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Salvatore Caruana

Real Name: Salvatore Michael Caruana
Aliases: John Michael Hurley, Vincent Spirito, "Face"
Wanted For: Drug-Smuggling, Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering
Missing Since: May 1987


Details: Salvatore Caruana is a career criminal wanted for smuggling narcotics and connections to organized crime. He was first arrested in 1954 for armed robbery, but later moved to narcotics as a mob soldier in New England in the 1970s. In 1979, one distributor bought 4 million dollars from Caruana. He was the supervisor at the operations, arrive at the place where the marijuana was stored, weighed it exactly, and made sure everything was correct before the smuggling. After being arrested in November of 1983 for possession of $40 million of marijuana, along with smuggling and drug trafficking, Caruana faced a life sentence. However, he paid his own $500,000 bail and vanished on April 2, 1984, two days before his trial was set to begin. In 1985, a multi-state task force was established by the drug administration organization, and confirmed that smuggling was only a facade for a much larger operation of money laundering. On February 6, 1987, his home was raided in Peabody, Massachusetts, and inside they found several hidden passages with several weapons and were able to trace him to a condo in East Hampton, Connecticut, but when the FBI arrived, he again vanished. They learned he used several computer programs to contact his partners in the operation, along with his wife. Then, on May 23, 1987, in Groton, Connecticut, FBI and narcotics agency tracked him to a local motel, but he had vanished before they arrived, and they found that he was owning a number of automatic weapons. They first thought that he had just left minutes earlier, but they found spoiled food and newspapers that suggested that he was missing for several weeks. Based on the evidence, the FBI believed that Caruana might have been murdered by the mob, but the fact that there was no body suggested that he was still alive and that he had staged his disappearance and possible death. His van was missing, but was found near a truck stop one month later. Caruana is 6'0" tall, 180 pounds, has brown eyes and black hair, and should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Extra Notes: This segment originally ran on the November 8, 1989 episode, which also featured a roll-call of wanted individuals including Lavada Floyd, Richard Joseph Alvarado, William McGeehee, and Alvaro Zapata.
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