IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA FOR AN ORDER AUTHORIZING THE INTERCEPTION OF
WIRE COMMUNICATIONS OVER TELEPHONE NUMBER ( 212 ) 984-2383, LOCATED
AT 48 GOLD AVENUE, STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, AND OF ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
WITHIN THE PREMISES KNOWN AS THE CASA STORTA RESTAURANT, 186-88
21ST STREET, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.
STATE OF NEW YORK, EASTERN DI STRICT OF NEW
AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF AN ORDER AUTHORIZING
THE INTERCEPTION OF WIRE AND ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
JOHN P. JOYCE, being duly sworn, deposes
1. I am a Special Agent with the Federal
Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), United States Department
of Justice, and as such, I am "an investigative or. law enforcement
officer" of the United States within the meaning of Section
2510(7) of Title 1°, United States
Code, that is, an officer of the United ted States who is empowered
by law to conduct investigations of and to make arrests for offenses
enumerate in Section 2516, Title 18, United States Code
66. The source noted that, in addition to
Scopo's union activities, he also does a considerable amount of
67. On November 5, 1982, Source B advised
that Colombo member Ralph Scopo, Business Agent for Local 6, Cement
Finishers Union, New York, New York, continues to extort kickbacks
from contractors by determining how many union employees a contractor
must use on a particular job, with the rest being non-union employees.
Source B said that depending how much money
can be saved by the builder by using non-union employees, Scopo
takes a percentage of this savings in the form of cash, part of
which is given to GENNARO LANGELLA, inasmuch as he is the acting
boss of the Colombo Family.
68. Source B also noted that Scopo still
has a lucrative shylocking operation.
68A. A review of United States Department
of Labor Records reflects that Ralph Scopo, Jr. is currently registered
as President of Laborers - Cement Finishers Local 6A, 84 Fifth
Avenue, New York, New York.
69. Source I has provided information to
a Special Agent of the FBI on a regular basis for a period in
excess of five years. None of this information has been found
inaccurate and much of it has been corroborated
through independent investigation--that is, physical surveillances,
examination of business records and/or dovetailing information
provided by other informants who have a history of reliability.
Source information has resulted in the issuance of one search
warrant, the arrest of one individual and the recovery of over
$200,000 in stolen property. The source has related that continuously
and through the past five years and as recently as August 1982,
he has been a member of a criminal group which operates in the
metropolitan New York area. The source is able to relate the information
contained herein because of conversations with one or more of
the suspects specified herein in which that suspect described
to the source the suspect's personal participation in the commission
of a specifically described criminal offense.
70. On September 28, 1981, Source I identified
Ralph Scopo as a caporegime in the Colomho Family. Source advised
that Scopo controls all of the Laborers International Union of
North America (LIUNA) in New York.
71. Source I advised that on or about September
17, 1981, Dennis Ryan, Delegate, Local 1238, LIUNA, a candidate
for General President, was attacked and beaten by LIUNA members
from Chicago and New York on the floor of the National Convention
in Miami, Florida. Source advised that the beating was ordered
by Carlo DiSilvio of Laborers Union 2, Chicago, and Ralph Scopo,
Jr., of Laborers Union 6A, New York, in order to eliminate any
competition to Angelo Fosco. Fosco controls LIUNA in Chicago and
the Midwest for the LC.N.
72. On November 2, 1982, Source I advised
that Scopo's control of the New York LIUNA continues.
.73. Source L is a confidential informant
who has provided information to the FBI on a regular basis for
a period in excess of five years. Source L has furnished. information
identifying more than 100 members of La Cosa 'Nostra in each of
the five New York based Organized Crime "Families".
Source L is close associate of numerous members of La Cosa Nostra..
Information provided by Source L has been corroborated by independent
investigation by the FBI and by information furnished' by other
reliable informants. Source L has furnished information ;which