Italy police catch dangerous mobster in his pyjamas

Italy’s financial police said Saturday they had arrested a leading figure of a mafia clan wanted for international drug trafficking after surprising the fugitive in his bolt hole dressed in pyjamas.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sat 27 Jul 2013, 3:53 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:51 PM

“During an anti-mafia investigation in Naples, police had a tip-off that dangerous fugitive Adriano Manca... was probably taking refuge in a bar in Torre del Greco,” a city in southern Italy, a police statement said.

Manca, “a leading figure in a renowned Camorra clan”, had been on the run from the police since they issued an arrest warrant for him this month “for international drug trafficking”.

A raid on the bar uncovered “a man in pyjamas hiding in a storage room behind the bar, which had been kitted out with mod cons to allow him to stay there in comfort and keep a low profile”, the police said.

The fugitive had a camp bed and television in his den, as well as clothes and personal hygiene products.

Manca, 44, did not resist arrest, though he did strenuously deny he was who the police said he was, the statement said. The owner of the bar was also arrested on suspicion of harbouring a wanted criminal.

The Camorra is based mainly around Naples but has a vast international network that generates billions of euros in profits from drug trafficking, counterfeit goods, waste disposal and construction.

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