March 7, 2000 |
A Phoenix judge denied a request to drop drug charges against Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano after lawyers argued the former mob hit man was arrested without a proper warrant and was denied an attorney at his initial hearing. Attorney Larry Hammond made the arguments during a bond hearing for Gravano, who was arrested Feb. 24 and charged with involvement in an Ecstasy-selling ring.
February 25, 2000 |
Former Mafia hit man Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano--whose testimony helped send crime boss John Gotti to prison for life--was arrested Thursday in Phoenix for his role in allegedly financing a drug ring that supplied the drug Ecstasy to the area's burgeoning "rave" scene, police said. Gravano and his wife, daughter and son were among 35 people arrested in early-morning raids around the Phoenix metropolitan area.
July 19, 1999 |
Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, the famed New York mob underboss-turned-informer, is making a new life in Phoenix with no fears that his former Mafia compatriots will come seeking revenge. Since leaving the federal witness protection program, Gravano has a business, a publicist and a lawyer. In a rare interview, Gravano told the Arizona Republic that he feels safe because he's become pals with FBI agents and U.S. marshals, who visit and talk with him by phone.
November 29, 1997 |
Mexican authorities say a suspected gunman for the Tijuana drug cartel, slain in a Thanksgiving Day attack on a Tijuana journalist, may have been a member of the California prison-based Mexican Mafia. The involvement of David Barron Corona in the assassination attempt on editor Jesus Blancornelas was the latest twist in a series of cross-border crimes that underscore the transnational character of the drug empire allegedly run by the Arellano Felix brothers, U.S. and Mexican federal sources say.
October 16, 1997 |
Asserting that organized crime wants to regain influence at the Teamsters Union, a senior Justice Department official asked Congress to continue funding the government's oversight of the union's election. Acting Assistant Atty. Gen. John Keeney defended the $17.5 million the government spent on the 1996 election and urged House Republicans to drop opposition to a request for $7.4 million to underwrite a rerun ordered after Teamsters President Ron Carey's victory was overturned.
June 12, 1996 |
Federal agents Tuesday announced the arrests of three reputed leaders and 15 members of the Genovese organized crime family--the nation's most powerful Mafia group--on charges ranging from murder to gambling. A 60-count indictment, obtained after a two-year investigation, charged a dozen of the defendants with 31 separate acts of racketeering. Five members were charged in two murders--including the execution of one mob member they believed was a government informant.