Two Mafia bosses were captured by Italian police while hiding with a stack of weapons including a machine gun, rifles and pistols, in a luxurious underground bunker near Maropati in the southern state of Calabria, Italy. The two Mafia leaders, 47-year-old Giuseppe Ferraro and 37-year-old Giuseppe Crea, had been eluding police for about 10 years and were caught while sleeping in their hideout.
Friday’s capture of Italy’s most dangerous fugitives is a success for Italy’s fight on organized crime, as reported by NBC News on January 30. “Today is another wonderful day for everyone and for the country because justice has won once again,” said Interior Minister Angelino Alfano.
Ferraro was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 for more than 20 mafia-related murders. Crea, the son of a regional mob boss, was facing 22 years in prison for his Mafia association. Ferraro was a fugitive since 1998 and Crea was able to elude his capture since 2006.
According to Italian authorities, the two were found sleeping in their underground bunker:
“Despite its being dug deep into the ground, the hideout was furnished with electricity, and the mobsters had a satellite TV and a computer, police said. Vines and bushes camouflaged the hideout in the province of Reggio Calabria.”
The capture of the two mafia bosses is an ultimate victory for Italian authorities because Ferraro is one of the last survivors of the decade-long ‘ndrangheta clan that was involved in drug and arms trafficking. Among the clan’s victims was another mobster whose body was fed to pigs and a 9-year-old boy who was accidentally shot when his grandfather’s car was mistakenly fired on.
Staying close to their home base allowed Ferraro and Crea to take advantage of their supporters and locals being too scared to report their whereabouts. However, Italian authorities were sending a clear message to the two captured Mafia bosses – you can run, but you can’t hide forever.