The FBI and the New York Police Department took down “Papa Smurf,” “Uncle Sonny,” “Joe Cali,” and several other mobsters related to three major crime families.
Authorities made over 30 arrests in an operation known to the government as “The Waste Disposal Enterprise.”
Police said the mobsters masked their schemes through their waste disposal business throughout five suburban areas across New York and New Jersey.
“The indictments show the ongoing threat posed by mob families and their criminal associates. In addition to the violence that often accompanies their schemes, the economic impact amounts to a mob tax on goods and services. The arrests – the culmination of a long and thorough investigation – also show the ongoing determination of the FBI to diminishing the influence of La Cosa Nostra,” said George C. Venizelos, the FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge.
“Organized crime still wraps its tentacles around industries it has fed off for decades,” said Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. “But law enforcement continues to pry loose its grip. Here, as described in the indictments, organized crime insinuated itself into the waste disposal industry throughout a vast swath of counties in New York and New Jersey, and the tactics they used to exert and maintain their control come right out of the Mafia playbook — extortion, intimidation, and threats of violence.”
Some of the mobsters arrested avoided connection to the waste disposal business because they were either not licensed or banned from the industry. However, several others were identified as “controlled owners” of waste disposal companies.