Anthony J. Rampino (c. 1939 Ozone Park, Queens – 20 December 2010, St.Luke Hospital, New Hartford, NY), also known as "Tony Roach", was a Gambino crime family mobster who was involved in truck hijacking and drug trafficking.
Biography[edit | edit source]
He earned the nickname "Tony Roach" or simply "Roach" because of his vague physical resemblance to the insect, the cockroach, the name assumed a double meaning not to long afterward, when Rampino started smoking copious amounts of marijuana. He was involved in drug trafficking. He became a close friend of John Gotti, Angelo Ruggiero, Nicholas Corozzo and Leonard DiMaria.
He had been troubled with a severe heroin addiction in the 1960s which was well known among his criminal associates but had successfully kicked the drug habit by 1979. Former friend Sammy Gravano later said, "I was all around amongst us that people with John were heavy, heavy in drugs, personally I don't believe John ever did it himself. But he had to know what was going on. I mean, there's Genie (Gene Gotti), his own brother, Angelo Ruggiero, who he grew up with - the other guys with him - John Carneglia, Edward Lino Tony Roach (Anthony Rampino), who not only had a reputation for drugs but was an ex-junkie." Anthony and Wilfred Johnson served as John Gotti's chief loan collectors for the crew.
Drug bust and arrest[edit | edit source]
On June 28, 1987 he was arrested for selling $30,000 worth of heroin to an undercover police officer in Ozone Park, Queens. He was sentenced to fifteen years in a federal prison for criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first degree, which carries a sentence of fifteen years to life in prison. His bail was set at $150,000.
Death[edit | edit source]
Rampino was admitted to St. Luke's Hospital in New Hartford on Dec. 4., 2010. The colorful mob character had been suffering from heart and respiratory ailments, according to court filings. He died on 12/20/2010 in the same hospital.
References[edit | edit source]
- "John Gotti crony Anthony (Tony Roach) Rampino dies at 71". Daily News (New York). December 21, 2010. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/12/21/2010-12-21_gotti_crony_tony_roach_dies_in_prison.html. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
- Goombata: The Improbable Rise and Fall of John Gotti and His Gang by John Cummings and Ernest Volkman