October 11, 2018

This Week in Gang Land

Pill-Popping Podiatrist Popped In Prescription Pain Pill Plot

Anthony GradoGang Land Exclusive!A Brooklyn podiatrist teamed up with a pair of gangsters from rival crime families in a "sophisticated scheme" that illegally distributed at least 270,000 oxycodone pills in Brooklyn and Staten Island for two years, Gang Land has learned. The drug-peddling trio, who are all in their 50s, were also indulging in their own product, a popular pain killer drug that has been linked to thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year.

Cops got wind of the massive scheme in the winter of 2011, sources say, but it took the law about a year and a half to shutter a major piece of the mob-linked scheme and lock up the podiatrist, Enrico Caprioni. And it took four more years for the FBI to arrest the foot and pill doctor's partners – Luchese mobster Anthony Grado and Colombo associate Lawrence (Fat Larry) Tranese.

Based on dozens of state and federal court documents, and interviews with several knowledgeable sources, Gang Land's got the inside story on how the pill pushers were brought to justice following separate investigations by the NYPD, the FBI, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, and state prosecutors in Manhattan and Staten Island.

Steven CreaTop Luchese Gangster Gets Judge To Answer An 18-Month-Old Gang Land Question

A Federal judge in White Plains has resolved a couple of minor mysteries involving the prosecution of Luchese gangsters charged with the 2013 murder of former Purple Gang leader Michael Meldish.

Nicodemo Scarfo Jr.Ask Andy: Great Escapes; Mafia Style

Houdini, the world famous magician, was able to shed handcuffs, get out of sealed containers full of water, and straitjackets while dangling high above the street by developing and fine tuning his skills to become an amazing escape artist. There have been quite a few death defying escapes by wiseguys over the years, which were essentially the result of dumb luck.

 

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Mob Boss: The BookUnless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still some second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.  

Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."

The mass market, paperback version was published in 2015. It is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.

See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.

Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.


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