PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - We've learned a major shift in power is happening right nowinside the
According to the FBI, the leadership of the New England mob hasbeen in the hands of
This type of leadership change has only happened five timessince
It all began with Raymond L.S. Patriarca, the godfather of thecrime family that bears his name. Since his passing in 1984, onlyfour other men have held the title of "boss." His son,
According to the FBI and Rhode Island State Police, Manocchiohas run the show for all of New England for more than a decade. ButTarget12 has learned we are in the middle of a major power shift insidethe New England mafia. Law enforcement sources tell Target 12 thatManocchio, at 82-years-old and under federal investigation, ison his way out.
Sources say law enforcement is keeping a close eye on Boston'sPeter Limone as Manocchio's successor. Limone spent 33 years inprison for a murder he didn't commit. According to sources, sincehis release he has been the family's consigliere, or advisor.
Tim White: "Is this something that law enfocement,that the FBI tries to monitor?"
Jeffrey Sallet, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI:"Absolutely."
"Typically, when a high ranking position in the LCN goes to jailand they're unable to carry out their duties, they have to bereplaced on the street," Sallet said.
A reference to current underboss,
Target 12 has learned law enforcement is watching Rhode Islandcapo regime
Deluca would run the Rhode Island arm of LCN with a faction ofcapo regimes, or captains. Sources identify those captains as:
-Edward "Eddie" Lato
The shift in power from providence to Boston is not withoutproblems.
Like Dinunzio, Limone is facing legal problems. He was arrestedearlier this year on state gambling charges. So, law enforcement isalso keeping watch on another potential Boston power player;Anthony Dinunzio, brother of the "Cheeseman."
Sallet won't comment on those wiseguys specifically, but says aboss would need the approval of the captains of the family both inRhode Island and Massachusetts.
"These guys are bad guys. They wake up every morning thinkinghow they can steal from you. From how they can steal from thepublic. These guys are not Robin Hood. Their lives are not theglamour that you see on TV," Sallet said.
With dwindling ranks, sources say the next boss of the crimefamily may not have control of much. But, considering the activeinvestigation targeting the boss, it's clear the FBI as well as theRhode Island State Police and Providence police still consider theNew England mob a threat to society.
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