Italian police have arrested clan boss Bruno Palamara from the 'Ndrangheta "on charges of operating a vast drug smuggling ring supplying Belgium, Holland and Germany from his base in Calabria" as reported by ANSA.
Italian police have busted 15 suspects from the Padovano clan of the Sacra Corona Unita or Puglian Mafia for their alleged roles in the extortion racket, drug trade and intimidating politicans as reported by ANSA.
Suspected Bonanno crew leader Nicholas "Nicky Mouth" Santora has rejected a plea deal from the Manhattan DA pursuant to which he would plead guilty to enterprise corruption in exchange for a 7-to-21 year prison term as reported by the New York Post:
"There's absolutely no way he's taking that disposition. He's not involved in enterprise corruption," his defense lawyer Michael Alber said. "The prosecution is seeking to link people some who don't even recognize each other except when they come to court."
Santora and seven others were charged last year with enterprise corruption -- New York's version of federal racketeering -- for their various alleged roles with operating an online sports betting operation in Costa Rica, corrupting Teamsters Local 917 on Long Island and trafficking in narcotics and other drugs over the internet.
According to the FBI, Tocco was running the Detroit Mafia in July 1975 when Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the Machus Red Fox restaurant on Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township. "He knew all the secrets and where the bodies were buried, including Hoffa's," said Dan Moldea, author of The Hoffa Wars. "Jack Tocco had to check off on this murder. It happened in his jurisdiction."
Tocco's brother and consigliere Anthony Joseph Tocco died in 2012.
Imprisoned mobster Renato Vallanzasca allegedly nicked two pairs of boxer shorts from a supermarket while on day release to work in a leather shop as reported by ANSA: "Vallanzasca said he was "stitched up" by authorities because he soon would have become eligible for release for good behaviour." The former boss of the Milan underworld is serving a life term for mutiple murders.
Last year the 63-year-old was accused of using his wife Antonella D'Agostino to launch a mozzarella business with the Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia according to Italian police as reported by ANSA.
Vallanzasca isn't the first reputed mobster accused of taking a five-finger discount.
Reputed Colombo mobster Angelo Spato was charged last year for allegedly "shoplifting lighting equipment valued at $164 from a Home Depot in Brooklyn" as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News, and in March 2011 Nicola Cortese, a reputed soldier in the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia, was sentenced to seven months after surveillance video from Canadian Tire in Montreal showed him nicking items as then reported by Paul Cherry for The Gazette: "Cortese tried to steal a handgun holster, an ammunition pouch for 12-gauge shotgun shells, a black balaclava and another item."
Last week a religious procession in honor of the Virgin Mary was diverted from its scheduled route in the Calabrian region to pay homage before the home of a 'Ndrangheta boss, and to prevent further mob hijackings Giuseppe Acquaro, bishop of Oppido-Palmi, indefinitely has suspended the public devotions as reported by ANSA.
Earlier this month Monsignor Giuseppe Fiorini Morosini, the archbishop of Reggio Calabria, proposed a 10-year moratorium on naming godfathers "in an attempt to stem the way mob bosses use the padrino system to spread their influence and authority to the next generation" as reported by The Associated Press.
The Italian Mafia long has bastardized Catholic rituals in a lame attempt to provide legitimate cover for its degenerate existence, and Pope Francis recently has called out the wolves in sheep's clothing.