FBI: Dozens arrested in US trash-hauling case

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm •  Published: January 16, 2013

Two defendants, angered that they weren't getting their illicit cut of hauling fees quickly enough, stole a garbage truck and kept it until they were paid, the papers say. In another instance, the ring swiped garbage containers from a competitor in New York and repainted them for use by a mob-controlled hauler in New Jersey, they add.

The investigation also resulted in separate conspiracy charges accusing three defendants of buying hundreds of thousands of contraband cigarettes from a government cooperator in Lyndhurst, N.J., in 2010. Two were charged also with transporting stolen goods — a hot dog cart ripped off in Orangeburg, N.Y., the same year.

At a hearing on Wednesday afternoon, the defendants crowded into a Manhattan courtroom, where it appeared that most would be released on bails set at $1 million and lower.

Some of the men face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of racketeering conspiracy.