Dead Ringer: An Insider's Account of the Mob's Colombian Connection

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D.I. Fine, 1994 - Drug control - 319 pages
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"Dead Ringer is the true story of the discovery and thwarting of the Italian Mafia's recent effort to join forces with the cocaine cartels of Colombia, as related by three of the case's vital players. Joe Cuffaro is a Sicilian-born member of the Mafia, go-between for Colombian drug lords and the Corleone family in Italy. Leo Fraley became one of Pablo Escobar's top ten smugglers, earning between one and five million dollars per shipment to the United States. Bill Gately, a top U.S. Customs Special Agent, brought the two to justice in spite of federal foot-dragging and inter-agency jealousies. Joe Cuffaro's and Leo Fraley's combined testimony eventually led to the downfall of such as John Gotti of the Gambino crime family in New York, and Pablo Escobar of the Medellin cartel, along with twelve of the highest-ranking mafiosi in Sicily." "Written with the full cooperation of each of the three principals, Dead Ringer is an insider's account of one of the most important and well-publicized drug cases in the history of the United States. Joe Cuffaro and Leo Fraley are currently in the Federal Witness Protection Program."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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DEAD RINGER: An Insider's Account of the Mob's Colombian Connection

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US Customs special agent Gately (aided by freelancer Fernandez) describes a sting operation that brought down two Mafia operatives and transformed them into useful turncoats for the federal Protected ... Read full review

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This book will need to be read slowly as the authors will jump quickly from Cuffaro to Fraley, and then use flashbacks within their lives. So many characters are being introduced and followed. Use the Cast of Characters at the back of the book for a guide and it will help. Quoting conversations by the primaries make the book come to life. 


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