VENICE – Shot at a criminal group that had reconstituted the mafia organization known as Mala del Brenta. I carabinieri of the Ros, with the support in the executive phase of the provincial carabinieri commands of Venice, Padua, Treviso and Rovigo, have carried out an application order of precautionary measures issued by the court of Venice, at the request of the local prosecutor, against 39 people, under investigation for various reasons, for criminal association, external competition in criminal association, possession and carrying of firearms, drug dealing, extortion, robbery, usury and other crimes, some of which aggravated by the crime of mafia association. The investigation, directed by the anti-mafia and anti-terrorism district directorate of Venice, documented how the subjects intended to reconstitute the mafia organization known as Mala del Brenta, in particular after the release of some inmates, members of the fringe of mestrini.
The prosecutor Bruno Cherchi
«They are the same protagonists of the old Mala del Brenta released from prison. Even if they have aged a little, they are equally very dangerous – says the public prosecutor Bruno Cherchi – have aged, it is true, but it is also true that they are always very dangerous, with a great capacity for aggregation, and once released from prison, to resume relations, especially the sale and supply of narcotic substances from South American countries, and criminal activity against the Venetian environment. There are the old interests of the menstrini faction related to drug dealing, this does not mean that we have also ruled out other activities such as robberies and extortion».
The role of women
Among the novelties, compared to the old Mala del Brenta, the role of women. “Women play an important role in the new organization – continues Cherchi – and it is a novelty, because in the old organization mainly the men of the group worked. Now, on the other hand, we have noticed the use of several women especially with regard to money laundering and the fictitious headings of assets deriving from the criminal activity.».
Weapons of war
“They have been kidnapped various weapons, including war weapons, as well as Kalashnikovs, this demonstrates the danger of the group» continues the prosecutor Cherchi who also talks about Felice Maniero and the possibility that the gang wanted to eliminate him. «Maniero is in prison – Cherchi points out – so there is an objective difficulty. That Maniero and those who collaborated were not particularly ‘loved’ is true, but we have no concrete elements to say that the group’s goal was that. They were more involved in business than in ‘repairing’ the old rusts of the mala ».
And it would have started from the exponents of the so-called menstrin fringe, released from prison as mentioned above for the end of their detention, the attempt to reconstitute the criminal control exercised by the association of Felice Maniero on the Venetian territory. This is what has been ascertained by the District and Counter-Terrorism Directorate of the Venice Public Prosecutor’s Office. The DDA has documented the existence of “serious and consistent elements relating to the reconstitution of the disintegrated mafia organization known as Mala del Brenta”. A project developed starting from 2015.
Who is involved in the investigation
The names that emerge from the investigation into the reconstruction of the Mala del Brenta are well known to the police. This is Gilberto Boatto, Paolo Pattarello, Antonio “Marietto” Pandolfo , Gino Causin and Loris Trabujo.
«The day opens well, with yet another victory of the law over crime. Congratulations and thanks from all the Venetians for good to the Ros of the Carabinieri and the Anti-Mafia Prosecutor, who have vanquished a gang composed of old offenders and new criminals who acted to get control of the territory – he comments the president of Veneto Luca Zaia – The first news talks about drugs, extortion, weapons robbery and failed revenge matured in the world of crime. A devastating mix, for the legality, but also for the serene social coexistence of a vast territory, which could have increasingly serious consequences. Having him struck down is one of the most important operations carried out by the Police and investigators in recent times. This morning a large part of the Veneto region knows it can live more peacefully; he knows that crime does not give up, but that law enforcement officers do not retreat an inch».
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