Two questions (at least) remain unanswered from yesterday's announcement that U.S. and Italian authorities had busted a cocaine operation allegedly run by 'Ndrangheta mobsters on both sides of the Atlantic.
First, the Genovese family allegedly provided financing for the cocaine buys as reported by The Associated Press. And yet in the federal indictment there are no Genovese shylocks named as defendants for any such funding mechanism. So the question begged is will there be a forthcoming indictment against the Ivy Leaguers of organized crime to target their alleged money angle? The feds usually hold their cards pretty close to the vest so to circulate alleged Genovese involvement to the press suggests further and possibly imminent indictments.
Second, the reporting also alleged "how the Italian 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate has expanded its ties with New York's traditional Mafia crime families." Indeed, the Justice Department press release alleged the transnational nature of the cocaine operation, and last year Italian and American police arrested dozens of suspected mobsters on both sides of the Atlantic for their alleged roles in a joint drug smuggling plot between the Gambino family and the Calabrian Mafia. So the question remains when will the U.S. Treasury Department designate the New York families as transnational criminal organizations under Executive Order 13581 to freeze their assets and ban Americans from conducting any business -- legitimate or otherwise -- with them?
Further reading that may be of interest: