New Jersey authorities say they have broken up what Attorney General Anne Milgram said was an “alarming alliance” between the Luchese crime family and the Bloods street gang to supply drugs and cellphones to gang members inside a New Jersey prison, the New York Times reports. Two members of the Luchese family connected to the prison scheme were also involved in a sports gambling ring. The gambling operation took in $2.2 billion in bets over 15 months, mainly through the Internet, and relied on violence and extortion to collect debts.
Among 32 people arrested were three high-ranking members of the Luchese organization and a New Jersey prison guard who is accused of acting as the conduit for the drugs and cellphones. Officials said the prison scheme provided the first evidence of an organized crime family from New York working with the Bloods street gang, one of the New Jersey’s largest. Milgram said the potential for more cooperation was great, given their shared interests in “violence, illegal drugs and quick profits.”