Barbara Fama is one of the mob wives on Investigation Discovery’s new show, “I Married A Mobster.” Her episode is entitled, “Meet The Famas” and it airs August 3rd. I wanted to get a little background information on Barbara before viewing the show and I came across a US Court of Appeals document that was argued in December, 1984 and ruled on in March, 1985.
The background to this case are as follows: in April, 1984 a search was done of the Fama home, with a warrant, and a large quantity of evidence was seized. The list is incredible and includes the following: 13 pounds of heroin, 2.5 pounds of cocaine, about 100 pounds of marijuana, over 3.4 million dollars in cash, over 25 firearms, large quantities of drug diluents and other drug related material. This discovery led to the arrest of Barbara, Joe, her husband, and all four of their children.
Barbara was released on bail in June, 1984 and then rearrested in September, 1984 on new charges having to do with a large drug trafficking ring. The ruling of the court stated that the search performed in April was valid, but the search done in September was reversed and the evidence seized at that time suppressed.
All this trouble was the result of greed. Joe was supposed to sell drugs for the mob until his gambling debts were paid off. But, Joe got hooked on all the extra money and the things that went along with it. He ended up continuing his work with the mob until, like it always does, it caught up with him and his family. By that time, the whole family was involved and arrested. It reminds me of Sammy Gravano’s ecstasy ring in Arizona, where his whole family was arrested.
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