More than 200 Italian police and FBI agents from the New York City office's office reportedly launched a coordinated crackdown on a Sicilian mafia clan that has links with the Gambino criminal family on Wednesday.
Eighteen suspects were imprisoned in Palermo, Sicily, during the operation, code-named "New Connection," CBS News reported.
A suspect has been arrested in the Big Apple, according to CNN.
Thomas Gambino, who was considered by the FBI to be one of them, was an important member of the New York-based crime family and Salvatore Gambino, the mayor of a village near Palermo.
The joint effort showed strong links between Sicily's Cosa Nostra ̵
1; whose head Salvatore "Toto" Riina of the Corleone clan died in jail in 2017 – and American families with organized crime, the news agency said, citing the Italian police.
In the 1980s, Riina had unleashed a savage mafia war in Sicily and the Inzerillo family expelled from their fortress in the suburb of Palermo, the Passo di Rigano, self-imposed exile in the US.
According to Reuters, the family has since attempted to retake their old business, supported by influential New York allies.