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January 21st, 2011
08:12 AM ET

Eliot Spitzer: 'This is your grandfather's mob'

New York (CNN) - In one of the largest single-day operations against the Mafia in FBI history, federal agents working with local law enforcement fanned out across Italy, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island to arrest 127 people allegedly involved in organized crime, officials said.

Alleged members from the five prominent New York families - the Gambino, Colombo, Bonanno, Genovese and Lucchese families - were arrested Thursday, based on 16 indictments in four different jurisdictions, Attorney General Eric Holder said during a news conference in New York.

"Today's arrests and charges mark an important step forward in disrupting La Cosa Nostra's illegal activities," he said, referring to the criminal organization by its Italian name.

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.

Eliot Spitzer is a former prosecutor and the co-host of CNN's "Parker Spitzer." He talks about the arrests with Kiran Chetry and T.J. Holmes on American Morning.

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  1. libraega

    OK let's discuss what's really going on here. First this is a sham a show trial a distraction from the grotesque abuses that legal professionals are wreaking on the rest of society and that will if not checked lead to our disintegration. What it is is this.... The mob guys are generating gigantic coin from internet gambling. When last I checked the legal side was saying it was a 2 billion dollar a year business. Now unfortunately they lie constantly to the point that its become impossible to take anything side by a legal professional at face value. Indeed in a drug case the street value of the drugs is routinely inflated exponentially to a power of ten. I'm not making this up this is exactly what happens. They inflate the amount of the money, drugs whatever to justify the fact that they are bleeding the rest of society dry and to fearmonger support for their betrayal of the american public, violation of our laws, and disrespect for the constitution. So if they say its 2 billion its probably more like 3/4 maybe 1 billion. Ok so what you say that's still a huge amounty of coin.

    January 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  2. kush

    only in da us

    January 21, 2011 at 9:12 am |