Dozens Rounded Up For New York, New Jersey Extortion Probe

Category: Society / Jan 16, 2013 4:12PM EDT
Dozens of organized crime figures from the New York area were arrested Wednesday (January 16) following an investigation of extortion of local garbage haulers. Authorities said many of those arrested are suspected members or associates of the Gambino, Genovese and Luchese organized crime families, three of the five largest Mafia factions in the New York area, according to a federal indictment. According to the FBI, thirty suspects in New York and New Jersey were taken into custody. Twelve of the suspects, including Carmine "Papa Smurf" Franco, who authorities say is a reputed Genovese family associate, are charged with racketeering and conspiracy charges. Franco is accused of extortion, loan sharking and other crimes. Franco and two of his sons were banned in 1998 by state regulators from operating waste management companies in New Jersey following fraud and corruption convictions.