NEW YORK (Reuters) – Authorities arrested 110 organized crime suspects in the northeastern United States and one in Italy on Thursday in what the FBI called the largest single-day operation against the Mafia in history.

The roundup, conducted with the helped of former mobsters turned informants, demonstrates not only that the Mafia remains a threat despite decades of crackdowns that have sent its hierarchies to prison, but also that its famed "omerta" code of silence is now largely a myth, officials said. Full Story HERE

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents arrest more than 100 organized crime suspects in New York, in this still image taken from WNBC-TV video footage from early January 20, 2011. REUTERS/WNBC-TV

More than 500 members of the FBI, New York Police Department (NYPD) officers, State Police, U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement agencies worked to carry out the raids, said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

“Some believe organized crime is a thing of the past; unfortunately, there are still people who extort, intimidate, and victimize innocent Americans. The costs legitimate businesses are forced to pay are ultimately borne by American consumers nationwide,” said FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

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