Among those charged yesterday in a sweeping indictment brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General against an alleged New England Mafia crew run by reputed capo Mark Rossetti is lawyer Charles Toomajian who currently is a special assistant to Malden Mayor Richard C. Howard and previously served as a city solicitor as reported by Shelley Murphy for The Boston Globe. Toomajian is accused of being an accessory after the fact to embezzlement but details of the allegations have not been disclosed.
The charges against Rossetti and several others include heroin and marijuana trafficking, and Thomas J. Foley, former head of the Massachusetts State Police says that "in years past, this would be something that the old Mafia would stay away from because they didn't want the scrutiny of being connected to drug distribution." Actually, the old school Mafia – at least in NYC – made much of its fortune from trafficking heroin and other illicit drugs. Vito Genovese was put away in 1959 for trafficking heroin through his Greenwich Village and East Village gay bars, and in the mid-1980s the feds exposed the extensive involvement of the mob in the heroin trade through the so-called Pizza Connection case which involved distributing $1.6 billion of the product between 1975 and 1984.
Reputed New England mob soldiers Darin Bufalino and Michael Prochilo Jr. also are charged in yesterday's indictment. Yesterday a story from The Boston Globe seemingly reported that Bufalino's defense lawyer was denying the existence of the Mafia by asserting "it's a myth" but the paper now seemingly reports that the quotation was in reference to denying that his client was a mobster.