Genovese family bust in New Jersey with 11 members and associates charged

 

Genovese crime family round up today in New Jersey nets 11 members and associates of the New York mafia family according to Attorney General. According to the indictment warrants were issued for first tier racketeering charges including loansharking, gambling, money laundering, drugs and illegal check cashing which generated millions of dollars in illegal profits. Dubbed “Operation Fistful” it was a joint venture between multiple law enforcement agencies from New York and New Jersey.

 

Members are allegedly part of a New Jersey based crew of the Genovese family being run by Genovese capo Charles “Chuckie” Tuzzo and Vito Alberti a soldier who answered to the Genovese hierarchy back in New York.

 

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Also charged were various mob associates including Vincent P. Coppola son of imprisoned mob capo Michael Coppola, Robert “Bobby Spags” Spagnola, Abel J. Rodriguez, Flor Miranda, John W. Trainor, Manuel Rodriguez, Jennifer Mann, and Jerry J. Alabanese.

 

 

Is Joey Merlino still the boss of the Philadelphia Mafia ?

 

Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino the former and possibly current boss of the Philadelphia Mafia returned to Philly recently for a probation revocation hearing leaving many wondering what is Joey’s current status when comes to La Cosa Nostra in Philly. Since his release from prison Joey has been seemingly living the good life down in Boca Raton, Florida and when asked has maintained that he has given up on the mob and is out. But many people from law enforcement to mob buffs find it hard to believe that Joey no longer has a hand in things.

 

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“Joey Merlino”

 

From this recent hearing we know the feds have been keeping a close eye on Merlino since his release and claim he met with fellow Philly mobsters and other criminals in a violation of his probation down in Florida. Many believe this is yet another sign that Joey is still the current boss of the Philly mafia running things through his close associate and current acting boss Steve Mazzone. He took over as acting boss following the indictments of former boss Joseph Ligambi and most of his administration many of which were convicted.

 

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“Steven Mazzone”

 

But the John Gotti of Passyunk Avenue says after doing 14 years behind bars and now on other side of 50 says he has no desire to go back. He and his lawyer say he has a fresh start down in Florida and although he misses his family has no plans to return to Philly. It seems like he is on the verge of opening up a restaurant down in Boca with some investors if he beats the parole revocation case back in Philly.

 

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“Upcoming Merlino Restaurant in Boca”

 

A secretly taped conversation the feds have from back in 2010 between Joseph Ligambi , Philly mob capo Joseph “Scoops” Licata, and others in which Joey is possibly mentioned as still being the actual boss of the mafia in Philadelphia is another smoking gun for many. Many believe including some in law enforcement that Ligambi was simply handing day to day operations acting as boss for Merlino while he was away. So what do you think is Joey Merlino still the boss of the Philly mob ?

 

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Bonanno Capo Jerome Asaro pleads guilty

 

Jerome Asaro a capo in the Bonanno crime family has pleaded guilty to a variety of mafia crimes including the exhumation of a mob hit Paul Katz back in the 1980’s. The hit was allegedly done by his father Vincent Asaro also a capo in the Bonanno family back in 1969 as a favor to fellow mobster Jimmy Burke of the Lucchese family because he suspected Katz was an informant.

 

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“Jerome Asaro”

 

Vincent Asaro has been charged with his role in the infamous Lufthansa heist which Burke is believed to have masterminded. He is slated to stand trial on a slew of serious mob crimes including his part in the heist. His son Jerome now faces up to 8 years in prison after his guilty plea. Attorney’s for both father and son have asked the court to allow them to mingle while behind bars at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

 

 

Joey Merlino back in Philly in typical Merlino style but for how long

 

Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino the reputed former boss of the Philadelphia mafia was back home in Philly for first time in about a decade to face parole violation charges. Merlino made his way to the federal courthouse in typical Merlino style with his usual swagger. When leaving Merlino did so with an entourage and was questions by reporters about his return to Philly and his role in the Philly mob.

 

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“Joey Merlino back in Philly” 

 

Merlino is being charged with violating terms of his supervised release because of an alleged meeting with Philly mob capo John Ciancaglini and other reputed felons down in Florida. But attorneys for the so called John Gotti of Passyunk Avenue argues that it was a chance meeting and the feds missed the deadline to violate their client.

 

The judge in the case has withheld his ruling for now. Seen outside the courthouse among an array of local reporters was Ciangalini is what can only be called an odd twist since he was not part of the court procedures. Federal prosecutors would not go as far as saying they believed Merlino was still running the Philly mafia but did say they still consider him an active member of the mafia.

 

He could be facing anywhere from six months to a year behind bars if found guilty. There is still no word as to when the judges decision will be made public. When Merlino’s attorney was asked if Merlino was planning a return to Philly if he beat the charges he said that his client considered himself a Florida citizen but who knows what tomorrow brings.

 

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Gambino family captain George DeCicco passes away

 

George (Big George) DeCicco a long time Gambino crime family mobster has passed away at the age of 85. He was a long time lieutenant for former Gambino boss John Gotti and a leading members of the Gambino’s inner circle for years. He was the leaders of the family’s infamous Bensonhurst Crew for years and one of Gotti’s most trusted captains.

 

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“George DeCicco (second from left) with Family”

 

He was also the uncle of former Gambino under boss Frank DeCicco who was killed in a 1986 car bombing as retaliation for the unsanctioned murder of Gambino boss Paul Castellano. According to sources including law enforcement Big George was a fearsome Bath Ave presence for decades. His last arrest was back in 2007 for extortion charges.

 

Joseph Benfante a former defense attorney said his client was a gentleman and even detectives and FBI Agents used to say George always greeted them with respect and was very cordial. But prosecutors at his last trial in 2007 painted a darker portrait of a hard core mobster.