Crime

Jan 22, 2014 1:26 PM by Joe Bevans

Italian mafia takes hit

ROME (AP) - Italian police seized 27 pizzerias, cafes and other eateries in the heart of Rome and elsewhere in a probe highlighting the seemingly legitimate business fronting for organized crime in places far from the mobsters' Naples base. The national anti-Mafia prosecutor's office said Wednesday it also confiscated gas stations and parking lots in Naples, allegedly used to launder Camorra syndicate revenue from drug trafficking, extortion and loan-sharking. Also sequestered was a clothing business network whose products were manufactured in Prato, Tuscany, where past probes found the Camorra dumped toxic refuse in its illicit waste-dumping business. Authorities said one of 90 suspects named in warrants jumped to his death from his fourth-floor Rome apartment when police came to arrest him.

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