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Gangland Wire Crime Stories is a unique true crime podcast. The host, Gary Jenkins, is a former Kansas City Police Intelligence Unit Detective. Gary uses his experience to give insigtful twists on famous organized characters across the United States. He tells crime stories from his own career and invites former FBI agents, police officers and criminals to educate and entertain listeners.

Gangland Wire Gary Jenkins: Mafia Detective

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Gangland Wire Crime Stories is a unique true crime podcast. The host, Gary Jenkins, is a former Kansas City Police Intelligence Unit Detective. Gary uses his experience to give insigtful twists on famous organized characters across the United States. He tells crime stories from his own career and invites former FBI agents, police officers and criminals to educate and entertain listeners.

    Jack Tocco’s Promotion Photo

    Jack Tocco’s Promotion Photo

    Retired Kansas City Police Intelligence Unit Detective Gary Jenkins interviews retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal about the day he and his surveillance team followed a Detroit Mafia boss and took photos of Jack Tocco, Vito Giacalone, and Anthony Corrado meeting the day Toco was promoted to Boss at a mob meeting on the Timberland Game Farm near Detroit. Greg also tells about his work on the Jimmy Hoffa case and the Unabomber case.

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    Venmo me @ganglandwireAgent Stejskal was assigned to the Detroit FBI Surveillance Squad. One summer day in 1979, they were watching a known mob business when they saw Detroit mob upper-level guy named Jack Tocco arrive in one car and then leave in a van with several others. They immediately called in the rest of their squad and started flowing. They trailed behind and saw the van enter the Timberland Game Ranch about 50 miles west of Detroit. They set up the watch at the front gate of this ranch and soon started seeing Lincolns and Cadillacs arrive. they suspected they might be seeing another high-level mob meeting like the one in 1957 at Apalachin New York. Even though they had no idea what was going on, they knew this was important and Greg and his partner, Keith Cordes proceeded to the rear of this private hunting preserve to try for a vantage point where they might get a glimpse of the Ranch’s grounds and buildings.Throwing caution to the wind, they trespassed and entered the private property with their only weap[on, a Canon SLR with a 300 mm lens. They walked for 10 minutes or more until they could see a clearing and some buildings. They radioed out to the rest of the team their location and set up at the end of an archery target range where they could see some of the men gathered together. They figured they were safe as they had never heard of mob guys doing archery. Soon three men moved to the head of the archery range where the archers might stand and engage in conversation. Greg snapped several photos even though he was totally ignorant of what they were observing. He could recognize through the lens that these men were Jack Tocco, Vito “Billy Jack” Giacalone, and Anthony “The Bull” Corrado.

    Seventeen years later the FBI indicted 17 members of the Detroit family for violation of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute, conspiracy, and all the related predicate crimes. The US Attorney admitted this photo into evidence to show the past relationship between these men. Along with the photo, the other observations made of the Detroit mob meeting and Vito Giacalone admitting there is a Mafia family in Detroit, the government was able to convict all the men charged with a RICO violation.

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    • 46 min
    Lefty Ruggerio and Joe Pistone

    Lefty Ruggerio and Joe Pistone

    Retired Kansas City Police Intelligence detective Gary Jenkins interviews Joe Pistone, Retired FBI agent Doug Fencl and a former cellmate of Lefty Ruggerio and friend of Gary’s Steve St. John. We learn that Lefty Ruggerio was difficult to be around and as Joe once stated, “I would hate to be locked up with Lefty.”

    Lefty Ruggerio was a lifetime made-guy in the Bonanno Crime Family of New York City. He was a key figure in the undercover assignment of FBI agent Joe Pistone who adopted the name of Donnie Brasco when he infiltrated the Bonanno crew under Capo Sonny Black Napolitano. Al Pachino played Lefty in the well-known movie titled Donnie Brosco. Johnnie Depp portrayed agent Pistone. Joe Pistone tells how Lefty hated air conditioning and fresh air. They were in Florida together and lefty refused to allow Joe to turn on the car air conditioning or lower the windows on a hot Florida day. During this time in the car, LEfty chained smoked his favorite cigarettes, English ovals. Joe remembers that Lefty always wanted more and more whenever he did anything for Lefty.

    Steve St. John, former cellie of Lefty, tells how he was incarcerated in the Federal hospital facility in the Springfield Missouri Federal Correctional Institution with Lefty Ruggerio. Steve remembered making a cake for Lefty’s birthday and upon presentation, Lefty replied, “Well what else ya got for me?”

    The FBI assigned now-retired agent Doug Fencl to the Bonanno squad and one of his jobs was to make contact with Ruggerio. Doug tells us that he went to see Lefty Ruggerio and tell him that Donnie Brosco was Agent Joe Pistone. He said he caught Lefty alone in his social club when he approached him with this explosive piece of information, Lefty lost his cool and started screaming incoherently. Lefty was so upset that he stormed out of the club into the street leaving agent Fencl alone inside the club. Doug also tells the story of how he broke this news to Sonny Black Napolitano. He hoped to turn Sonny Black because this situation would cause Sonny Black to become a pariah among his Bonanno Family peers. He said Sonny Black never blinked an eye and showed no visible emotion. Doug said that Sonny Black asked Doug to wait up a minute and he explained, “You know that I can’t do that (meaning turning witness).” Doug said he replied, “I understand.” Of course, someone murdered Sonny Black not long after.

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    • 28 min
    ATF Undercover in South Florida

    ATF Undercover in South Florida

    Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins interviews US Customs Agent turned ATF Agent Ignacio Esteban about his career. Esteban started with US Customs and was assigned to the Miami International Airpot where he interdicted millions in smuggled cocaine. He explains the uncomfortable options they give drug mules who swallow condoms filled with drugs. He later transferred to the ATF because they did so much undercover work. Agent Esteban was ideally suited to infiltrate south of the border drug operations because his family was from Cuba and he speaks Spanish like a native. He explains the history of the mob and Castro among other important historical details from that area.

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    • 56 min
    Lou Valoze ATF Undercover in the Outfit Part 2

    Lou Valoze ATF Undercover in the Outfit Part 2

    Retired KCPD Intelligence Unit Detective Gary Jenkins interviewed ATF agent Lou Valoze about his efforts to infiltrate an Outfit crew under Mike Sarno, aka “The Large Guy.” Lou tells how he used his MMA abilities and his motorcycle gang undercover persona to befriend a close associate of Mike Sarno named Mark Polchan. Mike The Large Guy Sarno used the Outlaw motorcycle gang member Polchan to help do burglary and robbery scores and intimidate business rivals with bombings.

    Mike Sarno had been promoted above his pay grade after Frank Calabrese Jr. had been jailed and convicted in the Family Secrets trial. Mike Sarno was working with people like Mark Polchan, who took in at face value a stranger like this ATF agent, Lou Valoze.

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    • 16 min
    Mass shoootings and what can be done -Bonus Episode

    Mass shoootings and what can be done -Bonus Episode

    A bonus episode! Retired Detective Gary Jenkins and retired ATF Agent Igancio Esteban discuss the recent spike in school shootings and other mass murders. Agent Esteban recently wrote a book titled “The Worse Mass Shootings in American History and How to Stop Them From Happening Again.” Click this link to get the book. Click this link to see all of Agent Estebans books.

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    To go to the store or make a donation or rent Ballot Theft: Burglary, Murder, Coverup  click here

    To rent Brothers against Brothers, the documentary, click here. 

    To rent Gangland Wire, the documentary, click here

    To buy my Kindle book, Leaving Vegas: The True Story of How FBI Wiretaps Ended Mob Domination of Las Vegas Casinos.

    To subscribe on iTunes click here, please give me a review and help others find the podcast.

    • 41 min
    Lou Valose ATF Undercover in the Outfit Part 1

    Lou Valose ATF Undercover in the Outfit Part 1

    Retired Kansas City Police Intelligence Unit Detective Gary jenkins interviews retired ATF Agent Lou Valose about his undercover work on the Chicago Outfit and how he infiltrated a crew led by Outfit Associate Mark Polchan. Lou tells how he got his start working undercover stings that focused on buying “crime guns” from criminals who either had stolen them or traded drugs for them on the black market. He did not know, but he was really training for the biggest infiltration of his career. He will infiltrate the dangerous and feared Chicago Motorcycle gang called the Outlaws and then the Outfit.  Marck Polchan will lead him to Mike “The Large Guy” Sarno and expose the Outfit to prosecution.

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    A fellow agent who knew his work called him and asked if he would try to infiltrate a southside Outlaw Motorcycle gang leader’s pawnshop because they suspected he had done some bombings for the Chicago organized crime group known as the Outfit. When he arrived, he found this man’s name was Mark Polchan and he operated a pawnshop where he dealt with stolen property. Lou and other agents devised a plan to get the positive attention of Polchan. First, they knew he loved Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and Lou was an MMA fighter. He started working at an MMA gym nearby in Cicero and was working his way into this subculture. He needed to get close to Polchan, so the agents had a novel idea, one agent knew a dentist and they purchased old gold teeth that the dentist had removed. He dropped by Polchan’s Pawnshop/jewelry store in Cicero and asked if he would buy gold teeth. Polchan replied he would and shortly after Lou returned with the gold teeth, some with roots still attached and a red stain that looked like blood on them. Polchan was impressed and also wanted to know more about his MMA career. Using these two things, Lou Valose worked his way into the inner circle of Polchan’s crew. He learned about his connection to a made guy named Mike “The Large Guy” Sarno. This guy had recently taken over the old Frank Calabrese Sr. crew after the Family Secrets convictions decimated the Outfit.

     

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    To subscribe on iTunes click here, please give me a review and help others find the podcast.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
442 Ratings

442 Ratings

Ng1104 ,

Great

Gary is awesome. Love the show!

Firebird3131 ,

Great mafia podcast

Very informative! The host knows his stuff and I appreciate that he is just himself and isn’t a phony. The interviews are good as well. Highly recommended.

yoga.aha ,

An extraordinarily brilliant history of crime in America

This is a fantastic podcast. Listened to in order it is a linear history of organized crime in America. It could be a college course. It is entertaining & funny also. (Jeff Nadu is simply not believable.) The book about Franzese sounds like nothing more than a mob vanity publication, let’s not romanticize murderers, that’s ridiculous fluff.

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