Pennsylvania/New Jersey

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Four
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4
In the city of Philadelphia and in the South New Jersey area, Radiant Merchandising, Inc. of Philadelphia controls the majority of the pornographic enterprises. It is the principal busi-ness operation of Bruno Gortese and Anthony Trombetta. The company has been identified as being associated with the LCN Gambino. Its pornographic material is imported from Los Angeles and New York City producers.

John Krasner, operator of PHK Corporation in Allentown Pennsylvania, controls the majority of the pornographic business in the Middle District of Pennsylvania (MDPA), southern New York State and New Jersey. He is associated with Russell Bufalino boss of the upper Pennsylvania area. There is also unsubstantiated informant information to the effect that Krasner is an associate of Joseph Falcone, LCN Buffalo in Utica, who attended) the Appalachian meeting. Krasner owns pornography shops in various New Jersey counties and in Virginia and Colorado. He purchases many of the supplies for these retail outlets from Crown News of Camden, New Jersey, which is a large supplier of pornography, particularly in the South Jersey area. Crown News, owned by Reuben Sturman, is allegedly influenced by the LCN Bruno. It obtains most of its supplies from Sovereign News Company in Cleveland and Crown Industries and Supply Company of Detroit (its parent company). Krasner's general mode of operation is to open a bookstore and utilize a corporation with a fictitious name for the operation of that particular bookstore. His center of operation is Disco Leasing, Incorporated, North 8th Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania, which is a five-story warehouse used by Krasner as the major distribution point for fulfilling orders for his various adult bookstores. Krasner is presently awaiting trial in Arlington County, Virginia for possession of obscene items with intent to distribute in connection with his bookstore there.

Allen Charles Morrow, operating Classic Distributors, has been involved in a running feud with John Krasner for five years about business locations. He also operates in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Southern New York State and New Jersey.

In the Pittsburgh area, the primary distributor of pornographic materials is Majestic News Company, a subsidiary of Sovereign News Company of Cleveland. Majestic News is controlled by Gregory Harry Kocan. It owns and operates ten retail distributors in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Eastern Ohio and also a commercial pornographic theater in downtown Pittsburgh. It also supplies numerous other independent distri butors in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Eastern Ohio. Films that Majestic News receives are ordered through Sovereign News.