Italian godfathers unite to form terrifying ‘super-mafia’

Three notorious mafia dons were spotted sharing a meal and discussing their 'empire'.

Italian godfathers unite to form terrifying ‘super-mafia’
The heads of Italy’s three most powerful crime families are thought to have formed a grand alliance
The heads of Italy’s three most powerful crime families are thought to have formed a grand alliance

There are fears Italy’s three most powerful crime families may have formed a ‘super-mafia’ after leading figures were spotted dining in secret together and discussing their ‘empire’.

Senior mafiosi from the ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate in Calabria, Camorra of Naples and Sicily’s Cosa Nostra were allegedly caught sharing a meal of pasta and wine together in April 2021.

The incident was one of many such encounters under surveillance by police, who warned prosecutors of the emergence of a a grand alliance between the notorious crime syndicates

‘This is Milan,’ the Camorra mafia don was allegedly heard saying to an ally.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Gigi Romano/Sipa/Shutterstock (9230196b) Toto Riina during his trial Salvatore 'Toto' Riina, Sicilian mafia boss during his trial, Italy - 24 May 1994
Italian prosecuters revealed the alliance after arresting several mafia heads during a massive undercover operation (Picture: Gigi Romano/Sipa/Shutterstock)

‘We’re not in Sicily, we’re not in Rome, we’re not in Naples, this is where we’re doing the good stuff,’ the Telegraph reports. 

A suspected member of Cosa Nostra allegedly replied: ‘We’ve built an empire.’

Despite their historic rivalries, the three groups are believed to have put aside their differences to form a ‘super-mafia’, operating out of the Lombardy region in northern Italy.

The organisations had forged ‘an evolved criminal network’ after agreeing ‘a stable and enduring accord between Calabrian, Sicilian and Roman mafia members, a sort of confederation,’ prosecutors told the Telegraph.

Mafia dons are now suspected of making hundreds of millions of euros after pooling their resources to invest in legitimate businesses in Milan.

The prosecutor’s claims come following a three-year undercover operation from Italian police nicknamed Hydra.

Around 600 Carabinieri police officers are believed to have conducted a series of dawn raids on Wednesday, arresting 11 alleged mafioso on a raft of charges including extortion, illegal possession of firearms and drug-related charges.

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Top mafia don Michele Zagaria of the Casalesi family was arrested by police in December 2011 (Picture: Cesare Abbate/EPA/Shutterstock)

Over €225 million of assets are believed to have been seized.

It is understood that the recently formed mafia in Rome is a hybrid of ‘Ndrangheta and Camorra mafiosi, although some suspects are also linked to the brutal Cosa Nostra mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro.

Although these mafia leaders once regularly engaged in violent conflicts, including public killings and brutal disputes, they are now reportedly adopting a more discreet approach, preferring white-collar criminal activities over open gun battles.

The Camorra, one of the oldest and largest criminal institutions in the world, is known for its drug and crime operations, robbing people and committing violent attacks.

Fellow mobsters ‘Ndrangheta are also known to be one of the most extensive and powerful criminal organisations in the world.

Their roots are in the Italian region of Calabria, but they have reportedly expanded to more than 40 countries worldwide and continue to grow at a steady rate. 

They are involved in a wide range of organised criminal activities, from drug trafficking and money laundering to extortion and the rigging of public contracts.

epa10882005 A handout mugshot made available by Italy's Carabinieri shows Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, Italy's most wanted man, following his arrest in Palermo, Sicily, by the Carabinieri police's ROS unit after 30 years on the run, 16 January 2023. Denaro has died, it was announced 25 September 2023. The 61-year-old was thought to be a boss of the notorious Cosa Nostra Mafia and spent 30 years on the run before he was detained in January. EPA/CARABINIERI HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
The alliance comes following the death of Cosa Nostra ‘godfather’ Matteo Messina Denaro, Italy’s most wanted man known as the ‘boss of bosses’ (Picture: EPA)

Their enormous profits are then reinvested into legitimate companies, further strengthening the organisation’s power and influence. 

The Italian Department of Public Security spends millions of euros in an effort to disrupt the numerous global networks of the notorious ‘Ndrangheta mafia. 

The alliance comes following the death of notorious mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro earlier this year, aged 61.

Known as the mafia’s ‘last godfather,’ the former Cosa Nostra don spent 30 years on the run for murdering at least 50 people, including a boy dissolved in acid.

Denaro, whose Cosa Nostras were the inspiration behind the 1972 film The Godfather,  once boasted that he could fill a whole cemetery with the people he had killed.

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