Mafia fugitive and dozens of suspects arrested in Italy
Police in southern Italy on Tuesday arrested a fugitive Calabrian mafioso whose name appears on a "most wanted list" and, in separate operation, detained dozens of people suspected of belonging to a mafia clan based near Naples, dpa reported.
Rocco Trimboli, 45, who in 2010 was sentenced in absentia to 11 months in jail for drug trafficking, was picked up in Casignana, a small town in the region of Calabria, the ANSA news agency reported.
Trimboli was also convicted in a separate trial on charges of belonging to the 'Ndrangheta, the Calabrian version of the mafia.
In the other operation, police targeted alleged members of the Belforte crime family in Caserta, a powerful clan of the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra.
Among those detained - prosecutors issued 44 arrest warrants - were several wives and partners of jailed Camorra bosses who, in their husbands' absences, were suspected of running the clan's activities, including drug trafficking and extortion.
In the early morning raids, police also confiscated some 10 million euros worth of assets allegedly belonging to the Belforte clan and its associates, including hundreds of bank accounts held by companies run by them.
Often grouped together under the term "mafia", Italy's major organized crime networks include Sicily's Cosa Nostra; the Camorra, which mainly operates in Naples and the surrounding Campania region; the Sacra Corona Unita in the Apulia region; and the 'Ndrangheta, which is active in Calabria, the region that forms the tip of Italy's boot.