Back to the Lucchese Family this week. Carmine Avellino, the younger brother of Sal Avellino (who used to be then-boss Tony "Ducks" Corallo’s driver and confidant). It was in Sal’s Jaguar that they used to talk Mafia business which was valuable in taking down Tony Ducks in the Commission case. Carmine followed the rest of his family into the Lucchese Family and into the Carting Rackets. They sought to control all the carting (garbage hauling) on Long Island, and they came close to succeeding.
When Tony Ducks went away for life in the Commission case, he first appointed Buddy Luongo as boss. Buddy soon disappeared and that put Vic Amuso in the top spot. Vic upped his long time partner Gaspipe Casso as the underboss.
They soon decided that something in the Garment rackets had to change. That something was a long time family member named Michael Pappadio. Michael was a oldtimer who knew the “rag trade” inside and out. He had virtually run the Lucchese's garment center racket for 30 years until Vic and Gas took over. Soon some associate started telling them that Michael was holding back cash from the family. They knew next to nothing about the rag trade, but what they did know is that it brought in a huge amount of cash. They were basically drug dealers who made big money and had survived the commission case unscathed, so they were able to take over the family.
Carmine Avellino and his brother Sal were very close to Pappadio, so they were tapped to set him up for murder. The place they chose was a Bagel Bakery in South Ozone Park Queens that Carmine had some ownership in. On May 13, 1989, the day before Pappadio's birthday, Carmine led him into the bakery. As soon as he entered, he yelled, “Surprise look who's here!” Al D'Arco rushed forward with a heavy copper cable covered in rubber and smashed him on the head. He didn't die easy, but he did die after George Zappola shot him with a 357. Carmine went through his pockets and handed Zappola a small book and other things to be given to Gaspipe.
Today Carmine is back to his old tricks and he has been arrested for having two associates rough up two elderly shylock customers. I always find it funny when the government uses the elderly card because Carmine is 70 years old. They used that in California on Jimmy Caci: they claimed he deserved a longer sentence because he went after elderly people for something. Jimmy was close to 80 when this happened so it was a waste of paper.
Carmine had Daniel Capra and his brother Michael deal with the debtors who had started to cooperate with the FBI. The FBI took them down and they held Carmine without bail until his daughter put up her house as a million dollar bond. Now he is free with restrictions, but free.
There are a lot of senior Lucchese Family members free now, so we should be seeing some big FBI operations coming down soon!