Video: FBI busts 127 alleged Mafia members

posted at 3:35 pm on January 20, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Hey, youse guys know how the Mob has a lock on New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island? Fuhgeddaboudit. In a historic roundup, the FBI has arrested 127 alleged Mafia members and associates operating in the three states — and one of whom was arrested in Italy. Charges include murder, labor racketeering, narcotics, extortion, arson, and illegal gambling .. or, put another way, approximately seasons 2 through 5 of The Sopranos:

Ninety-one members and their associates, including one in Italy, were charged with federal crimes that include conspiracy, arson, extortion, narcotics trafficking, illegal gambling, labor racketeering and murders that date back as far as 1981, according to a U.S. Justice department statement.

An additional 36 suspects were charged for their roles in the alleged criminal activity, the statement said.

About 110 people, including several high-ranking family members, were already in custody, Holder added, describing the raid as the largest single-day operation against the notorious La Cosa Nostra crime network.

Members of the New England LCN family and New Jersey-based Decavalcante family also are accused of related federal crimes, the statement said.

Ironically, The Sopranos was based in part on the DeCavalcante family in New Jersey.  The DeCavalcante organization was presumed to be washed up after a hitman turned informant a few years back and its leaders began cutting deals to save their own skins.  According to the FBI in the video, their organizational death and that of the American Mafia turned out to be at least somewhat exaggerated.

After a bust of this size, though, that may not be true for long.  Andy McCarthy offers a succinct analysis only half in jest:

Not fuh nuttin’, but I dink deez guys gotta big friggin’ problem.

Madonn’! Andy is almost certainly correct.  The prosecution of these cases will be very interesting indeed — as will be the watch on how many of these wiseguys turn informant when looking at life sentences and RICO prosecutions.


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Ya, neva take me alive coppas!

EnochCain on January 20, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Sanitation unions hardest hit.

JohnTant on January 20, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Palin still on the loose.

fogw on January 20, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Say ha-lo to my wittle fwind!

upinak on January 20, 2011 at 3:39 PM

The mafia? Are they still around?

9/11 really knocked them out of the spotlight.

The judge outght give them an offer they can’t refuse … find bin laden and whack him, all charges will be dropped.

Tony737 on January 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

It looks like Carmela is going to be dipping into the Bird seed money out by the pool.

portlandon on January 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Italian restaurants, Cadillac dealers hardest hit.

Ward Cleaver on January 20, 2011 at 3:42 PM

How many of them work for SEIU?

Pattosensei on January 20, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Italian restaurants, Cadillac dealers hardest hit.

Ward Cleaver on January 20, 2011 at 3:42 PM

I’m half Italian and that’s hilarious.

Have they taken any cast memeber from the Jersey Shore?

Oil Can on January 20, 2011 at 3:44 PM

FBI busts 127 alleged Mafia members

If they keep this up there will be no one left to govern in New Jersey

Wine_N_Dine on January 20, 2011 at 3:45 PM

The Russian Mafia is much more of a threat than the Italian Mafia. The italian mafia has gotten to soft over decades of living on the high life.

The Russian Mafia is fairly new here. It is what the Italian mafia used to be 75 years ago.

portlandon on January 20, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Serious Comment: GOOD!

Not Serious Comment: I’m sure Holder will be coming after the Bloods and the Crips next.

Patrick S on January 20, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Next stop…Chicago!

Inanemergencydial on January 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Other articles I’ve read on this said that the bust included union leaders. I wonder if that little fact will be suppressed by some media outlets. Does Holder know that some union goons were included? How will this affect fundraising for Bammie-2012? Know what I’m sayin’?

slickwillie2001 on January 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

dailymail has a chart of those arrested-most are just associates and only 2 were from the DeCavalcante. These indictments also come from seperate investigations but were swept up all at once-Holder is trying to make this bust look a lot bigger than it really is.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1348951/100-suspected-mobsters-arrested-biggest-crackdown-New-York-mafia.html

irish_infidel on January 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

As long as they leave the Chicago Outfit alone. I don’t need to do any more time.

MadisonConservative on January 20, 2011 at 3:48 PM

how many of these wiseguys turn informant when looking at life sentences and RICO prosecutions.

For a second there I had my hopes up, but then I realized it didn’t really say RINO.

pedestrian on January 20, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Here on Staten Island, all this means is now the governor has been removed from the Russian mobs’ engine, and there’s no other car on the road anymore to block their way….

TC@LeatherPenguin on January 20, 2011 at 3:49 PM

127 arrested? The girls will really have to scrounge for tips at Bada Bing.

dedalus on January 20, 2011 at 3:49 PM

MOMITTEOR?!

Shy Guy on January 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Dis issah a racisit, dago an busta a bunch of Italians, watasamattah wit dis I meanah youse guys gotta know whena dey singa a lota politicians issa gonna be lookin’ for a placa to hide.
Marone!!
La comportano non piace latini.
Quando le Canarie canta il pesce grande sarà rfi.
Guido sta per essere molto impegnativa.

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Did Holder racially profile these alleged criminals? Look like they all have Italian surnames…

PS: Why did Holder’s hair look golden during the press conference?

spudmom on January 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM

The Russian Mafia is fairly new here. It is what the Italian mafia used to be 75 years ago.

portlandon on January 20, 2011 at 3:46 PM

And a heck of a lot more scarier!

upinak on January 20, 2011 at 3:56 PM

find bin laden and whack him, all charges will be dropped.

Tony737 on January 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

They ain’t found Jimmy Hoffa, how are they going to find bin laden?

fourdeucer on January 20, 2011 at 3:57 PM

According to the FBI in the video, their organizational death and that of the American Mafia turned out to be at least somewhat exaggerated.

Nature abhors a vacuum.

GarandFan on January 20, 2011 at 3:59 PM

And a musical selection from Rosemary Clooney to set the mood….

Mambo Italiano

portlandon on January 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM

This must have been the mafia Don who COMPETED against the SEIU

American Elephant on January 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM

PS: Why did Holder’s hair look golden during the press conference?

spudmom on January 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Probably stole Barry’s halo.

katy the mean old lady on January 20, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Tea Partiers?

faraway on January 20, 2011 at 4:02 PM

And not a Banksta among them.

Organized Crime – Government v. Private Sector

Rae on January 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM

The mob is like a PEZ dispenser. When you remove the items at the top, lower ones just pop up to take their place. The FBI can make such a raid every 10 years and never actually shut down the mob, they will just do something that makes it look like they are doing something every 10 years without actually killing the beast that lays their golden eggs of funding.

Maybe a roundup of 1000 rank and file mobsters would be more effective.

crosspatch on January 20, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Gas is heading to $5, food prices are causing riots in Africa, unemployment is at 10%. Great diversion for the unwashed masses. CNN will spend 3 weeks on this waiting until the next “crisis” comes up.

angryed on January 20, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Great! Now who’s going to pick up my trash?

milwife88 on January 20, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Madonn’!

Spoke like a true goomba!

Bein’ Brooklyn born and raised and right around the Nexis of MobDom neighborhoods, I can tell you they will never go away…………

Gabagoooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Opposite Day on January 20, 2011 at 4:06 PM

elected dems just reducing the competition.

rob verdi on January 20, 2011 at 4:06 PM

PS: Why did Holder’s hair look golden during the press conference?

spudmom on January 20, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Probably stole Barry’s halo.

katy the mean old lady on January 20, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Also looks golden in the Dailymail link above. It looks to me like someone tried to Photoshop Holder and messed up the hair, and his whole face is way too yellow.

Also notice in the Dailymail pictures that one of the arrested is so fat they had to use two pairs of handcuffs on him.

slickwillie2001 on January 20, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Problem is, when the Mob was in control – Irish or Italian – there were no random shootings in the streets with kids and innocents getting caught in the crossfire. There was no heroin going around like beer. Our houses weren’t being robbed. Now, it’s open hang warfare, heroin is rampant and places like I grew up have turned into a 3rd world hell holes.

TheBigOldDog on January 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM

“Leave the gun… take the cannoli.”

Best gangster line evah.

Akzed on January 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Opposite Day on January 20, 2011 at 4:06 PM

And brashzooot.

Akzed on January 20, 2011 at 4:21 PM

hide the mattresses!

wildweasel on January 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

“Leave the gun… take the cannoli.”

Best gangster line evah. – Akzed

No no no, best gangster line is …

(drum roll)

“You think I’m funny? Funny how, like a clown? Am I here to AMUUUUUSSSSE you?”

Tony737 on January 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

When these guys sing ain’t gonna nobody be safe in Albany.
Now if the feds do Chicago,Miami,and LA it might be for real. Bet the Feds even take on MS13, they can get Sheriff dipstick to help.
Oh yeah the New Panthers might be good for an opener,hear that Philly and Camden are the East coasts version of Dodge City.
Ain’t gonna happen,nice dream.

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 20, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Tony737 on January 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Ok, I gotta give you that one.

Akzed on January 20, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Someones) important rolled. Congress is going to have to inject additional funds into the Witness Protection Program since it’s going to get very busy in the next few years.

E9RET on January 20, 2011 at 4:43 PM

So whenna de gonna busta Vegas?
Hairy the Reid know about this?

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 20, 2011 at 4:47 PM

These guys make bail there is going to be a run on Sackrete.

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 20, 2011 at 4:49 PM

velour tracksuit wholesalers hardest hit

Ditkaca on January 20, 2011 at 4:50 PM

“Leave the gun… take the cannoli.”

Best gangster line evah. – Akzed

No no no, best gangster line is …

(drum roll)

… “You think I’m funny? Funny how, like a clown? Am I here to AMUUUUUSSSSE you?”

No Cagney?

“Made it Mah! Top of the world!”

Mike Honcho on January 20, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Next stop…Chicago!

Inanemergencydial on January 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Heh, one would think… but here in Chicago the line between mafia and government is very blurred indeed.

ReformedAndDangerous on January 20, 2011 at 4:52 PM

I pray for the day someone decides to take on the much more dangerous Mexican Mafia here in California.

FireBlogger on January 20, 2011 at 4:53 PM

here in Chicago the line between mafia and government is very blurred indeed.

Maybe this was just Obama taking out the Chicago mob’s competition in many areas. In that case, the line gets even blurrier of our federal government is now doing the Chicago mob’s bidding.

crosspatch on January 20, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Và a farti fottere!

Nice work, General Holder!

After you shut down those filthy Italians, will you be going after the Nation Of Islam next? I mean, they are an organized criminal enterprise as well.

What’s with the stink eye, General Holder?

David2.0 on January 20, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Oh yeah the New Panthers might be good for an opener,hear that Philly and Camden are the East coasts version of Dodge City.
Ain’t gonna happen,nice dream.

Col.John Wm. Reed on January 20, 2011 at 4:36 PM

You forgot Chester Pa. half the population of camden nj. but, twice the murders

phillyrepub on January 20, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Many of the charges are expected to relate the Mafia families’ multi-million dollar incomes from union corruption, loansharking and gambling.

Hope the press follows up on this (emphasis added).

beancounter on January 20, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I assume they forgot to make their 2012 Obama Campaign donations on time?

profitsbeard on January 20, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Not for nothin, and just to stir up a little stink:

In the “Death of…greatly exaggerated” category, proponents of the fantasy that “Pot legalization will inevitably result in the evaporation of the drug cartels” might take note of the fact that alcohol was legalized almost 80 years ago, yet somehow the Mafia discovered diversification and are still with us.

Just sayin.

warbaby on January 20, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Tony737 on January 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

I was thinking we should make them guards at GTMO, and look the other way–they may be crooks, but they are loyal American crooks. :)

DrMagnolias on January 20, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Organized Crime??? They’re looking too far north. Try DC…

phreshone on January 20, 2011 at 6:39 PM

When I heard that they had arrested 127 oganized crime guys, my first thought was how will Congress run less 127 members?

RJL on January 20, 2011 at 7:22 PM

It’s one way Holder can look like a crime fighter without going after traditional minorities.

rivlax on January 20, 2011 at 8:10 PM

I would rather they spend their time and resources on rounding up the criminals in the government, but, of course, Holder is not going to arrest himself….

theaddora on January 20, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Và a farti fottere!

Nice work, General Holder!

After you shut down those filthy Italians, will you be going after the Nation Of Islam next? I mean, they are an organized criminal enterprise as well.

What’s with the stink eye, General Holder?

David2.0 on January 20, 2011 at 4:59 PM

He’ll get right on it, after investigating the New Black Panther Party as a hate group and finishes his stings of the Latin Kings and MS-13…/

As to greatest mobster line of all time, you’re all waaaay off.

“First, chu get the money, den chu get the power, den chu get the women.”

It’s the best because it’s true.

SuperCool on January 20, 2011 at 8:58 PM

I loved the nicknames: Tony Bagels, Frank “Meatball” Bellantoni, Christopher “Burger” Reynolds, Michael “Jello”

One indictment has “Nooch,” “Pooch” and “Gooch”

flataffect on January 20, 2011 at 9:18 PM

As an Italian-American (on both sides, mother born in Bari), I fully applaud this action. Now, I feel stupid having to say that, but sometimes it is imporatnt for decent members of a community to condemn their own.

The problem with some communities in the US is that they glamorize their worst elements.

My next great hope is that the Sopranos and Jersey Shore find their ratings in the toilet.

mankai on January 20, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Rescuing Your Own Culture
Hating Parts of Your Own Culture Can Sometimes Be a Good Thing

http://community.myfoxnepa.com/blogs/bleechers/2008/03/31/Rescuing_Your_Own_Culture

mankai on January 20, 2011 at 10:46 PM

This is a stunt by a desperate Holder in a vain attempt to plug the holes in rapidly sinking USS Obama.

csdeven on January 20, 2011 at 10:58 PM

The nation mat think these 127 hoods are tough but, compared to infiltrating Mexican and Guatemalan gangsters (excuse me, “undocumented workers”)these pretenders are more like Tinker Bell. What total propaganda BS and why won’t we tackle real problems?

MaiDee on January 21, 2011 at 12:54 AM

It’s the end of Organized Crime.

Again.

Umm Hmmmm.

hillbillyjim on January 21, 2011 at 2:24 AM

Stronzo.

hillbillyjim on January 21, 2011 at 2:28 AM

I got to question the timing.

DDT on January 21, 2011 at 7:01 AM