More surprising than the actual arrest of 100 or so alleged mobsters in the NYC-New England area by the FBI on Thursday, is that are even 100 or so alleged mobsters still around the NYC-New England area to be arrested.
At this point, one would assume that many of them have moved away or on to more legitimate industries and have shied away from the Goodfellas tactics of a bygone era that basically decimated their numbers in the first place.
Not so says the authorities as they rounded up members from the Bonnano, Columbo, Gambino, Genovese, and Luchese crime families. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. They used to have a “national presence,” but have instead consolidated around the “New York metropolitan area, New England, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit” areas according to a the FBI.
There were so many suspects, they had to be processed in a gymnasium and as you can tell by this handout photo (above), at least one guy lived up to the pasta-eating stereotype and required two set of cuffs to keep him relatively comfortable. Anyway, the FBI are positively giddy and released several press releases, posted photos, and even whipped up a neat little infographic just in case you were unsure of how the mafia is typically structured: