Italian cops arrest 37 in raid on Mafia

PALERMO, Italy, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Italian police arrested 37 suspects Monday in a drive against Palermo's leading Mafia family, a prosecutor said.

Italy conducts mobster sweep

PALERMO, Italy, March 17 (UPI) -- Italian police arrested 21 alleged Cosa Nostra bagmen Monday, amid signs mob victims are actually rebelling.

Police seize allleged Mafia assets

PALERMO, Italy, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Italian police went after alleged business assets of the Sicilian Mafia, seizing bank accounts, a quarry, a shopping mall and a seaside development Thursday.

39 alleged Mafioso arrested in Italy

PALERMO, Italy, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Italian police have arrested 39 alleged members of the Sicilian Mafia including a son of imprisoned reputed organized crime boss Salvatore Lo Piccolo.

Alleged Mafia boss arrested in Naples

NAPLES, Italy, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Italian authorities have arrested an alleged Mafia boss, considered one of Italy's most dangerous fugitives.

Mobster nabbed while watching mob series

PALERMO, Italy, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- An alleged Mafia boss in Italy was arrested while watching a hit TV show on the criminal exploits of don Salvatore "Toto" Riina.

Reputed mobster had Mafia commandments

PALERMO, Italy, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- An alleged list of rules for members of La Cosa Nostra -- a Mafia Ten Commandments -- was found this week during the arrest of a reputed Italian mob kingpin.

Suspected crime head arrested in Italy

PALERMO, Italy, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Police in Italy arrested a suspect Monday who is believed to be the head of the Cosa Nostra crime group.

Salvatore Lo Piccolo (born in Palermo, July 20, 1942), also known as the Baron (il Barone), is a Sicilian mafioso and one of the most powerful bosses of Palermo, Sicily. Lo Piccolo rose through the ranks of the Palermo mafia throughout the 1980s and he became the capo-mandamento of the San Lorenzo district in the early 1990s, replacing Salvatore Biondino who was sent to prison. Lo Piccolo was a fugitive since 1983 and had been running his Mafia affairs in hiding. With the capture of Bernardo Provenzano on April 11, 2006 Lo Piccolo had been cementing his power and rise to the top of the Palermo Mafia until his own arrest on November 5, 2007.

Lo Piccolo is also known as "u vascu," Sicilian dialect for "il vecchio," which translates into English as "the old one" or "elder." In clandestine correspondence with former mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano, Salvatore Lo Piccolo used to identify himself by the number 30. Lo Piccolo's fortune came from the international cocaine trafficking, the extortion of businesses, and the theft of money allocated for public works projects. He invested much of his earnings in real estate. Lo Piccolo long supported Provenzano's policy of not directing violence toward the state and preferred arbitration as means to settle conflict between rival mafia factions.

Lo Piccolo was born in the neighbourhood Partanna Mondello in Palermo. He was the driver of the local Mafia boss Rosario Riccobono, who was killed in the Second Mafia War. Lo Piccolo changed sides and became an ally of the Corleonesi. Bosses like Pippo Calò and Nino Rotolo pleaded to save the life of Lo Piccolo. Nearly 25 years later Rotolo would regret his appeal when a conflict arose between the two. Rotolo was overheard on bugs installed by the police saying: "One who should have died. He was the ‘godson’ of Saro Riccobono and should have gone."

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