NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Nine reputed members of the Bonanno crime family were charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday with what prosecutors called old-school mob activity: gambling, loan sharking, extortion and drugs.
A two-year investigation dismantled one crew of the family, including a captain, two capos, a soldier and several associates, two of whom were members of an International Brotherhood of Teamsters local union, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. said.
“Many mistakenly believe that the mob has disappeared entirely except if you watch HBO,” he said, referring to “The Sopranos.” “But we know in fact this is not the case.”
As CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported, it may seem appropriate if the tactics do sound like they are straight out of the movies, because one of the defendants was portrayed in one. Nicholas “Nicky Mouth” Santora was played by Bruno Kirby in the 1982 classic “Donnie Brasco.”
Prosecutors said Santora and his cronies, including the former president of Local 917, were accused of using their union positions to solicit members as clients for their criminal enterprises, including online gambling. The two union members were also charged with perjury, prosecutors said.
“Times have changed since Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, but organized crime still exerts a corrupting influence on our city and in this case, in our labor unions,” Vance said.
According to the 158-page indictment, the crew made money by selling marijuana and Oxycodone and conspired to sell 300,000 tablets of Viagra and Cialis, prosecutors said. They were also accused of gun possession.