(NEW YORK) -- More than 800 federal, state and local agents arrested over 100 suspected mobsters Thursday from New York City to Italy in the single-largest operation against the mob in the FBI's history, officials said.
Of the 127 people who were arrested in the northeast U.S. alone, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said 91 are suspected members or associates of La Cosa Nostra families, including 30 "made men" -- who are "among the most dangerous criminals in the country." The FBI also sent agents overseas to assist the Italian police in the arrest of a single suspect there.
The other 36 defendants were charged for "their roles in alleged associated criminal activity," a statement from the Department of Justice said.
"Today's operation marks the largest mob round-up in FBI history," Janice Fedarcyk, assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York Division, said.
Fedarcyk the cases were "the cumulative result of years of investigative work, including the development of key cooperating witnesses -- a trend that has definitely been tipping in favor of law enforcement."
Holder, who traveled to New York to make the arrest announcement, said the operation was an "unprecedented collaboration" between four U.S. attorney offices, the FBI and various federal, state and local authorities. The massive take down was pulled off without a single incident, Fedarcyk said.
"This largest single-day operation against La Cosa Nostra sends the message that our fight against traditional organized crime is strong, and our commitment is unwavering," Holder said in a statement.
"We have charged mob bosses and mob associates alike," Holder said, referring to the arrest of high-ranking members of at least three major families in New York and Providence, Rhode Island. "Today's successful arrests across multiple cities and involving multiple mafia families sends a clear message that in our fight against organized crime, the Justice Department is targeting federal resources and working with our state and local law enforcement partners like never before..."
"We are committed and we are determined to eradicate these criminal enterprises," he said.
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