The story of the Denver Mafia

When we think of the Old West, we tend to think of dusty plains and open fields of grain.

But Denver, Colorado has been around in one form or another since the 1850s, and was a gateway to the west coast for millions of travelers.

I have actually gotten deep into local history, only because there are so many famous historical figures that are from this area. I know that Denver is well known for its sports teams, and it’s thriving cannabis dispensary industry, but there is a lot more to learn about here. For example, do you know about the Denver Mob, an arm of the Mafia that ruled part of this city for almost a century? Pete and Sam Carlino moved to the Denver area in the 1920s, and established a very profitable criminal enterprise that became known as the Denver Mafia or the Mountain Mafia. From that pointy on, anyone who was involved in loansharking, gambling, prostitution, or bootletting in the Denver area had to be in business with the Carlino brothers, or run the risk of death! Over the decades the names have changed, but the bottom line stays the same — if you are a criminal in Denver you need to pay tribute to the Mountain Mafia or pay serious consequences. When Clarence Smoldone died in the early 2000s, the feds think the Denver Mafia died with him, but locals know the truth. Regardless of the name of the man in charge, the Denver Mafia is as strong, rich, and powerful as it has ever been.


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