In one of the largest single-day operations against the Mafia in FBI

history, federal agents working with local law enforcement fanned out

across Italy, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island on Thursday to

arrest 127 people, officials said.

Alleged members from the five

prominent New York families — the Gambino, Colombo, Bonanno, Genovese

and Lucchese families — were arrested, receiving 16 indictments in four

judicial districts, Attorney General Eric Holder said during a news

conference in New York.

“Today’s arrests and charges mark an important step forward in disrupting La Cosa Nostra’s illegal activities,” he said.


members and their associates, including one in Italy, were charged with

federal crimes that include conspiracy, arson, extortion, narcotics

trafficking, illegal gambling, labor racketeering and murders that date

back as far as 1981, according to a U.S. Justice Department statement.

An additional 36 suspects were charged for their roles in the alleged criminal activity, the statement said.


110 people, including several high-ranking members, were already in

custody, Holder added, describing the raid as the largest single-day

operation against the notorious La Cosa Nostra crime family network.