FBI targets Mob in global drag net
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.