Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Colombo family leader of mob drug ring to plead guilty

A Massachusetts man authorities say was a leading member of the New York Colombo crime family is expected to plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges this week.
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 has a change-of-plea hearing scheduled in U.S. District Court in Boston Tuesday. The hearing was postponed two weeks ago after DeLeo's lawyer said the 68-year-old DeLeo's blood pressure was high.
After DeLeo was indicted, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said he was the "street boss" of the Colombo crime family, one of five Italian mob families in New York.



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