Santo Trafficante Sr. (May 28, 1886 – August 11, 1954) was a Sicilian-born mobster, and father of the powerful mobster Santo Trafficante Jr. Santo Trafficante Sr. gained power as a mobster in Tampa, Florida and ruled the Mafia in Tampa from the 1930s until his death in 1954. Trafficante was heavily involved in the operation of illegal bolita lotteries. During his reign, Trafficante was a well-respected boss with ties to Charles "Lucky" Luciano and Thomas Lucchese. Trafficante died of stomach cancer on August 11, 1954; he was a member of L'Unione Italiana, and he was buried in L'Unione Italiana Cemetery in Ybor City. His son, Santo Trafficante Jr. subsequently took over the crime family.


Further reading

*Dietche, Scott M. ''Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld''. Barricade Books, 2004.

External links

Cuban Information Archives: Santo Trafficante Jr.
includes U.S. Treasury Department records of Santo Trafficante Sr.
Creative Loafing: The Mob -- A Drive-By Historical Tour of Tampa's Notorious Wise Guys
by Scott Deitche * {{DEFAULTSORT:Trafficante, Santo Sr. Category:1886 births Category:1954 deaths Category:Mobsters from the Province of Agrigento Category:American crime bosses Category:American gangsters of Sicilian descent Category:Deaths from cancer in Florida Category:Deaths from stomach cancer Category:People from Tampa, Florida Category:Trafficante crime family Category:Italian emigrants to the United States