FBI: Five Reputed Bonanno Crime Family Members Arrested In Early Morning Raids

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several reputed high-ranking members of the Bonanno crime family have been arrested and charged with racketeering and extortion, officials said.

Those arrested include Vincent “Vinny TV” Badalamenti, 53, the highest-ranking member of the family, captains Anthony “TG” Graziano, 71, and Nicholas “Nicky Mouth” Santora, 69, acting captain Vito Balsamo, 55, and soldier Anthony Calabrese, 44, the FBI announced.

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Reputed Gambino crime family associate, 35-year-old James LaForte, was also arrested in the joint FBI and DEA raids carried out early Friday on Staten Island and Long Island, officials said.

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Sources told 1010 WINS the sweep came about with the assistance of alleged informant Hector “Junior” Pagan, the ex-husband of “Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano. She is the daughter of Anthony Graziano, who was among those arrested.

Prosecutors unsealed a 14-count indictment charging the defendants with racketeering, extortion and illegal gambling. LaForte is also charged with loansharking.

The suspects are expected to be arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court on this afternoon.

“The top echelon of the Bonanno crime family was taken down today,” DEA Special Agent In Charge Wilbert Plummer told 1010 WINS. “These arrests prove that the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force is cleaning up the streets of New York.”

The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation that has resulted in the prosecution of more than 175 members and associates of the Bonanno family.

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  • lee

    Corrupt D.O.J. employees where placing small amounts of arsenic in their suspects food.

  • Bklynboy

    I must say I watched Mob Wives once and these women are really ugly and act like animals. No better then eggplants

  • Bobby b

    Renee, I hope u realize your TV stunts have a direct impact on the attention the guys are getting from the Feds. Your using your father to financially benefit while he’s locked up. You think for one second the federal government is going to sit back and let ANYONE make a dime when the ideology behind your show is associated to a Family that the Feds have been on top of for years? Honey, if u were flipping burgers at McDonalds they’d lock up Ronald McDonald himself. Things are bad enuf these days without you guys trying to be movie star wannabes. Are u lady’s done with your feeble attempt at 15 minutes of fame? Put this TV crap to bed already, ur Dads not gonna get any younger in jail and that’s where he’s going to remain so long as he keeps getting this direct attention that you are indirectly bringing upon him. Let your X husbands recent actions guide you in your future plans so that you may now learn the hard way that your best friend is in your pocket and the only person u can truly trust these days is the person in your shoes. A secret used to be between 2 people, now-a-days a secret is something only u know and never share with anyone. Your dads probably discussed beyond belief with u. It’s him that should be in SIUH getting juiced up on Zanax, not u. You should be in the Psych unit having ur head examined. Knock this crap off b4 they start picking people up by the bus load cause u and ur little crew in heels may very well be on one of those busses. You got two things to worry about, that’s your father and son. You’re a mother and a daughter – not a movie star……

  • Kize

    What difference does it make if they gonna kill his butt for being a snitch!! He’s crazy – he should have just took the jail time. Now he’ll have to look over his shoulder for the rest of his life and maybe even put his own son and exwife in danger for being a snitch.

  • Joyce Steele

    They were going to bury Junior under the prison. The Feds are so dirty they have the prisons bursting to the seams with lifers. The Federal government are the worse criminals on earth.

  • pugphan

    they’re all DEMs…Dem Evil Mofoes! smokersodysseycom

  • Lori-Ann Vento

    Jr is a RATTTTT!!!

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