Oct. 1, 1910, to Oct. 15, 1978.
Tramunti led the Lucchese Crime Family in New York in the late 1960s and possibly also in the early 1970s.
Boss Tommy Lucchese died of natural causes in July 1967. With Family bigshot Anthony "Tony Ducks" Corallo behind bars at that time for bribing New York City Water Commissioner James L. Marcus, Tramunti was selected as Lucchese's successor.
Just a few years later, Tramunti was charged with involvement in the "French Connection" heroin distribution ring. He was convicted of helping to finance the ring, which smuggled heroin from Turkey through Corsica to the U.S. On May 7, 1974, Tramunti was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison. He was also found guilty of perjury.
Tramunti died of natural causes in prison in 1978.
Just when Corallo took over the leadership of the Lucchese clan remains in doubt. It appears that, after coming out of prison, Corallo allowed Tramunti to continue to serve as a front man for the Lucchese operation until the time of his imprisonment.
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