Naples police arrest 17 people

Police in Naples carried out a series of raids early Friday and arrested 17 people as part of a crackdown on the Camorra crime syndicate in the southern Italian city, police officials said. Police officer Sara Caltanese said the arrests took place in the city's poor neighborhood of Sanita and that all those arrested were suspected members of the Torino clan, which has been trying to break away from the Neapolitan Camorra the equivalent of the Sicilian Mafia for the Naples area.

The clan's alleged leader, Sabatino Torino, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after he fell out of a second-floor window of a building he was hiding in while attempting a "treacherous escape," Caltanese said without releasing details. Those arrested were charged with drug trafficking, possession of illegal weapons and extortion. Police said no further arrests were expected Friday, reports the AP.


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