Mobster Joseph Barbara's Apalachin Home is Raided by State and Local Law

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The Apalachin Meeting at the home of mobster Joseph "Joe the Barber" Barbara is raided by local and state law enforcement. Police became suspicious when large numbers of cars with out-of-state license plates showed in Apalachin, a tiny hamlet outside of Binghamton, New York.

It is estimated that over 100 leaders of mafia organizations from America, Canada, and Italy are at this summit to discuss how to best divide up control over illegal activities.

More than 60 high-level mob bosses are arrested and detained by the police. Twenty will be charged with "conspiring to obstruct justice by lying about the nature of the underworld meeting." All will be found guilty in January 1959, fined up to $10,000, an imprisoned for 3-5 years, but all the convictions will be overturned.

One lasting effect of this meeting is that it serves to confirm the existence of the mafia for the general public — not simply the existence of criminal organizations, but rather an international network of criminal organizations all working together.

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