By Diane Burke • 14 July 2021 • 17:18
ITALIAN police dismantle Cosa Nostra clan linked to the New York mafia. Today, July 14, Italy dismantled the Torretta clan, the historical family of Cosa Nostra, with the arrest of eleven of its members accused of infiltrating the Sicilian political and economic fabric and of being connected to organized crime in New York.
The detained, all men, are accused of belonging to a gangster association, drug trafficking and extortion aggravated by the gangster method. Nine ended up in jail, one under house arrest and another unable to leave his city, as reported by Andalucia Informacion. “The investigation demonstrated the relationship between the gangsters of Italy and the United States, the oppressive penetration into the economic fabric of the community and the contamination of local institutions,” said Carabineros General Arturo Guarino. He added, “We try to liberate and give dignity to a community that on too many occasions and for too long was under the unbearable weight of the mafia.”
The operation, called “Crystal Tower”, consisted of a new “vitality” of this family on the periphery of Palermo and a new rise among the clans that are part of the cusp of Cosa Nostra, using its link with New York. Not surprisingly, the Torrettas, with their stronghold in the Palermo municipality of Passo di Rigano, watched over the return to Sicily from the USA of the “scappati” escapees, those defeated by the Corleone clan in the second mafia war between 1981 and 1984.
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Diane is from Limerick, Ireland and has previously lived in Seville. Having graduated with a Masters in Journalism and Public Relations she has a keen interest in digital media. As well as her passion for news, she enjoys learning about human psychology, practising pilates and has a soft spot for tapas!
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