This documentary series goes inside some of the biggest criminal enterprises in the world to give viewers a look at how they operate. Some of the topics covered in the series are human trafficking, the \$70 billion industry of stolen goods and the effects of prescription drug abuse.

Crime Inc. - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2010-07-14

Crime Inc. - Gambino crime family - Netflix

The Gambino crime family (pronounced [ɡamˈbiːno]) is one of the “Five Families” that dominate organized crime activities in New York City, United States, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or Cosa Nostra). The group, which went through three bosses between 1910 and 1957, is named after Carlo Gambino, boss of the family at the time of the McClellan hearings in 1963, when the structure of organized crime first gained public attention. The group's operations extend from New York and the eastern seaboard to California. Its illicit activities include labor and construction racketeering, gambling, loansharking, extortion, money laundering, prostitution, fraud, hijacking, pier thefts, and fencing. The family was one of the five families that were founded in New York after the Castellammarese War of 1931. For most of the next quarter-century, it was a minor player in organized crime. Its most prominent member during this time was its underboss Albert Anastasia, who rose to infamy as the operating head of the underworld's enforcement arm, Murder, Inc. He remained a power even after Murder, Inc. was smashed in the late 1940s, and took over his family in 1951—by all accounts, after murdering the family's founder Vincent Mangano. The rise began in 1957 of what was the most powerful crime family in America for a time, when Anastasia was assassinated while sitting in a barber chair at the Park Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. Experts believe that Anastasia's underboss Carlo Gambino helped orchestrate the hit to take over the family. Gambino partnered with Meyer Lansky to control gambling interests in Cuba. The family's fortunes grew through 1976, when Gambino appointed his brother-in-law Paul Castellano as boss upon his death. Castellano infuriated upstart capo John Gotti, who orchestrated Castellano's murder in 1985. Gotti's downfall came in 1992, when his underboss Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano decided to cooperate with the FBI. Gravano's cooperation brought down Gotti, along with most of the top members of the Gambino family. The family is currently headed by Frank Cali.

Crime Inc. - Current position and leadership - Netflix

Since both federal and New York State authorities rounded up the entire Gambino family hierarchy in early 2008, a three-man panel of street bosses Daniel “Danny” Marino, John Gambino and Bartolomeo Vernace was running the Gambino family while the administration members were in prison. In July 2011, it was reported that Domenico Cefalù had been promoted to official boss of the crime family, putting an end to the Gotti regime. For a brief time, Cefalù's reign saw the Sicilians, better known as “Zips”, regain control of the Gambino crime family since 1976. Cefalù stepped down in 2015 and his underboss, Frank Cali, took full control. It was alleged by crime reporter Jerry Capeci that Cali previously turned down the position of boss in July 2013. The current family is believed to have between 150 and 200 members as well as over 1100 associates. The family continues to be active in a variety of criminal enterprises including gambling, loan sharking, extortion, labor racketeering, fraud, money laundering and narcotic trafficking. Today the Gambino family still has some control on piers in Brooklyn and Staten Island through infiltrated labor unions. Indictments from 2008 to 2014 show that the family is still very active in New York City. During 2009, the Gambino family saw many important members released from prison. On November 18, 2009, the NYPD arrested 22 members and associates of the Lucchese and Gambino crime families as part of “Operation Pure Luck”. The raid was a result of cases involving loan sharking and sports gambling on Staten Island. There were also charges of bribing New York City court officers and Sanitation Department officials. In 2014, FBI and Italian police arrested altogether 17 members and associates of the 'Ndrangheta Mafia, in particular the Ursino clan, and 7 members and associates of the Gambino and Bonanno families. The arrested have been accused by prosecutors and law enforcement officials of organizing a transatlantic drug ring with aim of shipping 500 kg of pure cocaine from Guyana in South America to the port of Gioia Tauro in Calabria. US Attorney Loretta Lynch singled out Gambino family associate Franco Lupoi as the linchpin of the operation, accusing him of conspiring with his father in law to set up the network, Nicola Antonio Simonetta, a member of the Ursino clan. On December 12, 2017, five associates of the Gambino family; Thomas Anzaone, Alessandro “Sandro” Damelio, Joseph Durso, Anthony Rodolico, Anthony Saladino and 74-year old captain John “Johnny Boy” Ambrosio, were arrested and accused of operating an illegal empire from January 2014 to December 2017, on charges of racketeering, extortion, drug trafficking, loansharking and illegal gambling. Bonanno crime family soldier, Frank “Frankie Boy” Salerno, was also arrested and has been accused of conspiring with the Gambino crime family. Associates Anzaone, Damelio and Durso together with Bonanno soldier Saladino, were alleged to have sold cocaine, marijuana and Xanax in large quantities. Prosecutors said Salerno and Saladino sourced the drugs in kilograms then sold it to the others to be distributed, both face a minimum of 10 years in prison. An undercover agent alleged that he paid $1,250 for an ounce of cocaine and also bought nearly a kilogram in 12 different sales between February and June in 2016. Ambrosio was said to have been the head of a very profitable loansharking and illegal gambling operation, including unlicensed gambling parlors, electronic gaming machines and internet sports betting. Prosecutors said that he and Rodolico attempted to obstruct the federal grand jury proceeding into their criminal activities by intimidating a loan shark victim into lying to law enforcement.

Crime Inc. - References - Netflix