The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has intensified its scrutiny of the notorious Gambino mob crime family, leading to an extraordinary operation in upstate New York.
Two horse farms in Orange County are currently at the center of a major investigation as federal agents search for bodies potentially linked to the crime syndicate’s past activities.
Under the ongoing investigation, FBI agents were deployed to farms in Campbell Hall on Tuesday and Goshen on Wednesday. They used various tools, including shovels and diggers, to meticulously search these properties.
This operation comes in the wake of last week’s arrests of ten individuals associated with the Gambino organization on various racketeering charges. Among those named in the explosive 16-page indictment is Salvatore DiLorenzo.
The indictment alleges that the syndicate used violence and intimidation to dominate sectors like garbage hauling and demolition in New York.
Others charged include Vito Rappa, Francesco Vicari (nicknamed ‘Uncle Ciccio’), Vincent Minsquero (‘Vinny Slick’), Kyle Johnson (‘Twin’), and Angelo Gradilone (‘Fifi’). Joseph Lanni, allegedly the captain of the Gambino crime ring, also faces charges.
Gambino Family Faces Lengthy Sentences
The defendants now face sentences ranging from 20 to 180 years if convicted. The charges include violent extortion schemes, with incidents involving threats, arson, and physical assaults.
One notable case involved an individual attacked with a hammer in 2020, with Johnson reportedly texting Tantillo in approval of the assault.
The Gambino family, part of the infamous ‘Five Families,’ has long been associated with organized crime activities such as racketeering, gambling, and loansharking.
This latest investigation sheds light on the ongoing efforts to dismantle such organized crime networks.
James Smith, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI, emphasized the united front of law enforcement agencies in tackling organized crime.
NYPD Commissioner Edward A. Caban echoed this sentiment, vowing to dismantle these groups, asserting that arrests like these should serve as a stern warning to others involved in organized crime.
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