Cleveland crime family

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The Cleveland crime family or Cleveland Mafia is the collective name given to a succession of Italian-American organized crime gangs based in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. A part of the Italian-American Mafia (or Cosa Nostra) phenomenon, it operates in the Greater Cleveland area. Founded about 1920, leadership turned over frequently due to a series of power grabs and assassinations. Stability emerged in 1930 after Frank Milano became boss. The organization underwent significant decline in the last years of boss John T. Scalish. During the late 1970s, violent gang war erupted in the streets of Cleveland after Irish mobster Danny Greene attempted to take over the city. The war drew significant law enforcement attention reducing membership and influence of the Cleveland family. The crime family nearly ceased to exist in the 1990s, after many high-ranking members were imprisoned. The organization is believed by law enforcement to be extremely small in the 21st century, although attempting to rebuild.

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Cleveland crime family
Founded1920; 103 years ago (1920)
FounderJoseph "Big Joe" Lonardo
Founding locationCleveland, Ohio, United States
Years active1920–present
TerritoryPrimarily Greater Cleveland, with additional territory throughout Ohio as well as South Florida and Las Vegas
EthnicityItalians and Sicilians as "made men" and other ethnicities as associates
MembershipUnknown
ActivitiesRacketeering, murder, car bombing, drug trafficking, skimming, labor racketeering, extortion, illegal gambling, construction, garbage collection, loansharking, bookmaking, bribery, assault
AlliesChicago Outfit
Detroit Partnership
Gambino crime family
Genovese crime family
Kansas City crime family
Los Angeles crime family
New Orleans crime family
Pittsburgh crime family
RivalsVarious local gangs
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