The Italian-American Mafia, or Cosa Nostra, used to like to say that though they were criminals, they lived by a code of honor: no snitching, no hurting civilians and no dealing drugs. A lot has changed since the crime organization’s heyday. Last Thursday, NYPD narcotics officers kicked in the front door of late Gambino crime family boss John Gotti’s Howard Beach home and arrested his namesake grandson, John Gotti, 23. In all the years of various Gotti run-ins with the law, it was the first time the family homestead has been raided.
Police say the arrest of John Gotti, who is the son of Peter Gotti, was the result of a three-month investigation. 500 oxycodone tablets and $40,000 in cash were found at the Gotti house and cops say undercover officers bought $46,000 worth of pills off of him during the operation. Some of the drug trafficking was conducted outside of Gotti’s Rebel Ink Tattoo Parlor on Cross Bay Blvd. in the working class enclave of Ozone Park, in the outer New York City borough of Queens, where his grandfather was admired and feared after his violent rise to power.
John Gotti is currently being held in New York’s infamous Riker’s Island. He is receiving treatment for oxycodone addiction. Gotti was one of more than 40 mobsters arrested last Thursday on a variety of charges in a widespread sting operation targeting various East Coast Mafia associates.