Italy launches series of anti-mafia raids in Naples area
NAPLES, Italy — Italian authorities have launched a number of anti-mafia raids in the Naples area over the past few days, resulting in dozens of arrests, and weapons and property seizures.
On Monday, carabinieri military police raided buildings in Mondragone, arresting an undisclosed number of people from the La Torre camorra clan, which, according to Italian government press reports, “controls the area” around the town. Those arrested face extortion and weapons charges.
Mondragone lies along the main coastal highway between Naval Support Activity Gaeta and NSA Naples and is well-traveled by Americans.
On Wednesday, police seized 3 million euros worth of real estate and other assets from two brothers associated with the Casalesi camorra clan near Caserta. One brother had been jailed since 1996 and the other remains free.
Caserta lies a few miles north of the NSA Naples Gricignano housing area.
Also on Wednesday, carabinieri made eight arrests in Boscoreale and Torre Annunziata, at the base of Mount Vesuvius.
According to the AGI news agency report, more warrants have since been issued with charges ranging from drug dealing and extortion to illegal possession of firearms.
Finally, also on Wednesday, 21 Italians and South Americans living in Naples were arrested during a multicity anti-drug operation. The operation targeted a ring that brought drugs from Colombia to Italy via Holland or Spain. Most of the drugs are believed to have been sold in the Naples and Florence areas.