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“Joey Electric” and “Tony Meatballs” are among 15 alleged Mafia members and associates facing racketeering, extortion, gambling and drug trafficking charges in Philadelphia.
The defendants, named in a seven-count federal indictment that was unsealed on Monday, are accused of using their “reputation and influence” with the criminal organization La Cosa Nostra to carry out various crimes in South Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey since at least 2015, prosecutors said.
The allegations include distributing heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine and oxycodone pills, as well as disbursing and collecting tens of thousands of dollars of unlawful bookmaking and other debts that were allegedly “owed” to the group at interest rates as high as 400%. They’re also accused of conspiring to kidnap or murder a drug dealer who allegedly sold the group’s members fake drugs, prosecutors said.
“Thanks to the dedicated and courageous efforts of federal law enforcement over the past several decades, the Philadelphia mob isn’t what it used to be, and thank God for that,” said U.S. Attorney William McSwain in a statement.
“But it is still a problem and is still allegedly committing serious federal crimes, which is why we at the Department of Justice are focused on stamping it out. We will not rest until the mob is nothing but a bad memory,” he said.
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