One of his more high-profile arrests was in 1959. La Placa was picked up with two other hoodlums on bribery charges for trying to influence a juror in the ongoing income-tax evasion trial of top Jewish New Jersey rackets boss Abner (Longy) Zwillman.
Peter (Lodi Pete) La Placa – aka “Peter Dominick La Placa” (TN) – was said to have been born 1902 in Calabria and immigrated to the U.S. as a baby in 1903. The La Placa family settled in New Jersey. Pete grew up in the Lodi section of the Garden State, hence his nickname “Lodi Pete”. As an older established hoodlum, he moved his wife and family to the Hasbrouck Heights section of Jersey.
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