Philadelphia mafia ranks are once again growing with the release from prison of Gaeton Lucibello a one time capo in the crime family. Highly respected on the streets going all way back to the Stanfa era of the Philly mob. The now 62 year old wiseguy completed his four year prison stretch after being convicted of racketeering back in 2012. With multiple factions now on the streets in Philly from different era’s the landscape of the mafia in Philadelphia keeps getting more and more complex.
As Lucibello hits the streets former Philly mafia under boss Marty Angelina is being sent to a half way house setting up his return to the streets as well. Angelina is believed to have been named under boss after the conviction of Joseph Massimino in 2005 by the acting boss Joseph Ligambi. Both Lucibello and Angelina rose in the ranks in the Ligambi regime which has now come to an end as the Philadelphia mob runs through a time of transition. They are likely to both be looking for where they fit into the new mix.
Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino is still believed by many to be running the crime family from Florida although he is currently doing a four month stretch for a parole violation. His long time right hand man Steven Mazzone who is alleged acting boss and John “Johnny Chang” Ciangalini the acting under boss run day to day operations on the streets. Even though Merlino claims he has given up the mob life many mob insiders along with area’s of law enforcement aren’t buying it.
Many of the Scarfo-era mobsters have also returned to the streets and have begun to carve out a niche for themselves in the underworld landscape. Philip Narducci is believed to have emerged as a force among that faction after serving a couple decades behind bars and is considered to now be a force once again along with the independent 10th and Oregon crew. Brothers Joey and Tony Pungitore have also re-established themselves after doing their own long bids in the can as part of that Scarfo-era bunch.
Joseph “Chickie” Ciancaglini is also now back on streets and is said to have been named the new official under boss of family with his son Johnny Chang handling day to day duties as acting under boss. Chickie now 80 years old holds the title but may be more of a counselor then anything else with reports of his heath being in question. With multiple factions on the streets in Philly and more mobsters returning to streets it seems the puzzle of who ends up on top is going to be an ever changing one for time being.
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