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DETROIT: In a blow to organized crime today, Federal agents arrested the boss and leaders of the Detroit Mafia. Seventeen people were indicted on 25 different charges alleging 30 years of murder plots, extortion and racketeering. The indictments came after a long government effort to "drive a stake through the heart" of the mob, following similar arrests in Boston, New Orleans, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Newark, N.J. and New York City. The alleged Mafia boss, Jack Tocco, was arrested this morning in Boca Raton, Fla. along with his brother Anthony and reputed second in command, Anthony Zerilli. "Here in Detroit, we believe we've driven a stake through the heart of La Cosa Nostra," said FBI Special Agent Joseph Martinolich Jr. Attorney General Janet Reno, underscoring the extensive government efforts to stem the tide of the mob, added that "In the last three years, 42 top figures in the La Cosa Nostra, including seven bosses or underbosses have been convicted by federal prosecutors." The indictment did not mention the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, the former Teamsters Union president, believed to have been murdered by the mob. The FBI stated that the Hoffa case remains "an ongoing investigation."