Boss of Colombo Family's Somerville Crew Arraigned

Ralph DeLeo ran his own Colombo crew.

An accused Somerville mafioso was arraigned in a Boston federal court yesterday on racketeering charges, reports the BostonHerald.com.

"Accused Colombo crime family street boss Ralph Francis DeLeo appeared in court in a khaki jumpsuit, shackles and black-and-white sneakers.

"The 68-year-old alleged... made man and other members of what is described in court documents as the 'DeLeo Crew' are accused of drug trafficking, extortion, loan sharking and racketeering in Massachusetts, Arkansas, Rhode Island, New York and Florida."




DeLeo allegedly pulled the strings of the crew and used it to maintain his standing with the Colombo family, according to a 2009 indictment.

DeLeo was busted after the FBI tapped his associate George Wylie Thompson’s phone and recorded the duo’s conversations about smuggling drugs from Arkansas to Massachusetts, the documents state.



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