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Gotti Mobsters Are Suddenly Back In The News

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Craig Boudreau Vice Reporter

The infamous Gotti crime family is back in the news after notorious mobster John Gotti’s grandson was arrested on drug charges Thursday.

John Gotti, 22, was arrested after the New York Police Department raided his Howard Beach home — former home of the elder John Gotti — and found 500 pills of oxycodone and $40,000 in cash, according to the New York Daily News Thursday.

“He’s lucky his grandfather is not alive,” Lewis Kasman, the late Gotti’s godson, told the New York Daily News. “John Sr. would have killed the kid himself.”

This marks the first time the house of the former crime boss has ever been raided, despite the elder Gotti’s expansive criminal enterprise. Phil Scala, former FBI supervisor and head of the Gambino branch of the agency, says Gotti never undertook mafia business in his home, as a means to protect his family from this type of problem.

“If John was still alive he would be spewing every pejorative he could, knowing that somebody did something so stupid to besmirch his home and his family,” Scala said in reference to the younger Gotti conducting mafia business at home.

The raid comes after investigators planted a bug in Gotti’s car in a what they dubbed “Operation Beach Party.” After which, they made 11 drug buys totaling $46,000 worth of oxycodone. The bug also captured Gotti talking about selling thousands of the pills and pulling in $100,000 a month from the sales.

Gotti was also pulled over on June 30 for a window tint violation, and the subsequent search of his car uncovered 205 oxycodone pills, 18 methadone pills, a bottle of testosterone, Xanax and marijuana, according to ABC 7 NY.

Gotti has been charged with operating as a major trafficker, first, second and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, second-degree money laundering and second-degree conspiracy. In addition to Gotti, seven others were also arrested.

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