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 |2016-02-11|   More than 100 men arrested on Sicily
Yesterday police in Sicily arrested more than 100 men who are believed to be affiliated with the Laudani family, a clan which originates from Catania and also has ground in Germany and the Netherlands. The clan is held responsible for several bombings, target assassinations, drug trafficking and extortion. The patriarch of the family, 90-year old Sebastiano Laudani has been detained as well as several of his nephews. Also three women, who allegedly played a key rol in the clan's administration, were arrested. They are known as the "three queens of Caltagirone", named after a town close to Catania. The Laudani clan is believed to be behind a string of violent attacks in the 1990s, including the murder of a prison warden and a lawyer who had refused to be bought. "They were a real cancer", Catania mayor Enzo Bianco said.

 |2016-01-29|   Italy captures 2 of the country's most wanted mobstes
This morning Italian police arrested 2 of the most wanted criminals in Italy, being 47-year old Giuseppe Ferraro and 37-year old Giuseppe Crea. Both men lived in a well hidden bunker in the hills of Agro di Maropati. Ferraro was on the run since 1998 to avoid murder charges. Crea, who is the leader of the Rizziconi clan, ran off in 2006. Inside the spacious bunker police found several weapons including Kalashnikovs and shotguns. Both men have had a large involvement in the international drug trade.


 |2015-12-13|   Long wanted 'Ndrangheta chieftain captured in Belgium
Sebastiano Signati(49), one of Italy's most wanted criminals, has been caught in a hospital in Brussels. Signati is a capo in the Pelle Vottari clan and stranded on the most wanted list since 2004. Before being arrested he fled Italy and went to live in Belgium for a number of years where he used several aliases. He is considered to be an important link between South-American drug suppliers and Calabrian buyers and is suspected of importing more than 3 tons of cocaine. (Source:

 |2015-11-16|   Bonanno capo Peter Lovaglia arrested for assault
Peter Lovaglia, a 53-year old reputed captain of the Bonanno family, was arrested recently for assaulting the owner of a local Japanese restaurant, called Takayama Sushi Lounge. Lovaglia had gotten into an argument earlier that night at the restaurant. The owner, who was struck in the face with a cocktail glass, had to be taken to a local hospital. Lovaglia has been out of prison since March, after being jailed for 2 years due to parole violation.

 |2015-11-12|   Matthew Madonna tied to murder case
Matthew Madonna, who had been recently sentenced as a result of Operation Heat, is now being linked to the 2013 murder of Michael Meldish. Meldish, who was 61-years old at the time of his death, was an elder leader of the Bronx based Purple Gang, which was affiliated with both the Genovese and Lucchese families. Meldish and his brother Joseph, who is serving a life sentence for murder, have been suspected in as many as 70 contract killings carried out on behalf of the Mafia during the 70's and 80's. Investigators believe his death was a direct result of a dispute between him and Madonna. Terrence Caldwell, the man whom is suspected of carrying out the hit, is already behind bars.

 |2015-10-05|   Lucchese bigshots sentenced as result of Operation Heat
Early this month two senior bigshots of the Lucchese family were sentenced as a result of Operation Heat, which ended an illegal gambling ring back in 2007. At first Martin Taccetta, the former underboss, was sentenced to 8 years for racketeering. Taccetta was already serving a life sentence for earlier racketeering convictions. One day later Matthew Madonna, who once parted the families ruling panel, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for his role in the gambling scheme, which approximately brought in 2,2 billion dollars during a 15 month period.

 |2015-08-05|   Former DeCavalcante boss John Riggi passes away
Monday, at the age of 90, the long serving boss of the DeCavalcante family, John Riggi, passed away. For years he was involved in union and labor rackets before becoming head of the family and succeeding Sam DeCavalcante. In 1989 he was arrested for labor racketeering and was later also charged with the murder of real-estate developer Fred Weiss. Whilst in prison he kept running the family by using several substitutes. In late 2012 he was released from prison but suffered from bad health. During his last few years he was treated at home by a nurse until he passed away. Acting boss Frank Guarraci is now believed to step in as official boss.

 |2015-08-04|   Hunt for Matteo Messina Denaro takes on a new turn
Recently Italian police arrested 11 people whom they believe are close to fugitive boss of bosses Matteo Messina Denaro. Since 2011 police have been keeping an eye on a remote farm near Trapani which showed signs of being used as a way for Denaro to communicate with his henchmen. Therefore he used so called pizzini, small notes containing encrypted messages which were hidden around the farm. The owner of the farm, 77-year old Vito Gondola, acted as an in between and called whomever was needed after finding a new note. For instance, when the note said "I've put the ricotta aside for you" it meant the farmer had found the note and someone needed to come over. According to police the farmer himself at one time has been close to former boss of bosses Toto Riina and was involved in several kidnappings throughout the 1970's.

 |2015-07-04|   Gambino mobster guilty of murder charge
Back in 2001 police discovered the body of 51-year old businessman Konstantinos Boulis. Boulis was the founder of the Miami Subs restaurant chain and also owned the SunCruz casinos. Twelve years later a judge convicted Anthony Ferrari and James Fiorillo, who had become a turncoat, for murder and conspiracy. A third suspect, John Gurino, had been killed himself in 2003. However, until then it was unclear who exactly had ordered the hit. Now, two years after the convictions that question has been answered. Anthony Moscatiello, a 77-year old mobster, is the one prosecutors believe to have ordered the hit because of a dispute for control of the SunCruz Casinos boat fleet. James Fiorillo also testified in court. Moscatiello's wife, Marion, collapsed when hearing the verdict. He will most likely be facing life in prison.

 |2015-06-20|   Lucchese keymembers plead guilty to illegal gambling charges
Back in 2007 the authorities were able to dismantle an illegal gambling enterprise worth up to $2 billion. The operation used a wire room based in Costa Rica and made use of several password protected websites to place bets. There were thousands of users active in a span of 15 months. Leading suspects were Lucchese members Matthew Madonna, Martin Taccetta, Ralph Perna and John Mangrella. They were all indicted in 2010. Now, almost 5 years later, they have plead guilty to the charges. Prosecutors will probably recommend prison terms ranging from 5 till 10 years.

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