Members and associates of the Gambino crime family and the Bonanno crime family on Long Island were the targets of the latest New York mafia bust.
A new 13-count indictment was unveiled by federal prosecutors charging six members and associates of the Gambino family and one member of the Bonanno family with various charges including racketeering conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and illegal gambling. According to the feds, this criminal activity took place in both Long Island and Brooklyn between January of 2014 until December of 2017. Among the Cosa Nostra mobsters busted were John (Johnny Boy) Ambrosio an alleged acting Gambino family capo and Frank (Frankie Boy) Salerno an alleged Bonanno family soldier. It is also alleged that Thomas Anzaone, Alessandro (Sandro) Damelio, Joseph Durso, Anthony Rodolico and Anthony Saladino are associates of the Gambino family as reported by the NYdailynews.
According to prosecutors, Ambrosio was captured on tape telling someone “you can play right here” and “save gas money,” in reference to an illegal casino the Long Island mobsters were running. They also claim several of the suspected wiseguys were involved in distributing various kind of illegal drugs including cocaine. According to authorities Saladino and Salerno sold wholesale quantities of cocaine to undercover officers. The FBI’s Assistant Director-in-Charge said, “The arrests, in this case, prove organized crime families haven’t gone away, and continue to plague our communities with their general disregard for anything other than their own greed.” The joint organized crime operation is yet another example of the NY mafia families finding ways to work together to earn.
The suspected Long Island mobsters were set to be arraigned in federal court in Central Islip by United States Magistrate Judge Gary Brown.