The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested dozens of suspects in what authorities call a possible organized crime syndicate.
Police authorities arrested 41 suspected gang members believed to be involved in organized crime syndicate with a large network in the East Coast. Included in the massive arrest were members of different gangs who allegedly committed different crimes, CBS Local reported.
The New York federal prosecutors have charged the arrested syndicate members with different crimes that range from extortion to illegal gambling. The suspects were arrested in a joint operation by the FBI and New York Police Department on Wednesday morning.
Arrested suspects were gangs from Genovese, Gambino, Luchese, Bonanno and Philadelphia crime families, according to 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa. According to the report, the gangs joined forces to do business in their areas of control.
Some of the big names arrested include the boss of the Philadelphia’s crime family, Joseph “Skinny Joey” Melino. Another big fish in the syndicate world arrested on Thursday was Pasquale “Patsy” Parello of the Genovese crime family.
Diego Rodriguez, chief of the New York NBI said the groups operate a massive old-school style of crimes around New York and neighboring states. The groups are even linked to different hacking crimes including credit card skimming and loan sharking.
“Reads like an old school Mafia novel, where extortion, illegal gambling, arson and threats to ‘whack’ someone are carried out along with some modern-day crimes,” Rodriguez said.
Although the group has been charged with different crimes related to syndicate operation, no murder charges have been alleged in the indictment. But the report noted that in one instant, a victim was beaten outside its rival’s restaurant.