Fifteen Alleged Jersey Mobsters Plead Not Guilty

"Fifteen New Jersey defendants pleaded not guilty today to racketeering conspiracy and other charges in federal court in Newark," according to an article by Jason Grant/The Star-Ledger staff on NJ.com.

The defendants were arrested in January as part of a massive federal roundup of more than 120 suspects in three states in what authorities touted as the largest federal mob roundup in history.

The early morning raids took place from Brooklyn across to New Jersey and included more than 120 alleged members and associates of seven families: the Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Lucchese families, along with the New Jersey-based Decavalcantes and New England’s Patriarca crime family.

"Most of the New Jersey defendants were linked to the waterfront. The defendants include current or former union officials on the docks with alleged ties to organized crime figures," the article said.

"In a 53-count indictment, the New Jersey defendants were variously charged with racketeering conspiracy, bookmaking, extortionate collection of credit and illegal gambling. Some of the defendants were charged with collecting "Christmas tribute" money from dockworkers after they received annual year-end bonuses. Prosecutors described the tribute money as mob kickbacks."
Based on  the number of defendants and the complexity of the case, U.S. District Judge Cavanaugh won't be setting a trial date for at least six months.

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  1. they need to get anthony stropoli next

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