Genovese capo Michael "Mikey Cigars" Coppola has been charged with the 1977 murder of John "Johnny Coca-Cola" Lardiere. In 1996 Coppola went on the run after law enforcement authorities demanded a DNA sample from him in connection with the Lardiere slaying, and he was apprehended in Manhattan's Upper West Side neighborhood -- an area that long has been controlled by the Genovese crime family -- in March 2007 where he had been staying in an apartment at 210 West 74th Street owned by Philip "the Horse" Albanese. Coppola already has pleaded guilty to the federal fugitive charges.
As alleged in the indictment and a detention memorandum filed by the government, COPPOLA approached Larducci on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1977, and attempted to shoot him with a firearm, which jammed. Larducci stated, “What are you going to do now, tough guy?” At that point, COPPOLA responded by drawing a second revolver from his ankle holster and shooting Larducci, killing him.
In addition to the Lardiere murder, Coppola has been charged with extorting members of International Longshoremen’s Association (“ILA”) Local 1235 over three decades:
According to the government’s detention memorandum, COPPOLA was intercepted in a telephone conversation admitting organized crime’s control over the leadership of Local 1235 since the 1970s. During the same call, the son of Local 1235’s then-president informed COPPOLA that tribute payments to the Genovese family had recently “almost doubled.” “The corrupt influence of organized crime on labor unions undermines their legitimacy and deprives hard-working union members of honest elections and the full pay and benefits they deserve,” stated United States Attorney Campbell. “The passage of time will not deter us and our colleagues in law enforcement from employing all available resources to eliminate the scourge of the mob.”
The murder case against Coppola is before United States District Judge John Gleeson who in his former days as a mob buster prosecuted the late John Gotti:
Assistant U.S. Attorney Taryn Merkl told Federal Judge John Gleeson the government plans to introduce evidence from a wiretap in the home of former Gambino boss Paul Castellano in 1980. Gleeson prosecuted the late John Gotti, who ordered Castellano's murder and succeeded him as Gambino boss. Gleeson, who has recused himself from virtually every organized crime case in the past 14 years, reserved decision on whether he should bow out of this case. "I don't know Mr. Coppola; we haven't me right?" Gleeson said. The defendant nodded in agreement.