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Monday, April 23, 2012

Former Colombo family street boss to plead guilty to drug charges

FBI mugshot of Cosa Nostra criminalFBI mugshot of Ralph DeLeoA Massachusetts man who authorities say was a leading member of New York's Colombo crime family plans to plead guilty to a federal racketeering conspiracy charge, according to a person familiar with the case.
Ralph DeLeo, of Somerville, was indicted along with three others in Massachusetts in 2009. Prosecutors said he led a group known as the "DeLeo crew" that sold cocaine and marijuana in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Florida and Arkansas.
DeLeo initially pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to violate the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
He is listed on an electronic court docket for a change-of-plea hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston. The person who told The Associated Press that DeLeo intends to plead guilty was not authorized to speak before the hearing and requested anonymity.
Prosecutors said DeLeo's crew was also involved in loan-sharking and extortion.
At the time of the indictment, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said DeLeo was the "street boss" of the Colombo crime family, one of five Italian mob families in New York City.
The indictments against DeLeo and the three other men came after authorities in Arkansas launched an investigation into illegal gambling that developed into a larger multistate probe.



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