The scale of the arrests may come as a surprise to many people. But law-enforcement officials as well as organized crime experts say it shows that organized crime continues to be a blight on society. And even though former law enforcement officials, such as Rudolph Giuliani, former attorney general for the southern district of New York, made inroads in the crime families, the families remain active.
“The mob has shown itself to be resilient and persistent,” said Janice Fedarcyk, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York division. “Arresting and convicting the hierarchy of the five families several times over has not eradicated the problem.”
The scope of the mob’s continuing crime activities, as detailed in a two-inch-thick stack of legal documents, included murder, loan-sharking, arson, narcotics trafficking, extortion, robbery, illegal gambling, and labor racketeering.
According to the indictments, the Colombo Family has long had control of the Cement and Concrete Workers Union Local 6A.
“The La Cosa Nostra is entrenched in certain industries, especially time-sensitive industries where they can control the timing and flow of goods and the labor force has an ability to impose extortionate demands,” says Randy Mastro, a former US Attorney who prosecuted organized crime figures in the 1980s.
The indictments also indicate the Mafia is continuing to operate on the piers. According to the indictments, the Genovese Family extorted members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) to force the men to give a portion of their annual Christmas royalty payments to the mob as a sort of tax.