Former capo in New England Mafia is arrested in Coral Springs

BOSTON (AP) — A former high-ranking member of the New England Mafia has been ordered to stay in custody after his arrest on charges he lied to federal authorities about the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub owner.

Seventy-year-old Robert DeLuca is a former capo in the Patriarca crime family. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in Massachusetts on charges of obstruction of justice and making false statements. Federal authorities say he lied when he denied knowing anything about Steven DiSarro’s disappearance in May 1993.

DeLuca was arrested in Broward County, Florida. He made an initial appearance Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was ordered held in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday.

His lawyer, Marshall Dore Louis, declined to comment.

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