Raids target Mafia, reputed bookmaker

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A series of raids in Middlesex and Suffolk counties Tuesday are part of a continuing effort to dismantle the Mafia in Greater Boston and heap more charges on reputed Mob associate Arthur Gianelli, sources said yesterday.

Spearheaded by members of the Massachusetts State Police Special Services Section, which targets organized crime and illegal gambling, search warrants were executed in Revere, Somerville and Medford. One man allegedly linked to the Mob was arrested and others are expected to be indicted, sources said.

“It’s related to things we’ve done in the past,” said one source familiar with the probe. “It involves LCN (La Cosa Nostra).”

Sources said Gianelli of Lynnfield, the brother-in-law of convicted FBI agent and Whitey Bulger consort John Connolly, is one of the key targets of the ongoing probe. Gianelli has ties to the underboss of the mob in Boston, Carmen DiNunzio, 47, of East Boston. The Herald, citing sources, reported in April 2003 that DiNunzio was appointed the Mob’s underboss in Boston by the reputed boss of the New England branch of La Cosa Nostra.

Gianelli is free on bail after being hit with federal arson charges in January in connection with an alleged scheme to strong-arm control of the Big Dog Sports Zone on Route 1 in Lynnfield.

State Trooper Pasquale F. Russolillo told a federal magistrate that Gianelli was paying $2,000 monthly to DiNunzio in order to operate an illegal gambling business. The trooper said Gianelli was partnered with Winter Hill Gang associate Joseph Yerardi.

Carmine Caruso, 60, of Somerville was the lone person arrested Tuesday and charged with trafficking opium and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Sources said investigators also raided other locations connected to Mob associates with the intention of bringing more charges through grand jury indictments.

Investigators recovered gaming records, an undisclosed amount of cash, and drugs. The home of Philip Puopolo, 49, of Revere, who sources described as Gianelli’s “muscle,” was raided, along with the private business club he runs, sources said.

“Gianelli is the main bookie, but Puopolo puts a lot of his business with him too,” one source said. “Slot machines were taken out of the Revere club. It’s a haven for drug dealing and bookies.”

Also targeted with the search warrants were Joseph Russo, 49, of Malden, his brother, Stephen Russo, 47, of Revere, and Michael DiPietro, 37, sources said.

Gambling on Internet enters homes, offices

While the Internet can be used for many legitimate and productive purposes, sin now dominates cyberspace. Internet sales of computer software and hardware have given way to gambling, which is the number one business on the Internet, three times larger than the second cyber-business, pornography,

Since the world’s first online casino, Internet Casino Inc., opened Aug. 18, 1995, Internet gambling has become the fastest growing segment of the gambling market in the world. There are now more than 1,800 Internet gambling sites available, garnering over $5 billion annually.

Some 12 million people gamble online worldwide, nearly 4.5 million of them Americans, representing all gender, age, race, ethnic, education and income categories.

Now people can agen poker online terpercaya gamble anywhere they can gain access to the World Wide Web – office, home, airport, internet cafÈ or school. Players can literally “click their mouse and bet the house,“ says Ann Greer, chairman of the National Coalition Against Gambling Expansion.

 

Some 50 governments and countries endorse Internet gambling within their borders, led by Antigua with more than 100 gambling sites. The Caribbean and Central America account for more than three-fourths of gambling Websites.

 

Meanwhile, Internet gambling is potentially even more addictive and certainly more financially predatory than land-based gambling operations.

 

Profits for typical land-based casinos range from eight to 16 percent on each dollar, while profit for virtual casinos is closer to 24 percent.