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|2015-04-10| Leading member of dangerous Camorra clan arrested in Spain
Today Spanish police arrested 55-year old Carlo Leone, who was signalled all over Europe since he disappeared in 2009 after an arrest warrant was spread out back in Italy. Leone is a keymember of the Elia clan in suburb Naples and acted as an important narco-broker between distributeurs and customers. After investigators discovered he was hiding in the Costa del Sol, police put on a surveillance and eventually nailed him. He now awaits extradition.
|2015-04-03| Son of former Detroit godfather passes away
Tony Zerilli, son of the famed Joseph Zerilli, passed away at the age of 87. During his lifetime he had been closely involved with the Detroit Partnership. He was a longtime boardmember of the Hazel Park racetrack in Michigan and spend a lot of time in Las Vegas to watch over Partnership investments. In 1996 he was indicted in a massive racketeering case. He was freed in 2008. He had been married to Rosalie Profaci, daughter of New York mob boss Joe Profaci. With his passing Detroit loses one of it's last Mafia strongholds of a past generation.
|2015-03-12| New Jersey's DeCavalcante family targetted by the FBI
Recently the FBI struck at the New Jersey based DeCavalcante family and arrested about a dozen of wiseguys during the process. They are being charged with illegal prostitution, illegal gambling and conspiracy to murder. Main suspects are family consiglieri Frank Nigro, 72, and 71-year old capo Charles Stango, who led a crew out of Toms River. According to investigators Stango had plotted to whack a fellow mobster from Elizabeth and had hired a member of the Outlaws to do the hit. The crew was also said to have ran a luxury escort service out of Toms River.
|2015-01-22| Fugitive 'Ndrangheta leader arrested
Yesterday the carabinieri succeeded in arresting Mafialeader Natale Trimboli, who had been a fugitive for 5 years. He was hiding in Gioia Tauro, where police was able to arrest him without further resistance. He is considered to be the leader of the Trimboli-Marando clan and was an important link to North-Italian based crime groups. He will stand trial for drug smuggling offenses and the murders of Antonio Stefanelli en Franco Mancuso, who were killed in Turin.
|2015-01-22| Secret Mafiacode revealed
Earlier this week police apprehended a paper which had a secret code written on it and was used by 'Ndrangheta members for drug trafficking and initiation rituals. The code was found inside a red book and was taken in the village of San Luca alongside several weapons and 600 kilograms of cocaine. After a long stretch two specialized officers were able to crack and translate the symbols into plain text. The codex, dubbed the San Luca Code, can prove to be very worthy in further investigations.
|2015-01-05| Joey Merlino heads back to prison
Joey Merlino, the former boss of the Scarfo family and eternal foe to John Stanfa, is back in prison for violating his parole after meeting with Philly mobster John Ciancaglini at a local cigar bar. He will have to sit out a four month term. Since his release in 2011 Merlino has been living in sunny Florida with his girlfriend, claiming he has no more involvement in the Scarfo organization. The FBI nonetheless still believes he remains in touch with current boss Steven Mazzone.
|2014-12-10| St. Louis Mafiaboss Anthony Parrino passes away
Anthony "Nino" Parrino, the 78-year old reputed boss of the St. Louis Mafia, passed away last week. Parrino had been active with the Teamsters labor union during the '60s and '70s while under the wing of then boss Anthony Giordano. Since the early 1980's he served as the consiglieri and after Gioradano's successor Matthew Trupiano was jailed, he became boss himself. During that period the St. Louis Mafia became independent from their long related Mafia brethren from Chicago and Detroit. The St. Louis Mafia had been dealing on a small scale ever since and with Parrino's passing could now face extinction.
|2014-12-05| Another murder hits Montreal
Monday, the 1st of December, after months of peace, Montreal was again the scene of a mob related rubout. Tonino Callocchia, a 53-year old construction entrepreneur with a vast criminal record including money laundering and drug trafficking, was shot and killed by two masked gunmen in a northwestern bistro. During the Rizzuto warfare he had been siding against Vito Rizzuto and already had escaped being killed once, but has now been caught nonetheless. Callocchia was called a "big player" in the Italian Mafia and was close to Joseph Di Maulo, who was murdered in November 2012.
|2014-12-04| Fears for new formed Mafia group in Italian capital
Citizens of Rome are stunned by the high levels of corruption that have been uncovered recently thanks to a couple of deep-digging prosecutors. It seems that for years now Rome has been the subject of an independent crime group with Mafia-like structures. For now prosecutors have dubbed it "Mafia Capitale", referring to Rome. The group has it's own "superboss"; a one-eyed fascist terrorist named Massimo Carminati, who is now 56-years old and was a former member of the far-right terror group NAR. He was arrested earlier this month along with 36 associates for setting up a vast criminal network that dominated the capital in the past ten years. They are being accused of money laundering, bribing, extortion and corruption, above all. They maintained close ties to several political figures in Rome who, in turn for monthly payoffs, granted favors. Former mayor Gianni Alemanno is one of the accused being investigated.
|2014-11-20| Net closing in on Matteo Messina Denaro
In Palermo police arrested 37-year old businessman Girolamo Bellomo, who had acted as an important henchman for fugitive Mafiaboss Matteo Messino Denaro. Interestingly, the suspect is also Denaro's brother-in-law. Investigators believe he helped to back Denaro financially while in hideout and took care of all sorts of mob related business ventures. Another 15 men linked to the suspect were taken in for questioning. In december last year police already arrested several affiliates and family members, including his sister Patrizia. Denaro has been a fugitive since 1993 and remains one of the most wanted men in Italy.
(Source: ansa.it, theguardian.com )