Mobster found hiding in Idaho

BOSTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- An alleged New England mobster on the lam since 1994 has been arrested in Idaho living under an assumed name, the FBI said.

Enrico M. Ponzo, 42, was one of 15 men named in a 1997 federal indictment aimed at breaking up a power struggle in the Patriarca family of La Cosa Nostra, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.


Ponzo was believed to be part of a rival faction of the family that sought to prevent Francis P. "Cadillac Frank" Salemme from becoming boss, officials said.

Their efforts triggered a five-year war that left about a dozen men dead.

The FBI said Ponzo was found in Idaho living under the assumed name of Jeffrey John Shaw.

Salemme, who survived a 1989 attempt on his life, is believed to be in witness protection.

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