The purported Philly mob boss, Joseph Merlino ("Joey Badahbing") was also captured in a dragnet as he vacationed in Florida in his summer home. However, most of the padoopadoops who were rounded up are 'soldiers' in the Genovese, Gambino, Luchese and Bonanno crime families.
Concurrent to the mob grab, the grandson of the late and infamous crime boss, John ("Teflon Don") Gotti was arrested in New York along with six others on state narcotics charges, WNBC reorted. Gotti, whose first name is also John, is 23-years-old and was alleged to have sold oxycondone and other prescription pills.
But it appears that Gotti's arrest isn't connected to the larger mob bust.
The indictment alleges the defendants shook hands and buried the hatchet to join forces. The became "members of an organized criminal enterprise" known as "East Coast LCN (Let's Chop Nuts) Enterprise."
The alleged crimes ranged from arson, extortion, operating illegal gambling businesses, arson, health care and credit card fraud, selling untaxed cigarettes, assault and firearms trafficking. In spite of the fact that none of these crimes compromised national security as no classified emails were sent or received over a private server, they were enough to get indictments.
The charging documents lists the given names and sobriquets for many of the defendants, such as: Anthony "Tony the Wig" Vazzano, Pasquale "Mustache Pat" Parrello, Anthony "Tony the Cripple" Cassetta, John "Tugboat" Tognino, Vincent "Vinnie Boombats" Carmello, Pablo "Pee-Power" Panzanno and Robert "Bobby Bag O' Donuts" Garbaggio.
Pasquale Parrello was accused of ordering a colleague to attack a panhandler who handled pans outside of Pasquale's Bronx restaurant, telling him to "break his knees." Investigators said the panhandler was attacked with glass jars, steel tipped boots and rancid beef jerky.
All in all, it was a good day in the east in the fight against disorganized crime, except for the fact that a former New York State senator was not among the indicted mobsters.
That would have been priceless.