Thursday, August 28, 2008

The mob ain't what it used to be

Carmen ''The Cheese Man'' DiNunzio was wearing an ankle monitor when he went out to get a newspaper.

Jeffrey S. Sallet, supervisory special agent in charge of the FBI's Providence office and coordinator of the New England division's organized crime program, says La Cosa Nostra, commonly known as the Mafia, "has less of a talent pool to pull from because of ethnic neighborhoods disappearing."

The local Mafia, which traditionally denounced drugs, now tolerates addicts in its ranks.

And some members of the old guard have turned down promotions or become inactive because they fear going back to prison or have lost faith after seeing Mafiosi around the country break omerta, the code of silence, and turn informant or government witness, police said.

The New England Mafia just is not what it used to be.