The FBI and police are searching for and excavating bodies believed to be linked to an ongoing investigation into the Gambino crime family in Goshen, New York, several law enforcement officials familiar with the matter confirmed to NBC News on Wednesday afternoon.
The search, 65 miles northwest of midtown Manhattan, appears to be related to the arrests last week of 10 people accused of breaking into New York City demolition and trash hauling companies.
the accusation The document, unsealed last week in federal court, alleged that the 10 people used violent tactics, including intimidation with the bat, to dominate the industries.
The group faces a 16-count indictment that includes allegations of racketeering conspiracy, extortion, retaliation against witnesses and union-related crimes. the US attorney’s office said in a statement.
The group included Joseph Lanni, also known as “Joe Brooklyn” or “Mommino,” an alleged Gambino captain, as well as several other members and associates of the crime family who are accused of setting each other up with jobs. no-shows that brought with them benefits such as salary and union benefits.
Four of those named in the lawsuit were accused of wielding baseball bats as an intimidation tactic to get into the business, prosecutors said.
Others also allegedly “coordinated a violent hammer assault on the dispatcher” of a demolition company that left the victim “bleeding and seriously injured,” according to the government.