Brooklyn federal judge Ramon Reyes has rejected a $3 million bail proposal for reputed Gambino soldier Oreste "Ernie Boy" Abbamonte Jr. who is charged with extorting $1 million over 5 years from a construction company as reported by John Riley for Newsday: "Reyes ordered him held after saying he posed 'a threat, a danger to the community.'"
Sounds like Judge Reyes made the right decision.
Abbamonte was convicted in 1983 for "delivering 20 pounds of pure heroin to a Federal undercover agent" at First Avene and 55th Street in Manhattan as reported by The New York Times, and was convicted in 1986 for running a major heroin ring in New York and on Long Island from the federal prison in Lewisburg, PA. Abbamonte allegedly shared profits from the jailhouse operation with the Aryan Brotherhood which has long-standing ties to the Gambino family as reported by the Daily News:
A Justice Department audit obtained by The News complains that Abbamonte's phone privileges were "not limited in any way" in the federal pen at Allenwood, Pa. Among the 28 people on his approved phone list was former inmate Ronald (McKool) Slocum, an [alleged] Aryan Brotherhood lieutenant who allegedly hooked up released gang members with criminals on the outside and served as a pipeline to the Mafia.
Abbamonte also was charged with heroin distribution and bribery conspiracy in 1973 as reported by The New York Times, and "inadvertently helped trigger the Knapp Commission investigation into police corruption in New York City" as reported by Newsday.