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A man reputedly connected to several organized crime families...

LOS ANGELES -- A man reputedly connected to several organized crime families was arrested by the FBI on New York warrants charging him with racketeering and narcotics trafficking.

At a federal court hearing Wednesday following his arrest, Joseph A. Imbruglia, 60, waived extradition and agreed to return to New York to face the charges contained in three separate indictments.

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He was arrested at his Ventura County home in Thousand Oaks, where he lived with his girlfriend.

Imbruglia allegedly had connections to the Genovese La Cosa Nostra and the Bonanno and Gambino Mafia families in New York.

New York authorities issued arrest warrants for Imbruglia in December 1980. He was charged with making false statements on a state application, illegal use of a passport and failure to appear in court.

In May 1981, Imbruglia was charged in New York with violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations statute and narcotics conspiracy.

He was alleged to be involved in a New York-area plot involving the hijacking of meat and produce shipments, narcotics, government fraud, obstruction of justice and politicial corruption.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Nessim argued Imbruglia has been a fugitive from New York for four years and has a history of violent criminal activity dating back to the 1940s. U.S. Magistrate James Penne refused to set bail pending Imbruglia's return to New York.

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Nessim said Imbruglia was involved in the wholesale manufacture of synthetic cocaine and that he was responsible for several arson bombings on the East Coast. Imbruglia also is wanted by New York City police in a local drug case.

Imbruglia was most recently convicted in 1969 for armed robbery and spent three years in prison, Nessim said.

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