The On Cosa Nostra And The American Mafia Essay

1574 Words Oct 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Cosa Nostra, has been around for hundreds of years and means “our thing when translated from Italian. Italy is where Cosa Nostra has most of its origins but we will focus on the branch of the Mafia that operates in the US. The American mob, also known as the American Mafia, is a criminal organization in America. They originated from the Sicilian Mafia who came to America during the late 19th century and early 20th century by emigration. New York is known for housing the highest activity of organized crime . There are five crime families in New York. These consist of the Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese, and Lucchese.
Crime families follow a certain structure but the size of the family can vary. A crime family consists of, in order of power held, a boss, underboss, consigliere, caporegime, and soldiers. The boss is the head of the family. The underboss is appointed by the boss as his right-hand man. He is usually the second head of command in the family. The consigliere plays the role of advisor in the family. The caporegime or “capo” manages the soldiers. The soldiers, as the most basic members of the family, are the main “workers” and usually carry out the family 's deeds.
The mob usually gains their money and expands their power by assassination, gambling, use of loan sharks, and the drug trade. The Bonanno crime family, also known as “The Bonanno Drug Cartel”, make their income through drug-trafficking, mainly through the trade of heroin.
The Bonannos originated in…

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