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Archive for October 14th, 2009

Six Members of Bonanno Crime Family Plead Guilty in the Sunshine State

The sun may shine bright in Florida, but these mobsters aren’t going to be around to enjoy it.

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By CURT ANDERSON
AP Legal Affairs Writer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — One by one, members of a South Florida crew of the New York-based Bonanno crime family stood before a federal judge Wednesday to plead guilty to racketeering charges, including one enforcer who said it was impossible to escape the Mafia life.

Six of the 11 purported crew members indicted in May pleaded guilty to charges that carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. All 11 are charged under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO law, which the FBI has used frequently to break up major criminal enterprises.

The enforcer, 43-year-old Pasquale Rubbo, told U.S. District Judge William Zloch that he’d already done prison time for his underworld ties and that he had some debts to pay after his release a few years ago

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Hemp Protesters Come to DEA Headquarters in Va.

hemp-dea-photoA new twist on the war on drugs? Protesters say they should be able to cultivate hemp in this country. The DEA says no.

By David Montgomery
Washington Post Staff Writer
SPRINGFIELD, Va. — You want to dig a garden, you need a shovel. You want to dig a guerrilla garden of illegal hemp on the front lawn of Drug Enforcement Administration headquarters and get arrested for the cameras, you need a symbol.

Shortly before they all were happily handcuffed Tuesday, the farmers took one look at what the activists had brought to dig with, and just shook their heads.

The symbolic shovels were shiny, chrome-plated affairs, the kind for turning the earth in a Washington photo op, stamped with slogans: “Reefer Madness Will Be Buried.” When the shovel blades were experimentally pressed into the mulch outside the group’s hotel, they bent like toys.

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