Former cop among more than 100 arrested by FBI in mob crackdown

NEW YORK (MCT) — In a major sweep against organized crime figures Thursday, the FBI arrested more than 100 accused mobsters and conspirators on Long Island and in New York, New Jersey and New England, including a former police officer, officials said in court documents.

Former Suffolk County, N.Y., police Emergency Services Unit officer Robert Dito was assigned to investigate illegal gambling — but instead allegedly conspired to protect a gambling operation at a Long Island club by tipping off owners to police raids, authorities said.

Dito, who also was supposed to investigate Gambino and Colombo crime family soldiers and associates, was charged with obstructing a state investigation.

Know more on today’s top story:
  • More than 800 FBI agents and police made the largest arrest of mafia members in U.S. history eQMdn5 eQMdn5 (via the Guardian)
  • Watch a broadcast of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder discuss the arrests in the Northeast (via ITN News)
  • Arrested mobsters are being charged with crimes including murder, money racketeering and trafficking (via Bloomberg News)
  • Several men were charged for five murders, including a murder that started with a brawl over a spilled drink in a bar (via New Jersey News Room)

Some of those arrested were indicted on charges of involvement in illegal gambling at clubs in Westbury and Bohemia, N.Y., while others were charged with extortion involving club owners.

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