Oftentimes, law enforcement has to get crafty to knock folks that they’re after, especially if their target is of a high profile. Italian authorities had to use their creativity to end their hunt for a leader of one of Naples’ most notorious crime syndicates yesterday.
The target of the investigation (which included a 50-member team of investigators) was Roberto Manganiello, 35, a shot caller for the Camorra Clan. The nephew of ex-Camorra muscle Gennaro Marino had been on the run since 2013. The feds rolled up on him as he reportedly watched a soccer game on TV at his hideout in the town of Orta di Atella. It is alleged that Manganiello has been running a drug operation from the apartment. Police officers posed as pizza delivery boys and knocked on the door. Manganiello was busted on charges of murder, drug, extortion charges and trafficking weapons on the black market. One other woman was also arrested at the scene.
The Camorra has become even more infamous than the Sicilian mafia in recent years due to its role as one of the largest drug traffickers in Europe and unsafe disposal of toxic waste in the Campania region where it operates. But the organization has a much longer history, having existed in some form since the 16th century.
Because Camorra clans often operate independently, bitter and violent feuds between groups have often resulted in gang wars. Indeed, a double homicide allegedly committed by Manganiello in 2004 sparked a series of vendettas that resulted in more than 100 deaths.
The arrest was lauded by Interior Minister Angelino Alfano as “success due to top-level investigative work.”