Want-to-be Italian mafia family intercepted in Chile; 12 arrested

Posted on July 25, 2012 • Filed under: Chile, Conflicts, Crime, Drug Activity, Organized Crime, Police/Military Activity

A family that modeled themselves after the Italian mafia was broken up after police arrested 12 members. According to La Segunda, the family owned various houses in Santiago and along the coasts in Chile that are valued at $600 million. They were arrested for crimes of drug trafficking. Authorities have stated the family paid their neighbors to secure the safety of their business. They also used a symbol to intimidate rival drug organizations. At the time of the arrest, large quantities of drugs were seized, as well as several vehicles that had been used in a homicide that took place in May. Many films related to the Italian mafia were also found. Read Article

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