PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than a dozen alleged mobsters in South Philadelphia and South Jersey have been indicted and linked, federal authorities say, to a “revived” La Cosa Nostra.
Authorities say at the top is underboss Steven “Stevie” Mazzone and Capt. Domenic “Dom” Grande, who used their “soldiers” and “associates” to rake in cash through illegal gambling, extortion and drug trafficking.
Federal authorities say 15 men — ranging from ages 34 to 81 with nicknames like “Big Vic,” “Louis Sheep” and “Tony Meatballs” — are charged with racketeering conspiracy, illegal gambling, loansharking, extortion and drug trafficking over the last five years in both Philadelphia and Atlantic City.
Prosecutors allege Steven Mazzone, Grande and Salvatore Mazzone “participated in a making ceremony” where they “inducted” new members in October 2015, and then Grande directed the soldiers to “reclaim territory” in Atlantic City through extortion.
They say some members trafficked cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and pills, while others organized illegal sports gambling, extorted and threatened violence.
If convicted, they could all spend the rest of their lives in prison, but the investigation is ongoing.