“Largest” Single Day FBI Mob Arrests Net Over 100
The Federal Bureau Investigation arrested more than 100 suspected mob members on Thursday in what was easily the largest operation against organized crime in recent history.
The arrests were carried out in New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, with the FBI and local authorities combining forces to sweep on seven mob families believed to be operating in the areas, the New York Times said. According to sources with knowledge of the operations, the Colombo crime family was the most affected by the arrests as its entire leadership was taken into custody. Aside from high-ranking crime bosses, associates and operators were also among close to 130 people arrested.
The operations, which began at dawn, were carried on the strength of 16 unrelated indictments on charges that ranged from murder to racketeering to extortion to drug trafficking. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the arrests will have a significant impact on the operations of organized crime in the area. “Today’s arrests and charges mark an important step forward in disrupting La Cosa Nostra’s illegal activities,” Holder said according to the Wall Street Journal.