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  • Mob Arrests

    Our story involved the Italian mafia, ties to the Gambino crime family, heroin, pineapples, and a late night police run in southern Italy. This story was the result of years of following the FBI’s pursuit of drug traffickers, working sources and building solid relationships with police officials. It is almost unheard of for the FBI to give journalists access to any kind of operations in a foreign country. This was an important breakup of a major international drug ring and due to our exclusive access were able to provide the American people with a rare behind the scenes view of this story.
  • Blood and Volume: Inside New York's Israeli Mafia

    “Headed by a cold-blooded killer named Johnny Attias, the Israeli mafia butted heads with the Italian mafia, killed Russian gangsters and pulled off the biggest gold heist in the history of Manhattan’s Diamond District.”
  • Black Mass, The Irish Mob, The FBI, and a Devil's Deal

    "Black Mass tells the story of two boys-- John Connolly, and James "Whitey" Bulger-- who grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the late 1970's, they meet again. By then Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. What happened between them -- a dirty deal to trade secrets and take down Boston's Italian Mafia in the process-- would spiral out of control, leading to murders, and drug dealing, and racketeering indictments. And ultimately, to Bulger making the FBI's most wanted list."
  • The Kosovo Connection

    The Montreal Gazette investigates the criminal connections of the Kosovo Liberation Army, the Albanian rebel group defended and entrenched in power by NATO's campaign in Yugoslavia. The report exposes the KLA's links to heroin and prostitution rings that have flourished throughout Europe and North America largely through its help and contends that the group's profit from crime has continued since the war.