More Than 120 Arrested in Biggest NY Mob Bust Ever

FBI takes in members of Colombo, Gambino, 5 other families
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2011 8:47 AM CST
Updated Jan 20, 2011 11:34 AM CST
More Than 120 Arrested in Biggest NY Mob Bust Ever
In this frame grab taken from Associated Press Television News video, a suspect sits handcuffed Thursday in Brooklyn.   (AP Photo/APTN, Pool)

It's not a good day to be a mobster: The FBI has arrested nearly 130 in what it's calling the biggest mob bust in New York history. The raids, which began yesterday and continued into the early morning, reeled in "basically the whole administration of the Colombo family," a source tells the New York Post. The raids also hit the Gambino syndicate, as well five other mob families in New York City, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, notes the New York Times. Charges include extortion, racketeering, drug trafficking, and murder.

"Some of these men were involved in classic mob murders," says Attorney General Eric Holder. "Some were senseless murders," including one over a spilled drink in a Queens bar. The charges cover crimes going back decades and include alleged corruption on the waterfront—dockworkers forced to give kickbacks—and the construction industry. (More FBI stories.)

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