by Max Brantley
George Thompson of Cabot -- accused of bookmaking, drug dealing, immigration violations and illegal gun dealing in federal indictments that also implicated North Little Rock aldermen Cary Gaines and Sam Baggett -- moves in really fast company.
At a press conference in Boston today, U.S. attorneys, including participating law officers from Arkansas, announced he was indicted along with three others in a racketeering indictment along with Ralph Deleo, a reputed street boss of the Colombo Mafia family.
The Indictment alleges that Deleo, who was the "street boss" of the Colombo Family of La Cosa Nostra (LCN), directed and controlled the operations of the Deleo Crew, which included but was not limited to Deleo, Goldman, Kulesza and Thompson. According to the indictment, members and associates of the Deleo Crew engaged in the importation, trafficking and distribution of narcotics and controlled substances, including cocaine and marijuana; extortion; loan sharking; and interstate and foreign travel in aid of racketeering. It is alleged that the Deleo Crew operated principally in the areas of Massachusetts, Arkansas, Rhode Island, New York and Florida.