Tony "The Bull" Blanco
The Montano Family was started by Mauro Montano in 1925 making their first money smuggling opium and robbing banks. Today their main source of income comes from the weapons trade. In 1967 The Commission, led by Salvatore “Big Sal” Masserano, formed a syndicate where control over the weapons trade is shared among the Montano and Garrone families. This in exchange for the monopoly on gambling by the Gamboni family. The Montano family is under pressure from the Commission for continued alleged narcotics trade. Rumor has it they are well connected to the Colombian Medellin cartel, controlling most of the cocaine trade on the East Coast. They own 3 Nightclubs, several exclusive car imports companies, 6 garages and 4 car dealers. Although not afraid to make their hands dirty, they often employ members of the Bloods as well as latino street gangs. The Montano family have a tight grip on the streets as they take care of many families of which members are in prison.
Tony “The Bull” Blanco became head of the Montano family after his uncle and mentor Massimo Montano died in 1983 in an unfortunate accident visiting a construction site of a high rise condominium building in Queens. As Massimo has five daughters but no son, he raised his brother’s only son as his own. Antonio’s real parents died in a car accident when he was aged five. Blaming his father for their death, Antonio changed his last name to Blanco to honour his late Colombian mother.