127 face charges after Mafia raids


Luigi Manocchio, reputed leader of New England's Patriarca crime family, was among 100 suspected mobsters arrested in several states (AP)

More than 100 people are facing charges in one of the largest Mafia crackdowns in FBI history.

US Attorney General Eric Holder told a news conference in New York that the 127 defendants include high-ranking members of the Gambino and Colombo crime families and Luigi Manocchio, reputed leader of New England’s Patriarca crime family.

Mr Holder said the charges cover decades worth of offences, including hits to eliminate perceived rivals, a killing during a botched robbery and a double shooting over a spilled drink in a bar.

Authorities said the investigation was aided by informants who recorded thousands of conversations by suspected mobsters.

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