During the special operation conducted in the United States against the Mafia, was arrested four former and nine active trade union leaders dockers. A total of 1,257 suspects arrested.
Dockers leaders indicted for extortion and racketeering. Leonardisu Thomas, president of the local branch of International Longshoremen's Association, and Robert Ruiz, a delegate from the same unit, charged from 53 points to episodes of extortion of money in favor of the mafia.
"Ports and those who work in them play a vital role in the economy and security in the region - said the federal prosecutor Paul Fishman. - And pay tribute to the Mafia - an unacceptable price to pay to do business in New Jersey. "