Tag: Organized Crime

Anthony Comello: What We Know About the 24-Year-Old Accused of Killing a Gambino Mob Boss

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When a hooded gunman pumped close to a dozen bullets into Frank Cali, a reputed leader of the Gambino crime family, outside his Staten Island home on Wednesday night, detectives naturally examined the possibility that the killing may have […]

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Staten Island Man Expected to Be Charged in Killing of Gambino Mob Boss, Police Say

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The police took a 24-year-old Staten Island man into custody in connection with the fatal shooting of the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family and expected to charge him with murder, officials said on Saturday. The motive for […]

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Man Questioned in Killing of Reputed Gambino Mob Boss on Staten Island, Police Say

The police on Saturday were questioning a Staten Island man in connection with the fatal shooting of the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, a law enforcement official said. Several officials said preliminary information suggested that the killing was not related to organized crime but one cautioned that the inquiry was still in its […]

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A Gotti Was Released From Prison, Then the Gambino Boss Was Killed. Is There a Connection?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] While Gene Gotti was in prison in the 1990s, he hatched a plan with a Gambino family associate: They would keep up a strict workout routine at the prison gym, federal agents learned. They had to stay in shape, […]

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Reputed Gambino Boss Who Shunned Limelight Is Murdered Outside Home

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Francesco Cali wore the label quietly: old school. The reputed boss of the Gambino crime family was nothing like John J. Gotti, the “Dapper Don” who ruled the same operation when Mr. Cali was a little boy. He kept […]

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Francesco Cali, Reputed Gambino Crime Boss, Shot and Killed on Staten Island

Francesco Cali, the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, was fatally shot outside his home on Staten Island on Wednesday night, a senior police official said. Mr. Cali, 53, was shot multiple times. The police said they received a report about the shooting outside 25 Hilltop Terrace in the Todt Hill section of Staten […]

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Carmine Persico, Colombo Crime Family Boss, Is Dead at 85

Carmine J. Persico, the unpredictable leader of the New York-based Colombo crime family who the authorities believe had a strong hand in the assassinations of the mob bosses Albert Anastasia and Joey Gallo, died a prisoner on Thursday in a hospital in Durham, N.C. He was 85. His lawyer, Benson […]

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‘Joe C’ and ‘Porky’ Are Accused Bonanno Mobsters. Their Defense? Ethnic Profiling

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Joseph Cammarano Jr. and John Zancocchio were Mafia bosses who profited from a mob-controlled dump on Staten Island, overseeing underlings who strong-armed victims to exact payments and instill fear. Or so federal prosecutors say. […]

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How Giuliani Might Take Down Trump

Any onetime Mafia investigator who listened to the Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen testify Wednesday would have immediately recognized the congressional hearing’s historical analogue — what America witnessed on Capitol Hill wasn’t so much John Dean turning on President Richard Nixon, circa 1973; it was the mobster Joseph Valachi turning on […]

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Jury Orders Mongols Biker Club to Forfeit Its Logo, the ‘Holy of Holies’

SANTA ANA, Calif. — For its members, a motorcycle club’s logo is both sacred and hard-earned, the banner under which its brand of rugged brotherhood and individualism exist. But in a setback to the future of one of the country’s most notorious biker groups, a federal jury in California on […]

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El Chapo Trial: Kingpin Used Spyware to Obsessively Monitor His Wife and Mistress

In the last few months, the 18 jurors at the drug conspiracy trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican kingpin known as El Chapo, have been inundated with evidence exposing the innermost secrets of his global narco-empire. But on Wednesday, the panel got a riveting and unexpected look at something […]

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The Dangers of Doing Favors for Donald Trump

The other day, a White House reporter asked the president why, if Michael Cohen was, as President Trump put it, “a weak person and a not too smart person,” then why had he hired him? “Because a long time ago, he did me a favor,” Mr. Trump replied. Mr. Trump […]

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Killings of Journalists Show the Bloody Fingerprints of Organized Crime

In Mexico, journalists have been killed by arson, gunned down at a cafe and shot execution-style while out at a bar. In Malta, one was killed by a bomb hidden in her car. In Ecuador, two were kidnapped and killed by a drug cartel, and in India, one was killed […]

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Honduran President’s Brother, Arrested in Miami, Is Charged With Drug Trafficking

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — In a blow to President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras, American prosecutors on Monday announced drug charges against his younger brother, describing him as a “large-scale drug trafficker” who spent a dozen years moving cocaine shipments bound for the United States through Central America. Juan Antonio Hernández, […]

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Inside El Chapo’s Vast Network: What We Know After the Trial’s First Week

For nearly two years, crime buffs — especially those with a fascination for the Sinaloa drug cartel — have been waiting for the sprawling drug conspiracy trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican kingpin known as El Chapo1. This is the first time American prosecutors have had the chance to […]

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Jailbreaks, Submarines, a Gold-Plated AK-47: El Chapo’s Trial Will Tell an Epic Tale

Even as the Mexican police jet started its descent into Long Island, Joaquín Guzmán Loera had no idea where he was going. All he knew was that hours earlier, he had been whisked from a prison in Ciudad Juárez and put aboard the plane. But as an airport glimmered on […]

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‘Criminals?’ Hardly. That’s Who the Caravan Flees.

As thousands of Honduran migrants seeking asylum in the United States trek northward through Mexico, President Trump has pledged to stop them at the border by militarizing it with armed federal troops, under the guise of protecting Americans from “criminals” and an “invasion.” What he fails to recognize is that […]

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Inside the Trinitarios: How a Gang Feud Led to the Death of a Teenager

‘Protection Inside the Jails’ The Trinitarios trace their roots back nearly three decades, to the simultaneous jailing of Leonides Sierra and Julio Marine, both Dominicans, on separate murder charges on Rikers Island. Harassed by gangs, the two men — known on the street as “Junito” and “Caballo” — founded the Trinitarios in 1993, “for protection […]

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Venezuela, the New Regional Crime Hub

MEDELLÍN, Colombia — Venezuela has become a regional crime hub, with profound consequences for Latin America and beyond. And with another Nicolás Maduro term, the roots of organized crime in that country will spread further. The Chavista regime is digging in. Politically, it survived the protests of 2017. The loyalty of the military ensured that […]

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