New York District Attorney Eugene Gold yesterday (Monday) announced that more that 1,000 officers had swooped on 677 suspected Mafia figures in the biggest crackdown on organised crime in U.
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GOLD: "This has turned out to be the most massive investigation of organised crime in the history of law enforcement in this country. We have pierced the veil of all of the five organised crime groups in the City of New York. We broke their summit headquarters by having a 'bug' placed where they met last April, which has been functioning since that time. The 'bug' was located in a trailer, a junk-yard automobile lot located on avenue D in Brooklyn. The trailer was 14 by 15 feet, was ringed by a 14-foot fence with barbed wire at the top, guarded by two vicious German shepherds as well as an individual who watched it through the night. The surveillance of the yard included the taking of colour movies - more than 36,000 feet of colour movies - 54,000 still photographs, 1,620,000 feet of tape from the electronic bug, and 21,600 feet of tape from wire taps."
GOLD: "This is the trailer which was the summit meeting place of the organised crime chiefs throughout New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland Counties."
(GARBLED CHATTER AMONG REPORTERS)
REPORTER: "Mr Gold, how did you get in here in the end?"
GOLD: "Well, no comment - that was quite a feat."
REPORTER: "Would you have got the subpoenas issued without the use of this but?"
GOLD: "Without the use of this bug this investigation couldn't have got nearly as far as it did."
REPORTER: "Mr Gold, I've talked to several people here who say they just walked in here to buy parts - that they're just innocent bystanders, one fellow said he came here to collect the ???oda bill and he's been subpoenaed - what's going on?"
GOLD: "Well, the answer is let him testify to that before the Grand Jury."
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Herewith follows a transcript of Mr Gold's description of the events and answers to reporters' questions.
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Background: New York District Attorney Eugene Gold yesterday (Monday) announced that more that 1,000 officers had swooped on 677 suspected Mafia figures in the biggest crackdown on organised crime in U.S. law enforcement history. All had been issued with subpoenas to appear before a Grand Jury - but, so far, no arrests have been made.
The men subpoenaed belong to all five top Mafia "families", and the charges arise from investigations into narcotics sales, extortion, loan sharking, corruption, coercion, bookmaking, assault, robberies, burglaries, counterfeiting, hijacking, receiving stolen property, forgery, possession and sale of weapons, labour racketeering, car theft, smuggling, insurance fraud, arson and prostitution.
Shortly after making the announcement, District Attorney Gold took reporters around the car junk yard where the Mafia leaders had held their meetings in a trailer which had been electronically 'bugged' by the police - leading to the obtention of the information necessary for the investigation to be completed.
SYNOPSIS: In New York on Monday, the announcement of the biggest crackdown on organised crime in U.S. law enforcement history. After issuing six-hundred and seventy-seven subpoenas, District Attorney Eugene Gold told reporters how it had been done.
Then the journalists were shown where the electronic bug had been hidden in the trailer headquarters. But, however informative Mr Gold might have been, he was not giving away any of his investigators' secrets.