9 members of the Colombo crime household had been busted on racketeering fees Tuesday morning— together with its two most senior members, who’re each of their 80s, a law-enforcement supply mentioned.
Among the many collared are Andrew “Mush” Russo, 87, who allegedly heads the crime household, and reputed underboss Benjamin “The Claw” Castellazzo, 83 — who’s already accomplished time for extortion associated to a battle over Brooklyn’s L&B Spumoni Gardens’ secret crimson sauce recipe.
They and others are charged in an indictment alleging that the Colombos tried to infiltrate a labor union, the supply mentioned.
The sweeps additionally netted a Bonanno crime household soldier, in response to the supply. One defendant stays at massive.
The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Brooklyn federal courtroom.
Castellazzo was sentenced to about 5 years in jail in 2013 after pleading responsible to mob extortion associated to the Spumoni Gardens sauce dispute. He was sprung from federal lockup in 2015, jail data present.