The Justice Department has announced an organized crime crackdown in Genovese and Bonanno, including the arrest of detectives from the Nassau County Police Department.
“Two indictments have been opened charging nine defendants with racketeering, illegal gambling, money laundering conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and related crimes,” DOJ said.
Eight defendants were arrested this morning. Seven people were due to be arraigned this afternoon.
“Today’s arrest of members of two La Cosa Nostra crime families shows that the Mafia continues to infect our community with illegal gambling, extortion and violence,” the note said.
Peace said the defendants tried to use coffee bars, soccer clubs and shoe repair shops as cover for their criminal activities.
According to the indictment, Nassau detective Hector Rosario “received money from the Bonanno family in exchange for arranging a police raid on a competing gambling establishment.” He was charged with obstructing a grand jury investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and lying to the FBI.
Rosario was released on $500,000 bail.
Since 2012, the Genovese and Bonanno families “jointly operated a lucrative illegal gambling business in Lynbrook called the Gran Café,” according to court documents. family leader.
Four of the six illegal gambling operations listed in court documents are on Long Island. His other two were in Queens.
- Grand Cafe, 31 Hempstead Avenue, Lynnbrook
- Soccer Club, 129 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream
- Sal’s Shoe Repair, 41 Merrick Ave., Merrick
- Centro Calcio Italiano Club, 1007 Little East Neck Road, West Babylon
Defendants also include a Queens and Long Island resident and a Florida man.
Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder issued a statement regarding today’s arrest.
“The Nassau County Police Department continues to assist the FBI during this ongoing investigation, and Detective Hector Rosario is working on a restricted mission without interaction with the public. He has been suspended without pay pending an administrative hearing.The Nassau County Police Department continues its zero-tolerance approach to police department members involved in criminal activity.”