Fed’s Hit Mafia HARD! Dozens of Arrest Made in 5 States!
In an early morning raid Federal authorities arrested more than 40 alleged Mafia members that stretch across five states. The charges are for racketeering, extortion, loan sharking, smuggling, arson, and gun trafficking.
The 46 defendants tie into five major Mafia families: the Genovese, Gambino, Luchese, and Bonanno families. Some accused mobsters belong to to the main Philadelphia family, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed in New York.
According to Business Insider:
Law enforcement agents swept up more than 40 defendants in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Florida, an FBI spokeswoman said.
In a second indictment unsealed in Massachusetts on Thursday, two of the defendants were accused of working for the Genovese family and charged in a separate extortion scheme, along with three other members of the family.
The New York defendants, with nicknames such as “Rooster,” “Tony the Cripple” and “Mustache Pat,” used violence, threats and the destruction of property to intimidate their neighborhoods, according to authorities.
In one instance, several defendants attacked an individual they believed was panhandling outside a restaurant owned by one of the mobsters, using glass jars and steel-tipped boots, prosecutors said. In another incident, some defendants set fire to a car parked outside a rival gambling club.
The various schemes extended from New York to Costa Rica, including running sports gambling rings, selling untaxed cigarettes and making fake credit cards, the indictment said.
Source H/T: Business Insider