Italy: Senior 'Ndrangheta Gangster Caught

Italian police arrested on Thursday the scion of a powerful dynasty in the 'Ndrangheta criminal organization after a years-long manhunt. 

Screen Shot 2016 07 22 at 4.27.31 p copyThe mill where Alvaro was caught (Photo: Polizia di Stato via Youreporter)Giuseppe Alvaro, also known as Peppazzo, was caught in an olive oil mill southern Calabria region. Authorities say Alvaro, the son of senior boss Carmine Alvaro, is a leading figure in an influential clan from the municipality of Sinopoli. 

Alvaro jumped from a window to escape police, breaking his ankle. He was later handcuffed and taken to hospital.

Police and the interior ministry gave contradictory information on just how long they had been searching for Alvaro. Police said he had been on the run since 2009, while the interior ministry gave the date as 2007.

Police have previously said the Alvaro clan had “extraordinary economic and military power” and “branches throughout Europe and abroad.”

The ‘Ndrangheta, which hails from the southern Calabria region, is one of Europe’s richest and most powerful criminal networks. Among other crimes, ’Ndrangheta groups have assumed a key role, in partnership with Latin American organized criminals, in the smuggling of narcotics to Europe