Two fugitive mafia bosses captured in Italian raid on secret mountain bunker

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After years of evading capture, two high ranking members of a Calabria-based mafia group have finally been caught after authorities found their hideout deep in the mountains.

AFP reports that police infiltrated a concrete bunker built on a steep slope in southern Italy’s Reggio Calabria on Friday.

The underground bunker housed two fugitives wanted for crimes they committed as top bosses of the ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate.

Police discovered Giuseppe Ferraro and Giuseppe Crea asleep in bunk beds inside the 20 square meter space and subsequently arrested them.

A full arsenal of weapons was found inside the hideout, which also had a flat-screen television, computer, and electricity.

The ‘Ndrangheta mafia group controls much of the world’s cocaine trade, and is linked to drug trafficking in South and Central America, the United States and Canada.

The group has around one to two hundred members in the U.S., mostly in New York and Florida, according to the F.B.I.

Crea and Ferraro have been on the run for 10 and 18 years, respectively. Crea faces 22 years in prison for mafia association, while Ferraro will serve a life sentence for mafia association and murder, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.


RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Italian police at mountain hideout
2. Italian police go down bunker
3. Two mafia bosses apprehended inside bunker
4. Guns, TV, computer found inside bunker
5. Group involved in drug trafficking outside Italy
6. 100-200 members in the US

VOICEOVER (in English):

“Police on Friday infiltrated a concrete bunker built on a steep slope in southern Italy’s Reggio Calabria.”

“The underground bunker housed two fugitives wanted for crimes they committed as top bosses of the ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate.”

“Police discovered Giuseppe Ferraro and Giuseppe Crea asleep in bunk beds inside the 20 square meter space and arrested them.”

“A full arsenal of weapons was found inside the bunker, which also had a flat-screen television, a computer, and electricity.”

“The ‘Ndrangheta mafia group controls much of the world’s cocaine trade, and is linked to drug trafficking in South and Central America, the United States and Canada.”

“The group has around one to two hundred members in the U.S., mostly in New York and Florida.”

SOURCES:
CNN, ANSA, BBC, AFP (via The Guardian), Sydney Morning Herald, Federal Bureau of Investigation
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/30/europe/italy-mafia-arrests/
http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2016/01/29/two-top-ndrangheta-fugitives-arrested_b012d77b-6b0c-4796-9abc-8ccf01a20060.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35440978
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/29/mafia-bosses-caught-police-raid-mountain-hideout
http://www.smh.com.au/world/italy-nabs-two-fugitive-mafia-bosses-in-mountain-bunker-full-of-guns-20160129-gmhj2f.html
https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/organizedcrime/italian_mafia