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Police unearth barrels of possibly toxic waste near Naples

Tipped by State's witness with mob ties

Police unearth barrels of possibly toxic waste near Naples

Naples, September 17 - Police identified nine buried barrels of possibly toxic waste in the Camorra mafia's heartland following tips from a State's witness. The digs are slated to carry on all week, as is the ongoing testing for toxic substances at the site in Casal di Principe, the hometown of the Camorra's infamous Casalesi gang north of Naples. The Casalesis' wrongdoing, which has long included illegal waste-disposal, was exposed in great detail in Roberto Saviano's best-selling 2007 book Gomorrah, later turned into an award-winning film. Saviano has since lived under around-the-clock police protection after death threats. Tuesday's tip came from an unidentified tipster with mafia links, police said.

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