FBI agents made a sweeping round of early morning busts in at least four East Coast states, taking into custody more than 40 alleged mob members who will face a variety of federal charges.
By 10 a.m. on Thursday morning, authorities in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Florida had taken into custody some 41 people, out of 46 charged, who were accused of loansharking, casino-style and sports gambling, credit card and health care fraud, firearms trafficking, arson, extortion and assault,CBS2 reported.
Many of those rounded up were associated with four of the five New York mob families, including the Genovese, Gambino, Luchese and Bonanno organizations, CBS2 added. Together, they are accused of forming an organized crime group known as the East Coast Enterprise.
Scheduled to appear in court in New York on Thursday afternoon, those arrested will formally face charges of gambling, racketeering and extortion, theNew York Postadded.
Also on Thursday, the grandson of convicted mob boss John Gotti was arrested at his Howard Beach, Queens, residence when authorities uncovered 500 oxycodone pills and $50,000 cash while executing a search warrant, ABC7 reported. There has been no indication that the warrant was executed in conjunction with the larger East Coast bust.