Italian police arrest suspect mafia boss

Sun, 24 Apr 2011 13:34:46 GMT
Italian police have arrested a suspected leader of a mafia organization in the southeastern region of Puglia, the Interior Ministry says.

Thirty eight-year-old Francesco Campana was captured in a house in which he was hiding early Saturday.

Campana had previously been sentenced to nine years in prison for his cooperation with the Sacra Corona Unita (United Sacred Crown) mafia, the state-run BBC reported.

His arrest, which has been the second major success this week by the Italian police, was a hard blow against the Sacra Corona Unita.

On Thursday, law enforcement officers seized nearly $300m in assets from the 'Ndrangheta, including two fourth division football clubs. Police say the organization was using the clubs to try to increase its influence.

Sacra Corona Unita is a smaller organization than the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, the Calabrian L'Ndrangheta and the Neapolitan Camorra.

The Sacra Corona Unita consists of about 50 clans with approximately 2,000 members and specializes in smuggling cigarettes, drugs, arms, and people.

'Ndrangheta, however, has become one of the world's biggest cocaine traffickers in the past decade, mainly importing from Colombia.

The gang is also involved in skimming money off large public work construction projects, money laundering and traditional crimes, such as usury and extortion.

'Ndrangheta invests illegal profits in legal real estate and financial activities.


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