Darin Bufalino, a reputed mobster who allegedly worked for former Mafia boss Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, will be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on October 21, 2010. He was recently arrested as part of an extensive investigation into organized crime and drug dealing. Bufalino was arrested on charges of extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion, and being a habitual offender last night. He had been awaiting trial on charges that he robbed a landscaper in Middleton last year. Law enforcement officials told the Boston Globe that Bufalino's arrest was part of a larger case against 31 people including Mark Rossetti, another reputed mobster who has been in jail since his indictment on heroin trafficking charges in May.
The Massachusetts law that makes extortion a crime is Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 25. When an extortion case is prosecuted in the Superior Court, extortion is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The maximum sentence for conspiracy is the same as the maximum for the underlying charge, and conspiracy can be very difficult to prove. Heroin trafficking charges are very serious. All Massachusetts drug trafficking convictions carry a mandatory minimum, and heroin trafficking Class A is the most severe.