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In one of the largest single-day operations against the Mafia in FBI history, federal agents fanned out across New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island on Thursday morning to arrest 127 people, authorities and sources with knowledge of the case said.

Investigators arrested people from all five prominent New York Mafia families — the Gambino, Colombo, Bonanno,
Genovese and Lucchese families, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

Some of those arrested were charged with murder conspiracy, arson, extortion, narcotics trafficking, illegal gambling, labor racketeering and murders that date back as far as 1981, sources with knowledge of the case said.

About 110 people, including several high-ranking family members, were in custody by mid-morning, a source said.

Source: David Ariosto for CNN.

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