Mafia bust sweeps Northeast

Mob suspect in handcuffs / The Associated Press

Nearly 130 people were arrested today in connection with an FBI mob sweep that is being called one of the largest in history. The New York Times reported that the sweep targeted seven mob families in New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island and involved coordinated arrests at dawn as law enforcement across the Northeast took into custody top mob leaders, lesser associates, and union officials. Among those arrested was famed 83 year-old Rhode Island mobster Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio, whose peculiar nickname (reportedly due to his notoriety as a ladies’ man) and reputation for shaking down strip clubs precedes him. Stay tuned for more coverage in The Herald’s City & State section.

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