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The cartels are probably the most armed and well trained criminal insurgency out there . The other groups like the Brazilian drug traffickers don't have the same resources or military connections to arm or group themselves as a criminal insurgent(cy) .
There might be a long-standing cooperation with the state: bring construction money in, hold ultimate control, but do it all through respectable third parties so that regulators aren't constantly nagged about connections between the casinos and underworld figures.
Interesting point, Pete. After gambling was legalized in 1931, the Nevada Legislature put oversight into the Tax Commission. Oversight was lax--they didn't look too closely at gaming license applicants as long as they were going to bring taxable income into the state. But, as you imply, the gangsters may have had a quid pro quo with the state to use front men for licensing purposes in order not to call attention to the cozy relationship. That changed in '58, when, after embarrassing revelations about OC involvement in Nevada gambling, the Legislature took control out of the Tax Commission and put it into a new Gaming Commission, which had real regulatory teeth. Harry Reid, former US Senate Majority Leader, was an early chief of the Gaming Commission.
Pretty strange the providence leader is 28 seems like there's a lot of them down there. The guy in charge of my area is young to I think like 38ish
Its because Joe has the juice on the street. Stevie Lancia is his uncle and patch member. He owns a condo building in Providence where alot of the members take residency. I asked the same question way back when about how young he is to be a president. What I heard was he went after a rival gang from out of state. Tuned them up pretty good. And caught the attention of a major California chapter. So he's got huge backing.
Luigi Torino, 41, was shot Thursday night in Miano, in the Rione San Gaetano area, a northern suburb of Napels. The victim, who has a criminal record, was led to the emergency room of the Cardarelli hospital, he was assisted by doctors and is currently hospitalized for observation. It is not life threatening.
Luigi is the son of the ex boss Salvatore Torino who for over ten years is a collaborator of justice.
@ Strax, don't forget Dragan Ilic. Very wealthy gangster living in Argentina he has a good relationship with the leaders of the cocaine cartels. His connection with Joca began in the Netherlands and continued throughout the following years.
I know him personally, he is a billionaire , we met at a private party in Belgrade. He is from Nis. He is very powerful , but looks like almost everyone close to Joca got killed? And after so many years in prison , question is , how powerful he really is in Amsterdam today.
On both sides many were killed Yugoslavs and Dutchmen. He has to be careful, Jocic, Barsoum and Van Hout, before he became an alcoholic, were amiable, friendly guys besides the usual drug stuff they were also big in gambling and prostitution.