Drug crackdown results in 2-dozen arrests, including five in Brooklyn

A massive drug crackdown by Italian and American authorities has resulted in more than two-dozen arrests, including seven in New York City. The defendants are

The defendants are suspected of being associates of the Gambino and Bonanno organized crime families.

The defendants are suspected of being associates of the Gambino and Bonanno organized crime families. (2/11/14)

BROOKLYN - A massive drug crackdown by Italian and American authorities has resulted in more than two-dozen arrests, including seven in New York City.

The defendants are suspected of being associates of the Gambino and Bonanno organized crime families.

Brooklyn residents, Franco Lupoi. Dominic Ali, Charles "Charlie Pepsi" Centaro, Christos Fasaraki and Raffaele "Lello" Valente are facing indictments in Brooklyn Federal Court.

The defendants are charged with international drug trafficking of marijuana and heroin, money laundering and the transfer of weapons.

One defendant is accused of selling a handgun and silencer to an undercover agent at Royal Crown Bakery in Bensonhurst.

The investigation has been ongoing for two years and spans suspected drug trafficking in the U.S., Italy, Central and South America and Canada.

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