New York’s Biggest Mafia Bust: FBI Arrests More Than 100 Gotham Mobsters Thursday

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In a scene almost straight out of the movie Goodfellas, the FBI has initiated what they’ve called “the biggest mafia round-up in New York history” Thursday morning. (via NBC New York)

Raids began early this morning across the New York tri-state region. When all is said and done, more than 100 mobsters have been arrested – surpassing the 2008 arrests that targeted the Gambino crime family and nabbed around 80.

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the 127 defendants face charges for decades of offenses, including a “classic mob hits to eliminate perceived rivals,” murder during a robbery-gone-wrong and a double shooting in a bar fight.

Thursday’s arrests also involved the cooperation of numerous state and federal law enforcement officials — including the NYPD, the State Police and the US Marshals.

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This latest round of law enforcement action reportedly targeted associates of all five New York mafia families (Gambino, Genovese, Lucchese,  Bonanno and Colombo), along with New Jersey’s DeCavalcante family.

The FBI says organized crime is still active in New York’s construction industry, via schemes that involve labor union corruption, loansharking and gambling.

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