Italian police arrest alleged Puglia mob boss

AP News
Posted: Apr 23, 2011 7:56 AM
Italian police arrest alleged Puglia mob boss

Italian police say they have arrested the alleged No. 1 boss of the organized crime syndicate based in Puglia, the region that makes up the heel of boot-shaped Italy.

Police say 38-year-old Francesco Campana was apprehended early Saturday in a home in Oria, a small town in Puglia. He did not resist arrest.

Local police official Francesco Barnaba said Campana was considered the most dangerous mobster of the United Sacred Crown. In December, police arrested two dozen people allegedly at the top of the organization.

Campana has been convicted of Mafia association and must serve a nine-year prison term, according to Barnaba.

The United Sacred Crown runs smuggling rings of contraband cigarettes from the Balkans and Eastern European countries.