In fact, in later years as the FBI and FBN more deeply investigated further and became more familiar with their rackets and the way they operated, federal law enforcement came to realize that if not the most important traffickers, then the Tampa mafia was at least among the most important importers and wholesale distributors of multi-kilogram loads of heroin and cocaine into the United States.
One of the oldest Italian crime groups to ever operate in the United States was the Tampa Family of Florida. This Family first came to the attention of federal law enforcement in the early 1950s, while under the leadership of “Capo” Santo Trafficante Sr.
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