List of Mafia crime families

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This is a list of independent Italian crime families around the world that are considered to be part of Cosa Nostra (the Mafia). This list does not include all Camorra, 'Ndrangheta or Sacra Corona Unita clans ("crime families").


In Italy there are different Mafia-like organizations operating:


The clans are united under a Mandamento, led by a Capomadamento, that represents the clans' bosses to the Cupola. In Sicily, there are 94 Mafia families subject to 29 mandamenti.[1]

United States[edit]

According to the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation there were 24 active Mafia families in the United States in 2004.[3] Thomas Milhorn has reported that the Mafia was active in 26 cities across the United States during the same year.[4]

Northeastern United States[edit]

New York[edit]

Western New York

New Jersey[edit]


New England[edit]

Midwestern United States[edit]






Southern United States[edit]


  • Birmingham crime family – defunct since 1938[5]


  • Trafficante crime family (Tampa area)
  • The Five Families of New York have crews operating in South Florida
    • Bonanno crime family – is operating in South Florida [6]
    • Colombo crime family's Florida faction – is operating in South Florida
    • Gambino crime family's Florida faction – is operating in South Florida and the Tampa Bay Area.
    • Genovese crime family – is operating in South Florida. See soldier Albert Facchiano [7]
    • Lucchese crime family – is operating in South Florida and Central Florida Counties of Pasco and Pinellas.[8]



Western United States[edit]



Las Vegas is considered open territory allowing all crime families to operate in the city's Casinos. Since the 1930s the Five Families of New York and the Midwest families have owned and operated in Casinos in the Las Vegas Strip.




In Northern and Southern Ontario there are two types of Italian organized crime Cosa Nostra (Sicilian) and 'Ndrangheta (Calabrian) [12] One Albanian organized crime Selmanaj (Elbasan) [13].

Musitano crime family – a "Calabrian" faction of the Buffalo crime family, based in Hamilton Siderno Group – is the name for the "'Ndrangheta" clans (crime families). There are 7 clans operating in the Greater Toronto Area.[13] Each 'Ndrina is headed by a boss who represents them on the Board of Control. The Siderno clans are part of the Commisso 'ndrina a crime family based in Calabria, Italy.[12] Selmanaj crime family - Is based in the Greater Toronto Area[14]. Involving 9 clans based in Elbasan.

Province of Quebec[edit]

In Quebec there are two types of Italian organized crime Cosa Nostra and Camorra. Both the Rizzuto and Cotroni crime families are considered by the FBI to be part of the Bonanno crime family's Canadian faction.

United Kingdom[edit]



New South Wales[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ (Italian) Radiografia della mafia di oggi; Cosa nostra influenza 300 mila voti, La Repubblica (Palermo edition), July 20, 2010
  2. ^ Operazione Perseo: La Nuova Commissione Provinciale di Cosa Nostra | Articoli vari
  3. ^ a b The Changing Face of Organized Crime in New Jersey A Status Report. May 2004. (pp. 91–140)
  4. ^ Milhorn, p.216
  5. ^ Bill Bonanno, and Gary B. Abromovitz The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno: The Final Secrets of a Life in the Mafia p.72-73
  6. ^ 6 Fla. members of Bonanno crime family admit guilt (October 14, 2009) New York Post
  7. ^ "Miami Mobster, 95, Arrested, Is Among 32 Under Indictment" By Sean Gardiner (February 24, 2006) Sun
  8. ^ D. Lea Jacobs and Anthony Daniels. Friend of the family: An undercover Agent in the mafia. Pg. 97
  9. ^ Capeci p.92
  10. ^ Capeci p. 93
  11. ^ Feds bust Colacurcio crime family's four Puget Sound strip clubs by Michael Rollins (June 3, 2008) The Oregonian
  12. ^ Marc Horne. Dons on the Don Scotland on Sunday. January 27, 2008
  13. ^ Italian mafia laundering cocaine money Down Under,, April 11, 2008
  14. ^ The Fixer: The Rise and Fall of Australian Drug Lord Robert Trimbole, Patrick Bellamy, The Crime Library
  15. ^ The Gangland War, State Library of Victoria
  16. ^ Omerta in the Antipodes, Time, Jan. 31, 1964


  • Capeci, Jerry. The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Mafia. Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2002. ISBN 0-02-864225-2
  • Milhorn, H. Thomas. Crime: Computer Viruses to Twin Towers. Universal Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-58112-489-9

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