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Judge denies bail to alleged Gambino crime family associate

One of seven people charged by federal authorities with racketeering conspiracy and other illegal activities associated with organized crime on Long Island was denied bail in federal court Tuesday.

Thomas Anzalone, 44, from Queens, an alleged associate of the Gambino crime family, was remanded back into custody after U.S. District Court Judge Sandra Feuerstein rejected a bail package offered by his attorney Jesse Siegel, of Manhattan.

Family and friends agreed to put up their homes and property to ensure he’d return to court, said Siegel, who also proposed that Anzalone wear an ankle bracelet as part of home confinement.

But prosecutors argued the violent nature of his crimes as a loan shark, along with the discovery of a cache of weapons at his home made him dangerous.

“I have to say I can’t imagine any conditions that would protect the community,” Feuerstein said.

Authorities found rifles and a revolver inside Anzalone’s home Dec. 12, a discovery that they said will lead to an escalation of charges. That prompted Feuerstein to conclude that “the risk of flight becomes more of a possibility.”

Anzalone’s family as well as his attorney declined to comment.

Anzalone was one of seven alleged members and associates of the Gambino and Bonanno crime families arrested Dec. 12. Federal prosecutors said they ran gambling, loan sharking, drugs and other operations from January 2014 to December 2017.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Anzalone was one of three men charged with offering loans with an exorbitant interest rate and violent retaliation if borrowers couldn’t pay up. He was also one of five men who were charged with selling narcotics including cocaine, marijuana and Xanax.

Authorities found a sawed-off shotgun in his bedroom and a revolver in his dresser, prosecutors said. He also had other assault rifles in a safe in the basement. Investigators also found a weighted scale with drug residue, prosecutors said.

Anzalone was arrested at his construction job in Manhattan later that same day, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors argued Anzalone’s family and friends couldn’t vouch for him with their property.

“All of this behavior was taking place under the noses of the people who are listed as sureties,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Artie McConnell.

Anzalone is due back in court on Jan. 11.If convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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