July 21, 2016
This Week in Gang Land
Feds Had Three Secret Snitches On Tap If The Mob Drug Kingpin From Brooklyn Went To Trial
Franco Lupoi put up a good front for more than a year. But the feds acquired so much evidence against the international drug kingpin during their two-year, two-country sting, there was no way that the mob-connected Brooklyn gangster was going to take his chances at trial last year. If he had, though, the feds had three secret weapons they were ready to use against him, Gang Land has learned.
Three of his six codefendants in his sale of heroin to an undercover FBI agent and in plots to smuggle heroin, cocaine, and marijuana from Italy, Mexico and Guyana had secretly signed cooperation agreements with the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's office and were prepared to testify against the 46-year-old Gambino family associate.
And befitting the international flavor of the case, which also involved the Calabrian organized crime clan known as 'Ndrangheta, the lineage of the three codefendants who were ready to take the stand and back up the tapes and testimony of the Italian American G-Man who snookered his paesano Lupoi are Chinese, Latino and Greek, according to court papers filed in the case.
Longtime Gambino capo Michael (Mickey Boy) Paradiso and two dozen mob associates from four crime families, including two women, were indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on drug, gambling and tax charges Tuesday following a two year investigation that was triggered by Waterfront Commission probe of marijuana and Oxycodone trafficking on the New York piers.
Diego Rodriguez, a veteran FBI agent who oversaw the largest Mafia takedown in U.S history five years ago and who has quietly headed the agency's flagship New York office for the last year and a half, has decided to end his long government career, Gang Land has learned.
Unless 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 a year ago, however, and 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.