An investigation led by the FBI into the Gambino crime family has intensified, following an assault on a Toms River couple by alleged mob associates in September. Though it’s not clear how, the assault sparked a broader inquiry, leading federal agents to search farms in upstate New York for bodies and evidence.
This week, the FBI, along with the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies, were seen using heavy machinery, including excavators and backhoes, at two farms in upstate New York. The searches, conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, are part of a larger investigation targeting the notorious Gambino crime family.
Residents reported observing unusual activities around these farms in the past, including strange gatherings at odd hours, and unexplained occurrences near the barns, including bright lights and noises at night. A key focus of the investigation is the potential discovery of burial sites on these properties, with law enforcement looking for bodies that may have been buried in secret, according to reports.
This surge in investigative activity comes on the heels of recent legal actions against members of the Gambino family. Last week, ten individuals with connections to the family were indicted in Brooklyn Federal Court. The charges span a range of criminal activities, including racketeering, extortions, assaults, arson, and union-related offenses. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York released a statement identifying some of the defendants, known by nicknames such as “Joe Brooklyn,” “Vinny Slick,” and “Uncle Ciccio.”
One of the properties under investigation is reportedly linked to Salvatore DiLorenzo, an alleged mobster among those recently indicted.