggest wholesale marijuana dealer of the early 2000s. His cousin, deceased NBA player Robert (Tractor) Traylor, got nailed for helping him hide money. Lewis was convicted in
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West End Gang Leader “The Weasel” Lives Up To Nickname, Avoided Arrest In Pair Of ’90s Hits

In the years before he was imprisoned for drugs and a murder conspiracy, Montreal Irish mob boss Allan (The Weasel) Ross ordered a pair of gangland slayings he never faced justice for, according to Royal Mounted Canadian Police records: the 1990 Salvatore Luzi homicide and the 1991 murder of Ricky McGurnaghan. The man they called
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Irish Mafia Don “The Weasel” Dead At 74, Montreal Drug Lord Dies In U.S. Prison System

Montreal Irish mob boss Allen (The Weasel) Ross died behind bars last week in an American prison in North Carolina. He was 74 years old and had been locked up since the early 1990s. Court records reveal he battled colon cancer and diabetes. Ross led Montreal’s West End Gang from 1984 until he was incarcerated
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New England Mafia Associates Secure Plea Deals In Assault Case Rooted In Audacious Robbery

A pair of Providence mob associates copped plea deals this week stemming from their arrest this summer for trying to avenge a 2017 burglary. Rhode Island wiseguy Ricky Dion pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and conspiracy charges handed down in July and east coast real estate mogul Frank Zammiello, a treasured confidant to
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The String Cheese Incident: Eastside Detroit Gangbanger Gets Near-Decade Behind Bars For Racketeering

Detroit street gang member Mario (Ugg) Jackson received a nine-and-a-half year federal prison sentence this week in U.S. District Court for drug distribution, attempted murder and racketeering. The 24-year old Jackson is a part of the Cheddar Grove gang on Motown’s east side. He pleaded guilty in March to charges brought in a 2016 indictment naming 11
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Pagan’s MC Boss “Rooster” Katona Quest For Conviction Reversal Hits Dead End At High Court In Penn.

Former Pagan’s Motorcycle Club National President Dennis (Rooster) Katona lost his bid for freedom this summer when the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court overturned the state’s appellate court ruling from almost two years ago tossing out Katona’s narcotics conviction from 2014. The hulking, long-haired and heavily-tattooed Katona, 52, was found guilty of intent to distribute a controlled substance at a bench trial
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