The FBI and police are searching and digging for bodies believed to be related to an ongoing investigation into the Gambino crime family in Goshen, NY. Several law enforcement officials familiar with the matter confirmed this to NBC News on Wednesday afternoon.
The search – 65 miles northwest of midtown Manhattan – appears to be related to the arrest last week of 10 people accused of violently entering New York City trash collection and demolition companies.
The indictment, which was unsealed in federal court last week, alleged that the 10 people used violent tactics, including thug intimidation, to dominate the industry.
The group faces 16 counts, including allegations of conspiracy, racketeering, witness retaliation and union-related crimes. The US Attorney’s Office announced this in a statement.
The group included Joseph Lanni, also known as “Joe Brooklyn” or “Mommino,” a suspected Gambino captain, as well as a number of other crime family members and associates who are accused of setting each other up for no-show jobs they brought with them benefits such as wage and union benefits.
Four of the people named in the lawsuit were accused of using baseball bats as an intimidation tactic to break into the company, prosecutors said.
Others also allegedly “coordinated a violent hammer attack on the dispatcher” of a demolition company, which left the victim “bleeding and seriously injured,” according to the government.