Italian police have arrested 14 people in Palermo in an anti-mafia operation, local media reported Friday.
The operation uncovered close ties between local Cosa Nostra families and the Mafia in the United States.
The 14 included businessmen, extortionists and municipal employees, most of them face charges of criminal conspiracy, extortion and public contract rigging, the report said.
According to investigators, the trans-Atlantic alliance involved drug trafficking and money laundering.
Thanks to wiretap evidence, Italian investigators were able to identify a certain "u Frankie" as "Frankie Cali," a well-known member of the New York Gambino family.
Cali is also related to the Sicilian Inzerillo family, which was forced to flee the island in the 1980s after losing the power struggle with the bloody Corleone gang of Salvatore (Toto') Riina and Bernarado Provenzano, both of whom are now behind bars.
Last Mod: 10 Ağustos 2007, 19:11