CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2004 |
Gaetano Badalamenti, 80, once described by federal authorities as the "boss of all bosses" of the Sicilian Mafia, has died, a Justice Department spokesman said Friday. No date, place or cause of death was given, but Badalamenti had been housed at the Federal Medical Center in Ayer, Mass., which treats inmates with serious illnesses. Badalamenti was a ringleader in a $1.65-billion heroin and cocaine smuggling operation that used pizzerias as fronts to distribute the drugs from 1975 to 1984.
July 14, 2010 |
Police in Italy swooped upon the powerful 'Ndrangheta mafia Tuesday, arresting more than 300 people — including the group's suspected top boss — and seizing millions of dollars in assets, in one of the biggest operations against organized crime in the country's history. About 3,000 police officers fanned out across the nation in the early morning sweep, which caught some suspects still in bed. Although the 'Ndrangheta is based in the Calabria region in the south, many of the arrests took place in the north, around Milan, where the group has increasingly shifted its operations.
August 13, 1987 |
Leoluca Orlando, noted for his denunciations of the Sicilian Mafia, has been reelected mayor of Palermo, officials announced Tuesday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1989 |
Police said they have broken up a drug-trafficking ring investigators called Rome's largest "supermarket of heroin." The operation supplied cocaine to the Sicilian Mafia in exchange for heroin that was sold in Rome and exported to Canada.
June 17, 2009 |
Italian police said they have arrested 13 people suspected of helping a top Mafia fugitive hide, communicate with other mobsters and conduct his business. Investigators said that with the arrests they are closing in on Matteo Messina Denaro, a fugitive who is among a handful of mobsters vying to take over the Sicilian Mafia. Most of the arrests were carried out in Trapani, a city in western Sicily that is the power base of Messina Denaro. "He's the last of the great fugitives," said Giuseppe Linares, the top police official in Trapani.
May 6, 1985 |
Four men shot to death two brothers with ties to the Camorra, the Neapolitan version of the Sicilian Mafia, police said Sunday. Francesco Giugliano, 28, and his brother Umberto, 23, died shortly after the ambush outside their home near Naples. Investigators said they believe the shootings were part of an organized crime vendetta and that Francesco was the intended victim.