A mobster and narcotics smuggler eludes authorities.
Salvatore Michael Caruana is a suspected narcotics smuggler who allegedly has ties to organized crime. Since 1984, he has been the object of an intense manhunt by U.S. law enforcement officials. However, he hasn’t been seen for more than twenty years.
Caruana’s criminal history dates back to 1954, when he was charged with armed robbery. By the late seventies, he had moved into narcotics as part of an organized crime syndicate in New England.
Joseph Keefe was a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency:
Eventually, Caruana was caught. His smuggling operation collapsed with the arrest of several key associates. Their testimony led to an eleven-count Grand Jury indictment.
Caruana was charged with drug trafficking and faced the possibility of a life sentence. Bail was set at $500,000 which Caruana easily posted. He was released the same day.
Two days before his trial, Salvatore Michael Caruana disappeared. Special Agent Keefe has a theory why:
A federal task force looked deeper into Caruana’s operation. They discovered that smuggling marijuana was only a small part of his criminal life. In fact, Caruana was laundering enormous amounts of money and was actually a multi-millionaire.
When federal agents raided Caruana’s home they found several hidden vaults filled with weapons and financial papers. What they didn’t find was Caruana.
Evidence soon led authorities to a condo he owned in Connecticut. By the time the federal agents arrived, Caruana had disappeared.
Arthur Roderick Jr. was an Inspector for the U.S. Marshal’s Service:
Three months later, an informant led authorities to the motel in Groton, Connecticut. Inspector Roderick was one of the first to arrive on the scene:
Inside the motel room, Inspector Roderick found a sawed-off shotgun and a briefcase:
Caruana’s van had been abandoned at a Connecticut truck stop. When Marshals dusted for fingerprints, they found the van had been wiped clean. According to Inspector Roderick, there are doubts Caruana is still alive:
Salvatore Caruana has used the aliases John Michael Hurley, Vincent Spirito, and “Face.” He should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.