Bronx sports gambling ring led by Luchese family member busted

An acting capo in the Luchese crime family and five others were arrested Monday for running a sports betting ring in the Bronx, Manhattan federal prosecutors said.

Three other associates were nabbed for distributing 500 grams of cocaine.

The feds say members of the gambling ring regularly kicked up a percentage of their profits to Anthony Croce, an acting captain for the crime family. Croce faces five years in prison.

Investigators uncovered the ring by secretly recording cell phone conversations of members taking in thousands of dollars in bets for football and other sporting events.

Members aided customers by providing them with access codes to an offshore gambling operation run over the Internet, according to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI in Manhattan Federal Court.

Bronx sports gambling ring led by Luchese family member busted – By Thomas Zambito – DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER – Monday, November 24th 2008, 11:41 PM – http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2008/11/24/2008-11-24_bronx_sports_gambling_ring_led_by_luches.html