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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:05 pm    Post subject: Black Tony Parmagini Reply with quote

Of Tony Cornero's early disciples, few were more influential or "more appropriately," notorious than the infamous Black Tony Parmagini. Paragini rose to prominance as a lieutenant in the westcoast smuggling ring run by Cornero during the 20s. Tony's name meant quality liquor and that led to a multi-million dollar fortune. While Cornero parlayed his fortune into a gambling empire, Black Tony poured his into narcotics. It was a risky bet which unfortunately for Parmagini marked his downfall. His reign as west coast dope king ended quickly as narcotics agents quickly zeroed in on him and shutdown his operation. He was sentenced to a 17 year term in January 1930 effectively ending his underworld career. Joining him behind bars was "Jew Wilie" Levin.

Other members of the operation were "Little Tony" Dido called the torpedo killer and Edwin "Whitey" Poole. Poole continued to move large amounts of narcotics nearly a decade after Black Tony disappeared from public scrutiny. Yet like his boss, the long arm of the law eventually collared him and sent him to serve two concurrent federal terms totalling 12 years in 1938. Another forgotten member of Black Tony's circle was Mary Summers aka Lola Johnson. Summers-Johnson had excellent contacts as she also partnered with "Mopey Joe" Alloto later to rise to the top of the San Francisco crime family. Antone Cherilla played a role in keeping the flow of dope moving for a time after Black Tony's conviction yet he to received a 5 year term.

Not long after Black Tony's conviction, authorities uncovered a ring headed by Antonio Grumando that they claimed sought to supplant the deposed dope king but they neglected to note the source of the seized morphine worth a reported $60,000 was the same as that which had supplied Black Tony.

Long after his arrest and subsequent conviction would the name of Black Tony ring prominent in dope circles as is evidenced by his name being connected with a ring that included New York's Joseph "The Eye" Tocco and Joseph Michael Dentico alias "Joe Dandio, Dantis, Dondio, Dondia, Barrie and Bari." The New Yorkers were apart of the 107th street mob supplied from Italy by Lucky Luciano. The San Franciso end of the ring was run by Sam Maugeri. Maugeri was named the leader of the ring but it is worth noting that more than a few of the names associated with the ring had been employed by Parmagini.

One of those was "Black Nose Charlie" Lagaipa whose disappearance remains officially unsolved. Supplying the ring from Mexico was Enrique Dart, himself soon to become a murder victim in Tijuana.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:20 pm    Post subject: More on Black Tony Reply with quote

REMARKABLY LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY

Tony Parmagini died at Leavenworth Prison on May 1, 1937 his career marked the intersection of crime and legitimate business enterprises during the prohibition era. Following his arrest and subsequent conviction on narcotics charges in 1930, Parmagini fought desperately to preserve the illicit fortune he’d made transporting liquor and narcotics. A glimpse of the figures with whom he’d done business emerged during an income tax fight with states being $611,000.

The IRS charged Los Angeles financier F.P. Orsatti owed them the staggering sum and sought to collect by slapping liens down on two choice pieces of Los Angeles real estate that Black Tony claimed were owned by him. The Revenue service charged that Orsatti transferred all of his assets to Parmagini in an effort to avoid paying the outstanding sum. Parmagini claimed revenue agents were mistakenly targeting properties he purchased outright from Orsatti.

BLACK TONY SET THE MARKET PRICE

Months after authorities broke up the Parmagini ring, an unforeseen situation arose. The scarcity of readily accessible dope led to sharp price increases that forced many addicts to quit cold turkey. As a result California state narcotic enforcement chief H.S. Seager noted in a report that “record numbers of addicts were applying to state hospital to take the cure.” Seager noted the price range for an ounce of morphine ‘heroin’ with Pamagini on the street had been $40 to $60. Without him the supply dwindled forcing prices to double. His report listed the November 1930 street price of morphine was $110 to $125 per ounce.

Another dangerous result of Parmagini’s removal was the penchant of low level dealers to substitute ‘dangerous substances’ in place of hard to obtain supplies of cocaine and morphine.

FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

A witness against Black Tony was later convicted in a $35 robbery in Los Angeles and sentenced to serve a 7 to life term in Folsom. Danny Farrell had served as the chief government witness in the case against Black Tony and charged that in retribution, “friends” of the convicted smuggler had “framed” him. He also stated he feared he’d never survive in prison as he’d heard fellow convicts discussing his demise once he began his term.

It is very possible that Farrell was telling the truth as one of those later linked with Parmagini was Lita Summers the wife of convict Lloyd Sampsell. Sampsell played prominently in the dismissal of a former LAPD detective turned prison Warden for bestowing favors. What those favors were was never disclosed yet Sampsell languished behind bars for decades before he was finally put to death on a murder charged in the early 50s. ‘Jew Willie’ Levin aka ‘Willie the Weeper’ was later charged in connection with the Waxey Gordon drug syndicate and resentenced to prison.

Mario Balistreri, a member of the San Francisco arm of Black Tony’s gang was sent to prison on a counterfeiting charge and later convicted of smuggling narcotics in conjunction with Phillip Gargano a convicted narcotics trafficker of note.

MEXICO TO CANADIAN BORDER (SAN FRANCISCO, LOS ANGELES, LAS VEGAS & SALT LAKE CITY) Narcotics Ring breakup 1937

Eugene and Charles Cheney operators of a truck line running from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City with headquarters in Las Vegas, were charged in connection with a dope ring run by Phil Rubin and Mrs. Ruth Adams of Los Angeles. Rubin was in charge of securing large quantities of ‘cube morphine’ that he passed on for transportation to the Cheney brothers. The Cheney’s then sold the narcotics to local dealers. They Cheney’s were said to have been linked to Black Tony Parmagini during his heyday.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:27 pm    Post subject: Beemoe Reply with quote

Are these the same Alioto`s that became SF political kingpins? If they are I never knew they came from "The Underworld". Talk about legitimizing a Family. I`m assuming a connection with Joe Bonanno.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are the same Aliotos. Check the Dallas post.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:54 pm    Post subject: Beemoe Reply with quote

You know I was thinking of Dallas when I asked you this question.
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