Say Russian, Italian Mobsters Ran Huge Operation; More Than 2-Dozen Arrested.
Federal authorities say theyâ€™ve busted a global underground immigration ring, and at the center of the scheme â€” strip clubs across Manhattan.
The feds carried out boxes of evidence from one Midtown strip club during an early Wednesday morning raid, dubbed â€œOperation Dancing Brides.â€
They said the club â€” Cheetahâ€™s â€” is one of several at the center of an underground immigration ring that stretches from Times Square to the heart of Russia.
â€œTodayâ€™s arrests bring to an end a long-standing criminal enterprise operated by colluding organized crime entities that profited wildly through a combination of extortion and fraud,â€ ICE HSI Special Agent-in-Charge James T. Hayes, Jr. told 1010 WINSâ€™ Juliet Papa.Â â€œAs alleged, the defendants controlled their business and protected their turf through intimidation and threats of physical and economic harm. Today, that business model has been extinguished.â€