(ANSA) – CATANIA, FEBRUARY 15 – A total of 21 people were arrested by the Catania State Police during an operation, coordinated by the District Anti-Mafia Directorate and called ‘Third family’, which allowed to disrupt a criminal group that he worked in Adrano and in the neighboring municipalities, accused of mafia association, attempted murder, drug trafficking, possession of weapons, attempted aggravated robbery and attempted extortion.
The organization was headed by Cristian Lo Cicero and was connected to the Mazzei mafia family of Catania. The investigations, which made use of the declarations of numerous collaborators of justice, ascertained that Lo Cicero, under the aegis of the Mazzei and taking advantage of a power vacuum created following the police operations conducted against the Santangelo clans. Taccuni and Scalisi, has managed to conquer considerable space, especially in the sector of drug trafficking and dealing, by promoting, organizing and directing a criminal group with the help, among others, of his brother Agatino and dozens of affiliates.
During the investigations, five rifles, three pistols, a hand grenade and ammunition were seized and the attempted murder of two offenders was documented, one of whom was a minor at the time of the facts, resulting from disputes related to drug dealing. . The group managed a vast drug trade which was then sold to Adrano and other municipalities in the provinces of Catania, Caltanissetta, Enna and Ragusa.
In the course of the investigations, 15 arrests were made in the act of detention for the purpose of drug dealing and about 600 grams of cocaine, kg. About 1.9 of heroin, kg. about 183 kilos of marijuana and about 2.8 kilos of ecstasy pills. (HANDLE).