Suspected Mob Gambling Ring Smashed
NJ cops bust dozens in major blow to Lucchese crime family
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2007 3:56 AM CST
Anne Milgram, First Assistant Attorney General, right, along with State Police Deputy Superintendent Gayle Cameron, left, and Division of Criminal Justice Director, Gregory Paw, center, announce the arrests...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – New Jersey officials have nabbed a cadre of suspected mob bosses to bust up a sophisticated $2.2 billion gambling ring, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Others among more than two dozen arrested included a prison officer and a Bloods gangster, said to be part of an "alarming alliance" between the Mafia and Bloods that smuggled drugs and phones to inmates in a Jersey prison.

Triumphant attorney general Anne Milgram boasted that the highest level of the Lucchese crime family had been disrupted. A lawyer for one of the alleged wiseguys slammed the charges, which carry up to 20 years in jail, as "patently unfair."