‘Ndrangheta, Dda calls for trial for 80 suspects of the Catanzaro nomad gang


By John

The DDA of Catanzaro has requested the indictment of 80 suspects in the investigation into the gypsy gang of the Calabrian capital. The investigating judge Chiara Esposito has set the preliminary hearing for February 8th. In particular, they are accused of mafia-style criminal association Luigi Vecceloque Pereloque, Massimo Bevilacqua, Luciano Bevilacqua, Vincenzo Berlingeri, Domenico Passalacqua (born ’73), Ernesto Bevacqua And Massimo Berlingeri, believed to be exponents of the Passalacqua/Bevilacqua clan «subject to the control and lordship of the ‘Ndrangheta club of Isola Capo Rizzuto». The defendants are accused, in various capacities, of a long series of extortion, failure to comply with the sentence, weapons crimes, receiving stolen goods, robbery, theft and corruption.

The investigation also includes drug trafficking which would have been directly linked to Mannolo family of San Leonardo di Cutro where the logistical base for the supply and concealment of cocaine was located. The bridge was born thanks to kinship ties created between the Mannolo family and the Passalacqua family from Catanzaro. An assistant from the penitentiary police serving in Catanzaro is also involved in the investigation. Domenico Sacco, accused of having facilitated, through “active and/or passive conduct”, the trafficking of cocaine. In particular, Sacco, in direct and continuous contact with the inmates of the Siano prison, «provided a decisive contribution to the functioning of the organization by guaranteeing assistance and conveying messages to the inmates» and also warning them about the possibility of them being intercepted. Among the alleged crimes there is also corruption since Sacco would have been promised and given money and other gifts to bring unauthorized goods into prison or to convey messages.