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Book details
  • Genre:TRUE CRIME
  • SubGenre:Organized Crime
  • Language:English
  • Pages:226
  • eBook ISBN:9781624070792

Tampa's Mafia Underground Airline

A True Historical Account

by Anthony Mendola

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In this story, you'll witness the birth of one of the largest drug smuggling rings ever to evolve. Angelo Bedami, grandson of one of the most notorious gangsters in Tampa, Florida, takes on the responsibility of supporting his family shortly after the mysterious disappearance of his father, Joe. Street smart with pool hall diplomacy, Angelo, at the age of twenty-one, takes his crew ona tour from a low, but stable growth of setting up and robbing low-level drug dealers to beconing one of thne largest smugglers of drugs in Tampa. During the course of their growth, Angelo created an underground airline, enlisting clandestine terminals used as drop-off points for unloading his illicit cargo. A 50,000-acre farm owned by Johnson & Johnson, Governor Graham's dairy farm, and a 50,000-acre farm owned by Kellogg & Kellogg were among the designated terminals created by Angelo. Hold tight and witness the precarious and ambiguous meetings deep within the jungles of South America. Laugh at antics displayed by the crew--a means of releasing the presure of fear and uncertainty as they go about their daily routine of smuggling. Only now, after years of silence and the shield of statute of limitations, can the true story of this Tampa Cartel be told. Hang on. You're in for one hell of a ride.
Tampa's Mafia Underground Airline, is a unique true crime novel with each chapter reading like a mini novel. Each chapter is a story in itself. It is about a young, ambitious, Angelo Bedami, head of a crew, whose ancestry stems from Sicily and has taken root in Tampa, Florida. Joe Bedami Sr., More...Angelo s father, a prominent member of the Tampa community, owned at least five legitimate businesses. He paid his taxes, and made employment possible for honest citizens so that they in turn could support their families. He was Angelo s mentor. On the dark side, Joe Bedami Sr., was a made member of the Trafficante family. He was the enforcer. In August of 1968, Joe Bedami Sr. disappeared and was presumed murdered. That s when Angelo took over the responsibilities of supporting his family and true to form he did it by the book, his father's book. Only Angelo s way of earning a living wasn t by enforcing, as was his father's way. Angelo s interest laid in drug smuggling-large scale drug smuggling. Not supplying neighborhoods, but states and countries. Angelo created clandestine airstrips which were referred to as underground terminals throughout the state of Florida. A few of these terminals were located on the ranches of well known members of the community, such as: Kellogg and Kellogg, Johnson and Johnson, and the ranch of the governor at that time, Governor Graham, now State Senator. Planes landing at these terminals ranged from, DC-4s to Cessnas. Once, Angelo actually purchased from General Noriega himself, a Convair paid in cash. Fifty thousand dollars that found its way into Noriaga s cache. Angelo was doing a fine job of supporting his family. Surprisingly he forbade violence. Once a buyer owed him a hundred thousand dollars. When asked by an associate what he was going to do about it , Angelo, said, nothing. He didn t want a scared enemy around who would eventually run to the cops and blow his whole operation. Instead he stole a Convair from this potential rat, had his boys pick up a load in South America and brought back 15 thousand pounds of pot. He figured that covered the hundred thousand dollar loss. Once, two of Angelo s pilots were fished out of the Atlantic ocean after dropping a load of drugs and dumping the plane in the water. As a matter of fact, it was the Convair stolen by Angelo. During interrogation one of the pilots wouldn t talk, the other wouldn t shut up. The one who wouldn t shut up actually had nothing to say. He was in the dark. He didn t know where he took off from, didn t know where he landed to pick up the load, and didn t even know where it was unloaded. Two baffled customs agents were overheard, one saying to the other, who are these guys? Hence, the title.
About the author
Anthony Mendola is also the author of the suspense thriller, MORTAL ACQUAINTANCE. His passion, second to writing, lays in the kitchen where he enjoys cooking and entertaining. Born in New York City, he now resides in, Tampa, FL. enjoying the sun and BBQ's.