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Camorra boss, a top Italian fugitive, arrested in Naples

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Renzo Pipoli
Italian police captured on Tuesday Antonio Orlando, wanted for 15 years over alleged organized crime associations and believed by police to be the leader of a clan of the Camorra organized crime group. The image from March 2011 shows policemen as they stand guard outside the home of another alleged Camorra boss. File Photo by EPA/Ciro Fusco
Italian police captured on Tuesday Antonio Orlando, wanted for 15 years over alleged organized crime associations and believed by police to be the leader of a clan of the Camorra organized crime group. The image from March 2011 shows policemen as they stand guard outside the home of another alleged Camorra boss. File Photo by EPA/Ciro Fusco

Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Italian police on Tuesday captured Antonio Orlando, described as one of the most dangerous fugitives in Italy as he evaded arrest since 2003 for association with organized crime.

Police arrested Orlando, also known as Mazzolino, in an apartment in Naples, about 140 miles southeast of Rome. He was on a list of the 100 most dangerous criminals in Italy, Naples newspaper Il Mattino reported Tuesday.

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He is known as the "undisputed boss" of organized crime group Marano, a clan of the larger Camorra organization that is named after the part of the city where it originated, and lived in an apartment "filled with every comfort" including a sauna and solar-powered shower, according to the report. He did not resist arrest.

Just before his capture, Orlando managed to partially burn some pieces of paper, the newspaper added. He had the equivalent of about $6,700 in euros, it reported.

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Corriere della Sera TV reported that among the papers he burned were identification documents such as an identity card, a health card and a tax document, under a different name. Orlando was in his 60s, it added.

Gaspare Giardelli, who led the police unit that captured Orlando, said "he had very much power. The very fact that he tried to burn papers proves he was still operative and dominated in the Marano area."

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Other reports indicated at least 80 policemen and one helicopter were used in the operation.

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Police official Ubaldo del Monaco told Corriere della Sera TV he was captured after a long and complex investigation by police and the city top prosecutor.

The Camorra is a loosely organized crime group that is based in Naples and the region of Campania in southern Italy. Police have said in the past that different clans have controls over different areas as the group lacks a single vertical structure.

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