DENVER – Although Colorado may not have been a hotbed of organized crime, one infamous crime family made it clear that the Centennial State was their territory.
According to Mafia Wiki, the the Smaldone crime family reigned control over Colorado during the bootlegging era. The family was active up until 2006.
Members of the family were caught up in several illegal activities and even opened a restaurant in north Denver. Gaetano's Italian restaurant at West 38th Avenue and Tejon Street remains open to this day.
The family answered to seven bosses, which are profiled in the following gallery. The information and photos are courtesy of Mafia Wiki.