Nine members of the Colombo crime family were busted on racketeering charges Tuesday morning— including its two most senior members, who are both in their 80s, a law-enforcement source said.
Among the collared are Andrew “Mush” Russo, 87, who allegedly heads the crime family, and reputed underboss Benjamin “The Claw” Castellazzo, 83 — who’s already done time for extortion related to a fight over Brooklyn’s L&B Spumoni Gardens’ secret red sauce recipe.
They and others are charged in an indictment alleging that the Colombos tried to infiltrate a labor union, the source said.
The sweeps also netted a Bonanno crime family soldier, according to the source. One defendant remains at large.
The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Brooklyn federal court.
Castellazzo was sentenced to about five years in prison in 2013 after pleading guilty to mob extortion related to the Spumoni Gardens sauce dispute. He was sprung from federal lockup in 2015, prison records show.