— More than 100 suspected members and associates of six mafia families have been arrested in what the FBI described as the biggest organized crime round-up in New York history.
Significant leaders of the Gambino, Genovese, Lucchese, Bonanno and Colombo families and also the DeCavalcante of New Jersey were among those being arrested, NBC New York reported.
The charges ranged from murder to extortion and illegal gambling, officials told NBC News.
Hundreds of FBI officials, NYPD officers, state police and U.S. marshals were involved in the operation, which took place across the tri-state area.
NBC News reported further details of the charges were expected to be announced later Thursday in Brooklyn.
In 2008, more than 80 suspected members of organized crime gangs were charged.
Among those targeted in that raid were John "Jackie the Nose" D'Amico and other reputed leaders of the Gambino crime family. Italian authorities conducted simultaneous raids on mafia groups there.
However, these latest raids surpassed that in terms of numbers of people arrested.
Organized crime is still active in New York's construction industry, according to the FBI. There is also said to be mafia involvement in labor union corruption, loan-sharking and gambling.