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 …