Joseph "Baldie" LoPiccolo (1918–1999) was a member of the New York Gambino crime family and a capo under Santo Trafficante, Jr.'s criminal organization. His specialty was narcotics trafficking.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 28, 1918, LoPiccolo was the son of Felipo and Margherita LoPiccolo. He had two brothers, Anthony and Frank, and two sisters, Loretta and Carmella.

Drug trade[edit | edit source]

LoPiccolo moved to New York City and joined the Gambino family. As a made man, he was involved in narcotics, illegal gambling, loansharking, and the vending machine business. During the 1940s and 1950s, LoPiccolo established a narcotics distribution system throughout Florida, becoming one of the largest drug traffickers during the post-World War II period.

In August 1958, LoPiccolo was convicted of violating federal narcotics laws and sentenced to twenty years imprisonment. He served his sentence either at the Atlanta Federal Prison in Atlanta, Georgia, or the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Release and demise[edit | edit source]

After his release from prison, LoPiccolo returned to criminal activity

Joseph LoPiccolo died in 1999.

References[edit | edit source]

  • The Editors of Newsday, The Heroin Trail. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1975. ISBN 0-03-013841-8

External links[edit | edit source]

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