In the late 1930s, LaSala accompanied Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel to Los Angeles as hired muscle to expand the Charles Luciano-Meyer Lansky syndicate. Once in California, LaSala became involved in drug smuggling. By 1940, he controlled syndicate drug trafficking in California and several other Southwestern states. LaSala was also a main supplier to Brooklyn mobster Joseph DiGiovanni.
In the early 1950s, LaSala was named in the U.S. Senate investigations on organized crime, known as the Kefauver Hearings, as a close associate of Los Angeles boss Jack Dragna and Girolomo "Momo" Adamo.
In 1954, LaSala was convicted of some felony and received a large prison term. From this time on, no other information is available on him.
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- "Investigation of Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce: Hearings Before the Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce United States Senate". NevadaObserver.com. http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:JpW_if0cQFAJ:www.nevadaobserver.com/Organized%2520Crime%2520in%2520the%2520United%2520States%25201950%25203.htm+%22James+LaSala. Retrieved 2007-04-02.