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Passion for Soccer Results in Arrest of Camorra Mafia Mobster in Italy
The stunning victory of Italian Serie A soccer club Napoli proved to be an unexpected aid in capturing one of Italy’s most sought-after criminals. Vincenzo La Porta, a prominent figure in the notorious Camorra mafia, had eluded law enforcement for over a decade, until a photograph emerged showing him celebrating Napoli’s historic Serie A win after 30 years.
Months of Investigative Collaboration
The pursuit of the elusive fugitive was the result of extensive cooperation among Italian authorities, involving thorough investigations into La Porta’s supporters’ financial ties and an analysis of Napoli soccer fans’ social media presence on the Greek island of Corfu.
The Elusive Fugitive’s Capture
The incriminating photograph captured the celebratory moment at an Italian restaurant on Corfu, where La Porta was seen holding a team scarf. After identifying him from the image, Italian authorities apprehended him while he was riding a moped. He now faces extradition to Italy, where he has been on the list of the country’s 100 most wanted criminals for more than two decades.
Camorra: Italy’s Ancient Criminal Menace
The Camorra, one of Italy’s oldest and most dangerous criminal organizations, traces its origins back to the 14th century in Naples. Despite periods of decline, it remains a force to be reckoned with, allegedly involved in various illegal activities, including drug trafficking, extortion, and murder. The organization’s reach is said to extend beyond Italy, with reported connections in Spain.