The criminal law news coming from the Northeast part of the United States this morning sounded like it came from a Hollywood blockbuster. Around 800 federal agents and police officers conducted a crackdown on the major five New York family crime organizations this morning. The huge crackdown lead to over 120 mafia members arrested for charges that included murder, extortion and drug crimes. Today’s operation ranks as one of the largest mafia arrests in the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Arrests were also made up and down the Eastern seaboard and one arrest was made as far away as Italy. The mafia takedown came as a result of investigations that were based on former mafia members. The former mafia members spilled the beans on different mafia members’ acts and mafia secrets. Eric Holder, the United States Attorney General, said the series of arrests was important progress in combating the country’s fight against organized crime.
Among those arrested this morning was the former boss of organized crime in the Northeast and high ranking associates of the Colombo and Gambino crime families. Mafia members were arrested for alleged crimes that supposedly took place over 30 years ago. Some of the alleged offenses included classic mafia hits against rivals and one was for a double shooting that began in a bar over a spilled drink.
Authorities left no stone unturned before the crackdown. Last week a federal judge sentenced 93-year-old mafia member, John “Sonny” Frazese, to an eight year prison sentence for extorting a Long Island pizza joint and Manhattan strip clubs.
Source: The Associated Press, “More than 120 Busted in Northeast Mafia Crackdown,” 1/20/11