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Archive for June 29th, 2015

Gang Land News: Feds Cheer Mama’s Boy Mob Snitch, And He Earns A Sweet Reward

Jerry Capeci is considered a mob expert. He’s the founder and editor of the paid subscription website Gang Land News. This article was republished with permission.

By Jerry Capeci

Anthony Zoccolillo’s role as a co-star of the short-lived Mama’s Boys of the Bronx reality TV show was pretty much a flop.

But there was applause all around for the former Genovese crime family associate-turned super snitch at his sentencing last month. Surrounded by dozens of FBI agents, NYPD detectives and very happy family members, a smiling but moisteyed Zoccolillo walked out of Manhattan Federal Court and breathed free fresh air for the first time in 18 months.

His best review came from Judge Richard Sullivan who praised him for “truly extraordinary” undercover work following his arrest on drug dealing charges and sentenced Zoccolillo to “time served.”

In January, Gang Land dubbed Zoccolillo The Most Effective Mob Turncoat Of 2014. Federal prosecutor Rebecca Mermelstein said he was he even better than that. She credited him with giving her the crucial evidence to obtain six indictments against 14 mobsters and drug dealers, and dubbed Zoccolillo the best cooperating witness she had seen in her five years as an assistant U.S. Attorney.

“This is, without a doubt, the cooperator who has offered the most substantial assistance,” Mermelstein said of Zoccolillo. She submitted a list of 27 gangsters, including 13 members of a violent Bronx-based Albanian gang who pleaded guilty to drug, weapons and other charges rather than face the former Mama’s Boy on the witness stand.

“He did it from the very beginning” when he “worked proactively to make hundreds of in-person telephone recordings,” she said. “Unlike many people, he never withheld anything. He never got caught minimizing anything. He came forward immediately and did  the right thing.”

The sentencing documents, and a transcript of the proceeding, which took place May 1, were sealed until this week. Judge Sullivan ordered them unsealed following a Gang Land pro se motion that cited the public’s common law and First Amendment right to open court proceedings. Zoccolillo, as Gang Land first disclosed two years ago, flipped on the same day he was arrested — February 20, 2013.

He quickly snared Genovese mobster Salvatore (Sally KO) Larca and three others on tape as they conspired to buy thousands of pounds of marijuana in northern California and distribute it in New York. Larca was buying the high-grade weed for $1500 a pound and selling it for $4000 a pound.

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FBI Agent Speaks Out About Stealing Heroin to Ease Pain, Addiction

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Matthew Lowry seemed to have everything going for him.

He worked for an elite drug task force after graduating with honors from the FBI Academy. His wife was pregnant with their first child.

Trouble is, Lowry had become addicted to pain medication to ease his chronic and painful inflammations of the intestines and needed a way to get through the day. The pain medication wasn’t enough and it was getting too expensive.

That’s when Lowry said he first stole evidence – a bag of heroin.

“Within 15 minutes, I was fine,” Lowry told the Washington Post. “It gave me energy. It made me feel euphoric, like I had confidence. You feel like you can take on anything.”

Lowry, now 33, kept up the secret life for about a year until he was arrested. The discovery that he was stealing evidence forced prosecutors to dismiss cases against 28 defendants.

On July 9, Lowry faces prison time on 64 criminal charges, including obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence and possession of drugs, according to the Post report.

“Where am I going to be a couple months from now?” Lowry said, holding his son, who is now 16 months old. “How is my wife going to raise my son? How is she going to take care of the house? I spend as much time as I can with my wife, with my son, with my parents, because I don’t know when it’s going to stop, and I’m not going to be able to see them for an extended amount of time.”

 

FBI, ATF Join Investigation of Spate of Suspicious Fires at Black Churches

AME Church in Charleston, S.C.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and ATF are helping local authorities investigate a string of recent suspicious fires at black churches in the south.

The church fires broke out in four states, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Three of the four were determined to be arsons, and the other is under investigation, Buzzfeed.com reports.

“They’re being investigated to determine who is responsible and what motives are behind them,” said FBI spokesperson Paul Bresson. “I’m not sure there is any reason to link them together at this point.

Officials were investigating a fifth fire in Elyria, Ohio.

The fires follow the deadly, racially-motivated shooting by Dylann Roof at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Testimony Wraps Up in Case Accusing Border Patrol of Racial Profiling in Ohio

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Were Border Patrol agents profiling Hispanics in Ohio?

Two groups have filed a discrimination suit against the Border Patrol in Ohio, claiming agents have been targeting and detaining Hispanics along Lake Erie.

Testimony in the case wrapped up in federal court in Toledo last week.

Border Patrol officials denied wrongdoing and said they don’t tolerate racial profiling.

A ruling is expected in several weeks.

Border Patrol Team Hunts Down, Kills 1 of 2 Escaped Murderers in Upstate NY; Second Captured Alive

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol tactical team shot and killed one of two murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York following a massive three-week manhunt, CNN reports.

Richard Matt was killed Friday in Malone, N.Y.

On Sunday, a New York State trooper shot and wounded the second fugitive, David Sweat, near the Canadian border.

The Border Patrol tactical team was part of a search involving more than 1,000 law enforcement officers in rural towns near the Adirondack Mountains.

The team was searching in the woods when they heard a cough. That’s when Matt emerged with a 20-gauge shotgun. After refusing to comply with verbal commands, Matt was shot and killed

“You never want to see anyone lose their life,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. “But I would remind people that Mr. Matt was an escaped murderer from a state prison. Mr. Matt killed two people who we know about. Mr. Matt killed his boss in a dispute and dismembered him. He fled to Mexico and then he killed another person in Mexico and was imprisoned in Mexico.”

 

Federal Authorities Warn of Possible Terrorist Attack in U.S. on Fourth of July Weekend

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities have warned of the potential for a terrorist attack targeting the Fourth of July holiday in the U.S.

The bulletins prepared by Homeland Security and the FBI urged local law enforcement to be alert because of ongoing threats posed by ISIS and other homegrown terrorists, the USA Today reports.

There were no specific threats.

The warnings come just days after three terrorist attacks in three countries Friday.

Federal officials recently arrested Americans allegedly invovled ISIS-inspired attacks.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said local law enforcement should be “vigilant and prepared.”

“We will also adjust security measures, seen and unseen, as necessary to protect the American people,” Johnson said. “We continue to encourage all Americans to attend public events and celebrate this country during this summer season, but always remain vigilant.”

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