Police on Wednesday captured one of Italy’s most-wanted fugitive mobsters, arresting the last major boss of one of Italy’s bloodiest mafia clans. Michele Zagaria, on the run since 1995, was found in an underground bunker in Casapesenna, in his hometown province of Caserta in southern Italy, the headquarters of the Casalesi clan of the Neapolitan Camorra.
Anti-mafia prosecutor Piero Grasso said it was likely Zagaria had spent his years as a fugitive nearby since mob bosses “can only exercise their power if they’re in an environment that protects them. This was the nightmare: We knew he was there, but it was tough to find him, tough to get him out,” he told Sky TG24. “Finally we did.”
Investigators contend the Casalesi family runs a lucrative illegal business in transporting and disposing of toxic waste, a murky world explored in the book and film “Gomorrah.” Other moneymakers for the crime clan are rackets, extortion, drug trafficking, smuggling of illegal migrants and arms.
Last year, another top Casalesi lieutenant, Antonio Iovine, nicknamed “‘o ninno’” (dialect for “the baby”) for his youthful looks, was arrested in a major strike against the Casalesi. His arrest left Zagaria as the last big fugitive lieutenant of the charismatic convicted Camorra boss Francesco Schiavone.
Zagaria is wanted for murder, extortion, kidnapping, mafia association and other crimes.
Source: Yahoo! News