Stacks of guns belonging to Brent Nicholson, seen in a police shipping corner, in Pageland, South Carolina, November 10, 2015. As sheriff’s investigators threaded past the battered cars, cast-off tires and rusted farm equipment cluttering Brent Nicholson’s front yard, there was no hint of the sinister stockpile hidden behind his windowless front door. Inside, the guns were everywhere: rifles and shotguns piled in the living room, halls and bedrooms; handguns littering tables and countertops. Outside, when they rolled up the door on the pre-fab metal garage, more arms spilled out at their feet. "This has completely changed our definition of an ass-load of guns," said Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks. Six weeks after the discovery, officers are still cataloging the weapons, many of which have proved stolen, and the final tally is expected to be close to 5,000. "I don’t know if there’s ever been (a seizure) this big anywhere before," Brooks says. The … [Read more...] about Man’s hoard of nearly 5,000 guns shows ease of amassing arms in U.S.
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NEW YORK, Jan 20 (AFP) - US law enforcement agentsarrested more than 100 alleged Cosa Nostra mobsters in raids around New York in the biggest such operation on record against the Italian-American mafia. More than 800 officers took part in the early morning roundup in New York City, New Jersey and Rhode Island, Attorney General Eric Holder told a press conference. The sweep, featuring "unprecedented" cooperation between the FBI, local police and other bodies, netted 127 alleged mafia members and associates, he said. One of the arrests took place in Italy. "Today's arrests and charges mark an important step forward in disrupting La Cosa Nostra's illegal activities," said Holder, who took the unusual move of traveling to Brooklyn personally to announce the arrests. He hailed "the largest single-day operation" against the organized crime families. The suspects included minor associates, "soldiers," "captains" and a host of high-ranking bosses, wiping out much of the leadership of the … [Read more...] about FBI pummels NY mafia in mass arrests
More than 110 suspects, including organized crime members and associates, were arrested on Thursday in one of the largest such operations ever in the United States, officials said. United States Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a news conference to announce the arrests of 110 Mafia suspects in the Northeast, in Brooklyn, New York January 20, 2011. More than 800 federal and local law-enforcement officials rounded up the suspects in New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island in the early morning hours, targeting New York's five Mafia "families" and an additional one in New Jersey. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo) The crimes they were charged with ranged from murder and narcotics trafficking to extortion, illegal gambling, arson, loan sharking, and labor racketeering. "We are pleased to announce an important step forward in our nation's ongoing fight against the organized crime families of La Cosa Nostra -- the mafia," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters at the Department of … [Read more...] about FBI, police arrest more than 110 mafia suspects in northeastern U.S.