(PatriotWise.com) — According to a CBS News November 15 report, officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies dug up farmland in New York to look for the contraband and corpses buried by the mob. The media outlet reported that FBI agents and officers from the New York City Police Department used hand tools and diggers to rip up farmland in the suburbs of Campbell Hall and Goshen around Route 17 in Orange County, New York.
Speaking under the condition of anonymity, law enforcement agents told CBS News that the expansive research is directly connected to a criminal investigation into the Gambino crime family, which was one of the most powerful in the United States. The family’s illicit activities involved money laundering, prostitution, fraud, loansharking, gambling, labor, and construction racketeering and hijacking.
As reported by News 12, a tipster alerted the NYPD about possible buried corpses at the two locations. Officers told the media outlet that other agencies will participate in the operation as they believe money, drugs, and weapons may also be found.
The farms in upstate New York were owned by Giovanni Di Lorenzo, who had the same surname as one of the members of the Gambino family who were indicted for using violence to take over New York City’s garbage hauling and demolition businesses. The federal indictment lists the defendants as Francesco Vicari, Vito Rappa, Vicent Minsquero, James La Forte, Kyle Johnson, Angelo Gradilone, Salvatore Di Lorenzo, Robert Brooke, Diego Tantillo, and Joseph Lanni.
As reported by Fox News, most of the indictment is focused on the group’s attempts to extort money from a garbage hauling firm and a demolition company in New York, starting in 2017. The conservative network pointed out that authorities didn’t identify the names of these companies.
The charges against the members of the Gambino family include fraud, embezzlement, witness retaliation, extortion, and racketeering conspiracy. Fox News reported that each of these suspects will spend between 20 and 180 days behind bars if convicted.
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