Anthony J. Rampino (c.1940-2010 Ozone Park, Queens), also known as "Tony Roach", is a Gambino crime family mobster who was involved in truck hijacking and drug trafficking
He earned the nickname "Tony Roach" or simply "Roach" because of his vague physical resemblance to the insect, the cockroach, the name assumed a double meaning not to long afterward, when Rampino started smoking copious amounts of marijuana. He was involved in drug trafficking. He became a close friend of John Gotti, Angelo Ruggiero, Nicholas Corozzo and Leonard DiMaria.
He had been troubled with a severe heroin addiction in the 1960s which was well known among his criminal associates, but had successfully kicked the drug habit by 1979. Former friend Salvatore Gravano later said, "I was all around amongst us that people with John were heavy, heavy in drugs, personally I don't believe John ever did it himself. But he had to know what was going on. I mean, there's Genie (Gene Gotti), his own brother, Angelo Ruggiero, who he grew up with - the other guys with him - John Carneglia, Edward Lino Tony Roach (Anthony Rampino), who not only had a reputation for drugs but was an ex-junkie." Anthony and Wilfred Johnson served as John Gotti's chief loan collectors for the crew.
On December 16, 1985, Rampino allegedly participated in the assassinations of Gambino boss Paul Castellano and underboss Thomas Bilotti outside Sparks Steak House. After Castellano's murder, Gotti took over as family boss.
Drug bust and arrest Edit
On June 28, 1987 he was arrested for selling $30,000 worth of heroin to an undercover police officer in Ozone Park, Queens. He was sentenced to fifteen years in a federal prison for criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first degree, which carries a sentence of fifteen years to life in prison. His bail was set at $150,000.
Rampino was admitted to St. Luke's Hospital in New Hartford on 4th December 2010. The colorful mob character had been suffering from heart and respiratory ailments, according to court filings. He died on 20th December 2010 in the same hospital.