TRENTON, N.J., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Alleged members and associates of the Lucchese crime family were charged Tuesday with running a multibillion-dollar gambling ring in New Jersey.
The Lucchese family also collaborated with a branch of the Bloods gang in a plot to smuggle drugs and cell phones into a state prison, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram said.
The state division of criminal justice rounded up 20 people in a series of raids. Among those arrested were two reputed members of the Lucchese family's ruling board and leaders of the New York crime organization's New Jersey faction.
Another eight people were given summonses and four remained at large.
Most of the charges involve the alleged gambling operation, Milgram said. But the defendants also included a corrections officer formerly assigned to East Jersey State Prison and an alleged member of the Nine Trey Gangster set of the Bloods in Newark.
Milgram said the arrests of Joseph DiNapoli of Scarsdale, N.Y., Matthew Madonna of Seldon, N.Y., and Ralph Perna, a reputed capo in New Jersey, would disrupt the Lucchese command structure.
Investigators say the gambling operation included a wire room in the Dominican Republic and took in $2.2 billion in bets in 15 months.