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Lawyer FAMILY, from IB The Genovese crime family has been in turmoil since the death of crime boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante on Dec. 19. But it remains a formidable force, federal authorities authorities said. "It is, in fact, the most prolific and the most powerful" of the traditional traditional Mafia families, said Mark Mershon, the head of the FBI in New York. Among those charged yesterday yesterday was the man who ran a multimillion-dollar multimillion-dollar multimillion-dollar multimillion-dollar cocaine operation in the Bronx and Westchester, authorities authorities said. Reputed Genovese soldier Ralph Balsamo is accused of leading leading the ring that was involved in a shootout with state police in December December that left one reputed drug dealer dead and two state police troopers wounded. names Genovese Arrest triggers fight between wife, girlfriend The roundup of suspects by police led to domestic domestic problems reminiscent of HBO's "The Sopranos." Sopranos." Among those detained yesterday was Walter Galiano of Yonkers, who owns Arthur Ave. Baking Co. Assistant U.S. Attorney Miriam Rocah asked that Galiano be held without bail, in part, because imprisoned Genovese capo Pasquale "Patsy" Par-rello Par-rello Par-rello of Bronxville is a silent partner in Galiano's Michael Londonio, 29, was killed in a gun battle at his Bronx home Dec. 6 after he opened fire on state police trying to serve search warrants warrants from the Westchester County District Attorney's office. Authorities Authorities said Londonio and Andrew Shea, also charged yesterday, managed managed the operation for Balsamo. Balsamo pleaded not guilty. "This case draws a very clear picture of the depth and the breadth of the criminal interests of the Genovese family, ranging from extortion to gambling to drug dealing to gun trafficking," said Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore. boss in business. But Galiano also tried to have documents destroyed destroyed yesterday morning before he was arrested, arrested, Rocah said. That plan misfired when Galiano sent his wife to his girlfriend's home in Yonkers to get the documents, documents, Rocah said. The two women got into a fistfight instead, with the wife putting the girlfriend in the hospital. Yonkers police arrested Galiano's wife. The killing of Coppola, 38, has gone unsolved for more than seven seven years. He disappeared from his Eastchester home Sept. 16, 1998, just two months before he was set to begin serving a two-year two-year two-year sentence sentence for orchestrating a bid-rigging bid-rigging bid-rigging bid-rigging scheme for the Genoveses. Authorities did not disclose the mob hit reasons behind the rubouL Bellomo was in prison serving a 10-year 10-year 10-year sentence for extortion when Coppola disappeared. Coppola's Coppola's body has never been found. Peluso pleaded guilty last July to racketeering and extortion. As part of his plea, which was unsealed unsealed yesterday, he admitted he carried a message from the imprisoned imprisoned Bellomo to other Genovese Genovese leaders sanctioning the hit He has signed a cooperation agreement with prosecutors. Thirty suspects were in custody yesterday afternoon and were arraigned arraigned in two courtrooms in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Most were ordered held without bail pending hearings. Reach Timothy O'Connor at or 914-694-3523 914-694-3523 914-694-3523 914-694-3523 914-694-3523

Clipped from The Journal News24 Feb 2006, FriPage 16

The Journal News (White Plains, New York)24 Feb 2006, FriPage 16
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