Gambino Ring Shuttered

Nearly 40 people were arrested last week on charges stemming from loan sharking and gambling activities controlled by the Gambino crime family, reports the North Country Gazette.

A series of early morning raids conducted by Attorney General Schneiderman’s Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF) and the New York City Police Department’s Organized Crime Investigations Division capped a long-term investigation dubbed “Operation Flat Rate.”

Based on the evidence obtained in this investigation, the Attorney General’s office secured five separate indictments from a Kings County grand jury, charging a total of 37 individuals on felony and misdemeanor charges.

"The investigation used a number of resources including wiretaps, video and audio surveillance, GPS tracking, and bugs inside key locations to gather evidence. Surveillance was also conducted throughout the streets of Brooklyn, Staten Island,Manhattan, and New Jersey, where different aspects of the criminal activity unfolded. Some defendants would conduct business on street corners in an effort to avoid detection by law enforcement," the article says.

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