Five reputed Gambino mobsters -- Vincenzo Frogiero, Todd LaBarca, John Brancaccio, Christopher Reynolds and Sean Dunn -- pleaded guilty yesterday for their roles in the crime family's drug rackets according to an FBI press release.
The FBI alleges that Frogerio and LaBarca were "in a crew run by Gambino family captain Louis Mastrangelo," and Brancaccio, Reynolds and Dunn were "in a crew run by Gambino family captain Alphonse Trucchio."
And apparently the two rival crews didn't always play nice together, and LaBarca "also pled guilty to conspiring to commit the January 2002 murder of Martin Bosshart, which was part of a turf war over control of a Gambino family marijuana trafficking operation" the FBI says:
From the late 1990s through 2002, LaBarca and other Gambino family members and associates, including Michael Roccaforte, imported hundreds of kilograms of high-potency marijuana from Canada into the New York City area. The marijuana trafficking operation yielded millions of dollars in profits for the Gambino family. In 2001, Martin Bosshart, who was involved in narcotics trafficking and other crimes with various members of Trucchio's crew, began making efforts to exclude Michael Roccaforte from the marijuana importation operation. In an effort to prevent Bosshart from taking over for Michael Roccaforte and from moving in on the marijuana importation business, LaBarca plotted with other Gambino family members and associates to murder Bosshart. On the night of January 2, 2002, LaBarca and others lured Bosshart to an isolated location in Queens, New York. There, another Gambino family associate shot Bosshart in the back of the head at point-blank range, killing him. Bosshart's body was recovered at the scene, and LaBarca's guilty plea in this case is the first conviction of any individual in connection with Bosshart's murder.
There must be some mistake: doesn't the mob repeatedly insist it's not involved in the drug trade?