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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 1, 2022

Philadelphia LCN Associate Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison For Racketeering and Drug Dealing

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Victor DeLuca, a.k.a. “Big Vic,” 57, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was sentenced to ten years in prison and ten years of supervised release by Senior United States District Judge R. Barclay Surrick for racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

In November 2021, the defendant pleaded guilty to charges in a superseding indictment stemming from his involvement in criminal activity with and for the Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra, also known as the LCN, the mafia, and the mob. The Philadelphia LCN is one of a number of LCN organized crime families based in various cities throughout the United States. The goal of the LCN in Philadelphia and elsewhere is to make money through the commission of various crimes, including illegal gambling, loansharking, drug trafficking, and extortion.

According to court documents, and the defendant’s guilty plea on November 29, 2021, DeLuca was an associate of the LCN who worked with LCN members and associates to commit crimes such as drug trafficking, extortion, and loansharking, among other crimes. The defendant pled guilty to his involvement with the LCN for that conduct as well as for an effort in April 2017 to obtain two pounds of methamphetamine, intended for later resale, on behalf of other LCN members and associates.

“Even though the Philadelphia mob is not what it was in the last century, the organization and its criminal activities are still very much a problem and are damaging the communities in which it operates,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting anyone who is committing serious federal crimes like these, and we will not rest until the mob is nothing but a bad memory.”

“As a longtime associate of the Philadelphia LCN, Victor DeLuca earned his keep through drug-dealing, loansharking, and extortion - pretty much the antithesis of an honest day’s work,” said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “His actions caused harm to individual victims and the community alike and it’s gratifying he’s now been brought to justice. The FBI will continue to keep organized crime squarely in our sights as we work to make the city of Philadelphia a safer place.”

The case was investigated the FBI, including its Philadelphia Field Division and Atlantic City Resident Agency, as part of a long-running investigation, with the assistance of the Philadelphia Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan Ortiz and Justin Ashenfelter of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Trial Attorneys Alexander Gottfried and Kristen Taylor of the Department of Justice Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Gang Section.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Updated April 1, 2022