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Police: Philly-South Jersey mob down to 20 members

The mob isn't what it used to be in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.
/ Source: PhillyBurbs.com

The mob isn't what it used to be in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.The Philadelphia Police Department says the local branch of La Cosa Nostra has shrunk from about 80 members in the 1980s to only about 20 "soldiers" now.And nine of the current members are in prison.The portrait of a struggling criminal enterprise comes from a Philadelphia Police organizational chart that was presented as evidence at a New Jersey Casino Control Commission hearing.The commission is weighing whether Joseph N. Merlino can get a service-industry license for his construction company.Merlino is the cousin of jailed mob leader Joseph S. "Skinny Joey" Merlino. Authorities say Joseph N. Merlino has mob ties.___Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com