The feds this morning are conducting a sweeping series of arrests around the metro area in connection with a long-running investigation into continued Mafia control of the private garbage-hauling industry, The Post has learned.
Those arrested are being driven to Manhattan for booking and arraignment later today in Manhattan Federal Court.
The arrests began a short time ago. By the time the sweep is over, officials said they anticipate having more than 20 people in custody, among them reputed members of at least three of New York's five Mafia families. The investigation and arrests are a joint effort between the FBI and police in New York City and the suburbs.
FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser declined to comment.