List of Italian Mafia crime families

This is a list of independent Italian crime families around the world that are considered to be part of Cosa Nostra (the Mafia). This list does not include all Camorra, 'Ndrangheta or Sacra Corona Unita clans ("crime families").


In Italy there are different Mafia-like organizations operating:




United StatesEdit

According to the 2004 New Jersey State Commission of Investigation, there were 24 active Mafia families in the United States.[2] In 2004, author Thomas Milhorn reported that the Mafia was active in 26 cities across the United States.[3]

Northeastern United StatesEdit

New YorkEdit

Western New York

New JerseyEdit


New EnglandEdit


Midwestern United StatesEdit






Southern United StatesEdit


  • Birmingham crime family – defunct since 1938[4]


  • Trafficante crime family (Tampa area) – possibly defunct, Florida is considered open territory with many families operating in the area.
  • The Chicago Outfit – is operating in South Florida
  • The Five Families of New York have crews operating in South Florida
    • Bonanno crime family – is operating in South Florida [5]
    • Colombo crime family's Florida faction – is operating in South Florida
    • Gambino crime family's Florida faction – is operating in South Florida and the Tampa Bay Area.
    • Genovese crime family – is operating in South Florida. See soldier Albert Facchiano[6]
    • Lucchese crime family – is operating in South Florida and Central Florida Counties of Pasco and Pinellas.[7]
  • DeCavalcante crime family – Florida faction is operating in Miami.



Western United StatesEdit


  • Chicago Outfit - (defunct) under Joseph "Papa Joe" Tocco the family operated in Phoenix[8]
  • Bonanno family Arizona crew - (defunct) under Salvatore Bonanno the family operated in Tucson



Las Vegas is considered open territory allowing all crime families to operate in the city's Casinos. Since the 1930s, the Los Angeles families, the Five Families of New York and the Midwest families have owned and operated in Casinos in the Las Vegas Strip.





In Southern Ontario there are two types of Italian organized crime Cosa Nostra (Sicilian) and 'Ndrangheta (Calabrian).[12] In the 2018 book, The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World's Most Powerful Mafia, Alex Perry reports that the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta has, for the past decade, been replacing the Sicilian Cosa Nostra as the primary drug traffickers in North America.[13]

During a 2018 criminal trial, an Italian police expert testified that the 'Ndrangheta operated in the Greater Toronto Area and in Thunder Bay particularly in drug trafficking, extortion, loan sharking, theft of public funds, robbery, fraud, electoral crimes and crimes of violence. After the trial, Tom Andreopoulos, deputy chief federal prosecutor, said that this was the first time in Canada that the 'Ndrangheta was targeted as an organized crime group since 1997, when the Criminal Code was amended to include the offence of criminal organization.[18] He offered this comment about the organization:[19]

"We’re talking about structured organized crime. We’re talking about a political entity, almost; a culture of crime that colonizes across the sea from Italy to Canada. This is one of the most sophisticated criminal organizations in the world."


In Quebec there are two types of Italian organized crime: Cosa Nostra and 'Ndrangheta. While Canadian law enforcement agencies consider the Rizzuto and Cotroni crime families to be separate, the FBI considers them to be sub-units of the Bonanno crime family's Montreal faction.[20]

United KingdomEdit



New South WalesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The clans are united under a Mandamento, led by a Capomadamento, that represents the clans' bosses to the Cupola. In Sicily, there are 94 Mafia families subject to 29 mandamenti.[1]
  1. ^ (in Italian) Radiografia della mafia di oggi; Cosa nostra influenza 300 mila voti, La Repubblica (Palermo edition), July 20, 2010
  2. ^ a b The Changing Face of Organized Crime in New Jersey A Status Report. May 2004. (pp. 91–140)
  3. ^ Milhorn, p.216
  4. ^ Bill Bonanno, and Gary B. Abromovitz The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno: The Final Secrets of a Life in the Mafia p.72-73
  5. ^ 6 Fla. members of Bonanno crime family admit guilt (October 14, 2009) New York Post
  6. ^ "Miami Mobster, 95, Arrested, Is Among 32 Under Indictment" By Sean Gardiner (February 24, 2006) Sun
  7. ^ D. Lea Jacobs and Anthony Daniels. Friend of the family: An undercover Agent in the mafia. Pg. 97
  8. ^ "Phoenix 101: Underworld". Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  9. ^ Capeci p.92
  10. ^ Capeci p. 93
  11. ^ Feds bust Colacurcio crime family's four Puget Sound strip clubs by Michael Rollins (June 3, 2008) The Oregonian
  12. ^ a b Adrian Humphreys "A New Mafia: Crime families ruling Toronto, Italy alleges" Archived 2013-01-15 at (September 24, 2010)
  13. ^ "Canada is on the frontline of a new war against the rise of global organized crime". July 29, 2018.
  14. ^ a b c "Unease as mobsters set free". National Post. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  16. ^ "Carmine Verduci — the man who exposed Mafia's 'Canadian cell' — was gunned down near Toronto yesterday". 25 April 2014.
  17. ^ Man ordered deported over alleged mob ties, National Post, April 8, 2010
  18. ^ "Toronto judge sentences 'Ndrangheta crime boss to 11 ½ years for cocaine conspiracy". Toronto Star.
  19. ^ "Membership in Mafia 'better than gold,' landmark trial of two mobsters hears". November 8, 2018.
  20. ^ Lamothe & Humphreys, The Sixth Family, p.308
  21. ^ Marc Horne. Dons on the Don Archived 2012-07-16 at Scotland on Sunday. January 27, 2008
  22. ^ Italian mafia laundering cocaine money Down Under Archived 2009-05-22 at the Wayback Machine,, April 11, 2008
  23. ^ The Fixer: The Rise and Fall of Australian Drug Lord Robert Trimbole, Patrick Bellamy, The Crime Library
  24. ^ The Gangland War, State Library of Victoria
  25. ^ Omerta in the Antipodes, Time, Jan. 31, 1964


  • Capeci, Jerry. The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Mafia. Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2002. ISBN 0-02-864225-2
  • Milhorn, H. Thomas. Crime: Computer Viruses to Twin Towers. Universal Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-58112-489-9

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