During the Prohibition era, the Detroit River was the most important commercial waterway for the illegal importation of intoxicants from Canada into Detroit, Michigan. The lineage of Detroit's Italian organized crime faction dates back to 1921, when Gaspar Milazzo founded his own gang.
Gianolla seized control of the Partnership in 1930, after stabbing Milazzo in a Detroit fish market. Gianolla led the crime family until 1944, when he was succeeded by Joe Vitale.
- "Gasper Sciblia" Milazzo
- Vito William "Black Bill" Tocco
- Giuseppe "Joey Z" Zerilli
- Anthony Joseph "Tony Z" Zerilli
- Giacamo William "Jack" Tocco
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