“Boston George” Jung Of ‘Blow’ Fame Dead At 78, Immortalized By Johnny Deep As All-American Drug Don In Movie

May 6, 2021 – Master narcotics trafficker and drug smuggler George (Boston George) Jung, the man practically personally responsible for flooding the United States with cocaine in the late 1970s and first half of the 1980s on behalf of Narcos baron Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel, died of organ failure today at the age of 78. Jung’s rise and fall in the drug game was depicted in the 2001 hit film Blow starring Johnny Depp as Jung and Cliff Curtis as Escobar.

Born and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts, Boston George began his career as a kingpin shipping bales of marijuana from California to New England for distribution at colleges and universities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island and Maine. Jung was busted in Chicago in 1974 and sent to federal prison. His networking behind bars launched him into the stratosphere.

While he was locked up, Jung was cellmates with the half-Colombian, high-German Carlos Lehder, one of Pablo Escobar’s most trusted lieutenants. Lehder schooled Boston George on the world of powder and when they were both released, Lehder and Jung flew to Colombia together for Lehder to introduce Boston George to Escobar and cement a relationship between the three men. Lehder’s character in the movie Blow was renamed Diego Delgado and played by Spanish actor Jordi Molla (Bad Boys II, Riddick).

Jung and Lehder headed the Medellin Cartel’s transportation unit, using an island Lehder purchased in the Bahamas (Norman’s Kay) as a jumping off point to fly planes filled to the brim with cocaine (usually 300 kilos or so) into the U.S. and distribute it from a base of Los Angeles beauty salons. Authorities estimated that more than 80 percent of the North American cocaine market was being serviced by the union between the hippy-chic Boston George and the powerful, ultra-violent Medellin Cartel. Escobar grew to be the biggest drug kingpin on the planet.

By the beginning of the 1980s though, the maniacal, increasingly unhinged Lehder and Jung had fallen out and Jung left the cartel to go off on his own in the coke business. Jung was indicted for cocaine trafficking in 1985, but worked his way out of his sentence by agreeing to testify against Lehder.

Jung was nailed in a coke case out of Kansas in 1994 and did two decades in prison. He was released in 2014 and returned for a brief stay in 2016 for a parole violation related to an autograph signing he attended without his parole officer’s permission.

Lehder cut a deal for himself following his conviction and helped the U.S Government topple Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who he did business and banking with. The Bureau Of Prisons finally released the 71-year old and self-declared Neo-Nazi Lehder last year and he was immediately deported to Germany. Escobar died in 1993 in a hail of bullets as a result of a shootout with Colombian and American military on a Medellin rooftop.

Check out THE OG PODCAST interview with Boston George from 2020 here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/boston-george-jung-inspiration-for-the-movie-blow/id1467014230?i=1000451958675

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Old-Time K.C. Mafia Soldier P.J. Ribaste Cashes In Chips, Loses Battle With Coronavirus Says Sources

Old-Time K.C. Mafia Soldier P.J. Ribaste Cashes In Chips, Loses Battle With Coronavirus Says Sources

May 5, 2021 – Kansas City mob figure Peter (P.J.) Ribaste died of natural causes earlier this spring. The 66-year old Ribaste was a club owner, reputed bookie and alleged bag man for K.C. mafia payoffs in the final years of the crime family’s heyday. He succumbed to a bout with COVID-19, according to sources connected to Ribaste, and didn’t want an obituary nor a traditional funeral

Despite his reputation as the consummate wiseguy, Ribaste knew how to avoid damaging trouble with the law. The best Uncle Sam could do was nail him for mail fraud and tax evasion and send him to federal prison for less than a year.

In 1996, FBI informants linked Ribaste to reported Kanas City mob underboss Peter (Las Vegas Pete) Simone, then a captain in the Civella crime family. Both Ribaste and Simone have spent substantial amounts of time in Nevada, specifically, Las Vegas, in the past.

Ribaste owned owned a number of bars, nightclubs and strip clubs in the Kansas City area. When he moved to Las Vegas on a full-time basis for a few years in the 1990s, he owned car dealerships and ran around with the Binion brothers of The Horseshoe Casino empire, among other unsavory folks and known mobsters visiting from different parts of the country, according to federal authorities.

The FBI stated in affidavits filed with the Las Vegas Gaming Control Board that he ran one of the biggest bookmaking operations in Missouri in the 1980s, interacting frequently with Kansas City mob chief Carl (Corky) Civella and his son and future crime family boss Anthony (Tony Ripe) Civella and passing messages to and from gangland figures in prison for skimming Las Vegas casinos in the famous Operation Strawman case. Corky Civella died behind bars in 1994. Tony Ripe dropped dead of a heart attack on the golf course in 2006.

The mafia in Kansas City today is a small clique made up mostly of old-school gambling bosses and shylocks. Per sources in federal law enforcement, the FBI doesn’t consider the crime family much of a priority these days.

Ribaste was placed in Nevada’s Black Book, barring him from entering any of the state’s casinos, in 1999, citing his four felony convictions. Once he was persona non grata in Las Vegas gambling establishments, Ribaste returned him to Kansas City and continued his close contact with Tony Ripe and Pete Simone, per federal informants.

Retired K.C. mob buster Gary Jenkins (who runs the Gangland Wire multi-media platform website) recalls Ribaste being one smooth criminal.

“That son of a bitch was tough to follow, tough to keep tabs on,” said Jenkins with a chuckle. “He drove a BMW. He’d be going 120, 130 miles per hour in that thing and then he’d slow down to a crawl or pull over to the side of the rode and watch us fly by him. We were always looking to tie him into government and police corruption but we never got that done.”

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Nicolo Milioto, Charbonneau inquiry witness known as Mr. Sidewalk, dies at 71

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Nicolo Milioto, a Montreal businessman known as “Mr. Sidewalk” and whose testimony eight years ago before the Charbonneau inquiry included an explanation of why men captured on a police surveillance tape were seen stuffing cash into their socks at a Mafia-linked café, has died at the age of 71.

Milioto died April 30 and his funeral — a private service — will be held Tuesday at the Loreto Funeral Complex.

Milioto was perceived as a star witness at the inquiry into corruption in the Quebec construction industry when he testified in 2013.

It was alleged before the commission that Milioto was a middleman between the Mafia in Montreal and the city’s construction companies, an accusation Milioto flatly denied. Until 2012, Milioto was president of Mivela Construction and known as Mr. Sidewalk for his dominance in that particular sector of construction.

The commission heard that Milioto was seen by the RCMP’s hidden cameras 236 times at the Café Consenza from 2004 to 2006, a café in Saint-Léonard considered by police as a meeting place for the local Mafia. Milioto was often in the company of Nicolo Rizzuto, the father of reputed Mob boss Vito Rizzuto.

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Asked by the commission to explain surveillance images of men in the café’s backroom stuffing wads of cash into their socks, Milioto said hiding the money was a personal security measure and that the cash was from the sale of tickets for fundraisers for Cattolica Eraclea, his native village in Sicily.

In September 2015, the city of Montreal went to court seeking $8 million from Construction Irebec Inc., previously known as Construction Mivela. The claim cited testimony from witnesses at the Charbonneau commission that Mivela was part of a cartel that rigged bids between 1998 and 2009 and that obtained nearly all sidewalk and sewer contracts.

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Parole board modifies Mob figure’s release conditions so he can see his son

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Feds: Jailed Chicago Mafia Chieftain Fat Mike Got Proceeds From Sports Book While Locked Up For Racketeering

April 30, 2021 – Imprisoned former Chicago mob boss Michael (Fat Mike) Sarno has received tribute payments from an Elmwood Park sports bookmaking business in recent years, according to federal prosecutors. The allegation hurts Sarno’s attempt to earn a medically-related re-sentencing or compassionate release from his judge.

The feds nailed longtime Chicago Outfit bookie Greg Paloian in 2019. Prison phone and wire transfer records link Paloian to Sarno, the Outfit’s acting boss from 2005 until he was sent to prison in December 2010 for firebombing the storefront of a competing video-poker machine company in Berwyn, Illinois.

The ailing Sarno is doing his time behind bars in a federal correctional facility in Missouri, serving 25 years for racketeering and extortion. Sarno’s attorney is currently fighting for a compassionate release for the infirmed don due to severe failing health (the once 350-pound Fat Mike is weighing in at under 200 pounds these days and his confined to a wheelchair). The judge in the case denied his second motion for compassionate release last month.

“Paloian has regularly sent money to Sarno’s prison account since he’s been imprisoned. There is no doubt that money was proceeds from an illegal gambling business,” wrote U.S. Attorney Amarjeet Bhachu in a court brief related to Paloian’s case filed Thursday morning.

The 66-year old Paloian, a convicted felon, has ties to reputed Outfit underboss James (Jimmy I) Inendino as well. He pleaded guilty to his most recent gambling pinch back in January and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison earlier this month.

Sarno, 63, and Inendino, 78, both come from the Chicago mob’s historic Cicero crew. Per sources, Sarno’s absence in Cicero the past decade has allowed Jimmy I to rise to skipper and now underboss for the entire crime family. Inendino, sometimes called “Jimmy the Ice Pick,” walked free from a prison bid in 2008 and has stayed clear of trouble with the law since.

Ex-Melrose Park police officer John Amabile pleaded guilty to his role in the Paloian gambling racket this week. Amabile, 33, acted as one of Paloian’s biggest “betting agents,” bringing him bets and bettors and splitting the juice from their action with him 50/50.

Amabile’s grandfather was deceased Outfit enforcer Joseph (Joe Shine) Amabile, and his brother, Joe, appeared on the hit ABC tv show The Bachelorette. His dad was a Melrose Park police lieutenant.

The ornery Joe Shine was Chicago mob boss Sam (Teetz) Battaglia’s right-hand man and helped him lord over the west side suburbs. Battaglia died in prison in 1973. Joe Shine passed in 1975.

The FBI began tracking the Paloian bookmaking operation in 2012 and estimated he had approximately 60 different bettors wagering with him on a daily basis. Paloian directed his action through a website he ran with another bookie who was brought down in a separate case.

Following a gambling bust two decades ago, Paloian did five years in the can. In that case, Paloian was instructing his debtors to visit Jimmy I for juice loans as a means of paying their delinquent tabs.

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Seasoned Chicago Outfit Burglar, Mafia Affiliate Mike Swiatek Dead At 85, One Of Last Of The Mohicans

April 29, 2021 – Accomplished thief and Chicago mob associate Mike (The Bushel Head) Swiatek died this week of a respiratory ailment at age 85. The old school hoodlum dates back decades in Outfit circles and had links to multiple mafia administrations and several caporegimes and crew chiefs .

Swiatek was a burglar and weapons salesman from the Outfit’s Grand Avenue crew on the city’s westside. FBI memos tie him to the Chicago mob’s Cicero regime as well. He did almost a decade in federal prison (1987-1996) for selling guns and explosives to an undercover ATF agent.

According to Chicago Crime Commission reports, Swiatek came up in the Chicago mob robbery game under William (Willie Potatoes) Daddano, the head of all the Outfit’s burglary crews. Daddano died of natural causes in 1975.

When he was a young thief in the 1950s and 60s, Swiatek ran in a stick-up crew with future famous Windy City mafia figures Tony (The Ant) Spilotro and Frank Cullotta. Spilotro went to Las Vegas in the 1970s and took over the Outfit’s west coast crew. Cullotta followed Tony the Ant to the dessert and put together the Hole-In-The-Wall Gang. The pair were portrayed in the 1995 movie Casino by Joe Pesci and Frank Vincent.

Swiatek and Cullotta were busted together in 1967 for robbing an armored bank car making a pick up at a pacemaker factory in Belvedere, Illinois. They got away with $15,000 before they were arrested.

The insubordinate and in-your-face Spilotro died violently, beaten, stomped and strangled to death in a Chicago basement in June 1986. At the time of Tony the Ant’s slaying, Cullotta had turned against his boyhood pal and become a government witness. Cullotta died of COVID-19 last year living back in Las Vegas and hosting Casino movie tours.

Swiatek had been retired from the rackets for years, claim sources. His bout with emphysema forced him to lug around an oxygen tank wherever he traveled in more recent days. FBI records from the 2000s connect him closely to deceased Chicago mob boss John (Johnny No Nose) DiFronzo and reputed current Outfit don Salvatore (Solly D) DeLaurentis.

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Feds Name Buffalo’s “Tommy O” As Boss Of The Outlaws MC, Placing Him A Single Degree Away From Alleged Mob Don Big Joe Todaro, Jr.

April 27, 2021 – Oh, boy, this is big news.

Buffalo biker boss John (Tommy O) Ermin is The Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s International President and only one person removed from reputed Buffalo mafia don Joseph (Big Joe) Todaro, Jr., per recent government court filings related to the drug, prostitution and bribery charges his nephew is facing. The Outlaws MC is a Midwest club, historically based out of Chicago and Detroit, and before Tommy O’s reported ascent to the throne, has never had its seat of power reside on the east coast.

The 51-year old “Tommy O” Ermin is the dayshift general manager at Pharoah’s Gentlemen’s Club in Cheektowaga, owned by Todaro Jr.’s nephew, Peter Gerace, Jr., who is under indictment in federal court out of Western New York for narcotics and sex trafficking. Big Joe Todaro Jr., the owner and operator of the widely-popular La Nova pizza and buffalo wing franchise, has always denied any involvement in organized crime.

Prosecutors unsuccessfully tried to block Gerace, Jr. — free on bond — from returning to work, citing the presence of Tommy O and eight other Outlaws MC members on the club’s payroll, while he awaits his day in front of a jury. Last week, U.S. District Court Judge John L. Sinatra ruled Gerace, Jr. can go back to work running his club before he stands trial.

Tommy O has helped Gerace, Jr. oversee daily affairs at Pharaoh’s for most of the last decade. He has a scant police rap sheet, showing only an April 2010 arrest for assault in a barroom brawl that spilled out into the street. Ermin copped a plea to disorderly conduct in the case and received 30 days of community service as punishment.

The Outlaws have traditionally maintained a working relationship with Italian mob factions in their chapters’ respective regions. Big Joe Todaro, Jr., 74, was pushed out of his position in the LIUNA in 1990 for his links to the Magaddino crime family.

Those who know Tommy O say he is college educated, a natural leader and an avid artist when he’s not on his bike riding around Erie County. According to those familiar with Ermin’s family life, he lost part of his left leg in a motorcycle accident that tragically killed his wife.

“Tommy O is a mover and shaker in the biker world these days,” biker gang investigator Steve Cook told The Buffalo News.

Informants have told the FBI and U.S. Prosecutors that Ermin holds Outlaws MC chapter meetings, known as “church” in club circles, Wednesday nights at Pharaoh’s. Ermin survived a battle with COVID-19 last summer where he was hospitalized on a ventilator and in a coma for two weeks. He did an interview with a local podcast discussing his bout fighting the Coronavirus in the fall.

Per ATF documents, Ermin is spearheading a New England expansion of The Outlaws MC brand, targeting Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine for placement of new chapters and absorbing of smaller clubs in “patch-over” ceremonies. Todaro, Jr. is currently the subject of a multi-pronged federal assault involving a number of different state, federal and international criminal investigative bodies, according to multiple sources.

The feds are circling Big Joe Todaro, Jr. say sources in the U.S. Attorneys Office in Western New York, looking to jam up as many of his associates as they can in hopes of squeezing a racketeering case against the Todaro regime out of them. Todaro Jr.’s other nephew, Anthony Gerace, is on his way to prison for drug and weapons convictions and an alleged dirty DEA agent is on his way to trial on bribery and extortion charges.

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Journalist’s murder connected to Greek organized crime

Journalist’s murder connected to Greek organized crime

Greek police in Athens believe that the shooting assassination of Giorgos Karaivaz, a reputed investigative crime journalist, was ordered by organized crime figures.  According to these reports, he was investigating a series of hits between rival syndicates at the time of his death.

He was shot eight times outside his home on April 9, according to reports, by a gunmen on the back of a two-person motor scooter. This person then got off and delivered two more fatal shots to the head as Karaivaz lay bleeding on a sidewalk.

The newspaper Kathimerini stated Karaivaz had “personal and professional ties to organized crime rackets that have engaged in back-and-forth killings that have gone mostly unsolved, and that corrupt police were involved”, according to The National Herald.

That could make solving the murder more difficult, as the Greek underworld has been extremely difficult to pin down for law enforcement.

Karaivas covered various publications and wrote about it on his blog Bloko, where he said he received death threats but police said he didn’t ask for protection without explaining why.

The 52-year-old journalist was also a key witness in a 2015-2017 National Intelligence Service probe into dirty police and sex/gambling rackets, where two suspects were killed and a police officer was shot dead as well.

Karaivaz was also a witness in an ongoing case involving a large protection racket, organized crime operating almost with impunity across the country and reports that some dirty cops are tied to it, the paper said.

EU Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders spoke on the murder of Giorgos Karaivaz on April 9 as a “despicable and cowardly act”, during a press conference following the completion of the Council of Ministers of European Affairs.

“We must protect the European way of life and European values,” he added.

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