"The FBI arrested over 100 alleged mafia members in and around New York on Thursday in the biggest ever crackdown on the infamous Cosa Nostra network of organised crime."
"A few blogs are also reporting that coordinated arrests are being made in Sicily, Italy due to ties with the NY Gambino family.
Jen Doll of Caffine Nation reports: The arrests includes people from all five New York mafia families (that's the Gambinos, Genoveses, Luccheses, Bonannos, and Colombos), plus the New Jersey DeCavalcante family."
"The arrests came at a time when several federal, state and local law enforcement officials have expressed some concern about a possible resurgence of the influence of organized crime in some quarters after two decades of decline."
"The indictment said that the Mafia and its members and associates used intimidation and implied threats to induce owners and operators of adult bookstores and strip clubs in Providence to provide "protection" payments.
Thomas Iafrate, an alleged mob associate, was also charged in the case. He allegedly set aside, collected, and delivered the protection payments to Manocchio on behalf of the Satin Doll, Cadillac Lounge, and other adult entertainment businesses."