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Fugitive 'Ndrangheta boss Pesce captured (3)

Top mobster nabbed in Rosarno

Fugitive 'Ndrangheta boss Pesce captured (3)

Rome, December 1 - Police have arrested Marcello Pesce, a top member of Calabria's 'Ndrangheta mafia, in the Calabrian town of Rosarno, sources said on Thursday. Pesce, who is known as 'U Ballerinu' (the dancer) because of his fondness for strutting his stuff in the Milanese 'movida' nightlife scene, is believed to be the "strategic leader", police said, of the Pesce clan, one of the most powerful of all 'Ndrangheta groups. The clan operates in the Piana di Gioia Tauro area of Calabria and has offshoots in northern Italy, especially Lombardy. Pesce, who was wanted for mafia association, was not found in an underground bunker as is usual in these cases but in an all-mod-cons apartment in the centre of Rosarno, with copies of Proust and Sartre on his bedside table. Pesce, who had been on the run since 2010, had been sentenced on appeal to 16 years and eight months. He was among the most wanted 'Ndrangheta fugitives. Among his other activities, Pesce was said to have used a football club to reap "social consensus".

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