January 13, 2021 – Young, ambitious New York and Philadelphia mob associate Pete (Peter Pan) Tuccio took a plea deal this week and will do 10 years in federal prison for extortion. The 28-year old Tuccio is connected to the Lucchese and Gambino crime families in New York and close to Bruno-Scarfo crime family boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino in Philly.

Since 2017, Tuccio has been seen frequently in the company of the Merlino crew, chauffeuring Merlino to court appointments in the Big Apple and hanging out with Merlino lieutenants in Philly, New York, New Jersey and South Florida. Skinny Joey, 58, relocated to Boca Raton after serving a prison sentence for racketeering and runs his crime family via a series of buffers and street bosses, per sources.

Tuccio was charged in 2018 with extortion for torching a debtor’s car in Queens on behalf of Gambino captain Ignazio (Uncle Iggy) Alonga four years earlier. He is the nephew of Lucchese captain Joseph (Joe Café) DeSena. With his plea, Tuccio admitted he collected $5,000 worth of street tax from a Queens pizza parlor owner being shaken down by the now-deceased Uncle Iggy Alonga and set the extortion victim’s Mercedes-Benz aflame when he neglected to make a $400 payment.

Alonga was once part of the famed Gotti crew in the Gambino clan and passed away from cancer in 2016. DeSena allegedly oversees Lucchese affairs in the Little Italy section of Manhattan.

While awaiting the resolution of his case, Tuccio was out on bond on home confinement. Photos of Tuccio smoking cigars in his backyard with Philly mob figures surfaced on social media this past summer.

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