This is the new face of the Irish mob?

NY PostThe Westies are back — with a twist. Manhattan’s former “Irish Mafia’’ gang — long infamous for running loan-sharking and extortion rackets out of the tenements of Hell’s Kitchen through the early 1990s — has suddenly resurfaced with a highly sophisticated scheme using a fleet of superfast private jets to smuggle high-grade marijuana from California to cities across the country, authorities said. “It’s rare to run into an organization that’s wealthy enough and sophisticated enough to pull it off” — but they’re doing it, one law-enforcement source said. At the helm of the gang’s Manhattan operation is John Bokun, whose uncles, Billy and namesake John, were Westies before the neighborhood became gentrified by pricey co-ops and wine bars, authorities said. The younger Bokun lives in what is now known as the West Side’s Clinton neighborhood and is accused of teaming up with a California drug organization to use his Dassault Falcon executive jet to distribute top-grade hydroponic marijuana across the country, records show. ICE agents were waiting for him as he stepped off his private jet after it landed in Farmingdale, LI, and they watched as the plane was unloaded, Assistant US Attorney Christopher Ott recently told a federal judge. Authorities seized $500,000 worth of marijuana.

If you think I’m gonna come on the internet and bash the Westies, you’ve got another thing comin. I’ve seen the Departed. I watched the Black Donnellys. I know how the Irish Mob rolls. I’ll have a couple broken knees in no time.

But if you’re gonna make some grand resurgence in the mafia game and start the Westies up again, maybe set you sights a little higher than selling weed? I mean don’t get me wrong, shuttling 500 grand worth of reefer cross country in private jets is no small endeavor. But you’re the Irish mafia! Leave the weed to the Puerto Ricans on the corner. Do something cooler than that. Scorcese ain’t writing any movies about a bunch of micks selling weed.

PS – Black Donnellys was one of the best shows to ever get canceled. Olivia Wilde will always be Jenny Reilly to me.