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MILAN/1: MAFIA'S SHOTS IN THE DISNEYLAND OF DRUGS

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“In Milan? You can find anything in Milan,” an experienced investigator tells Wikilao. The blood-feud of Quarto Oggiaro (a Milan neighborhood) – three murders in three days, with the notorious Emanuele and Pasquale Tatone among the victims - is probably a matter of drugs, and “when you are talking of narcotics, this is Disneyland.”

Drugs of every kind arrive in the main drug-dealing marketplace of Milan. Quarto Oggiaro “is among the most flourishing open-air markets in the north,” mostly for cocaine and hashish, our source explains, indicating the routes of the merchandise on a map.

The drugs come from South America or from Morocco, by way of Spain and France.

A number of interests intersect at Quarto Oggiaro, but the area is basically controlled by the Milan mob that is originally from the Campania region. Like the Tatones, sons of Rosa Famiano, a woman from Casaluce, in the province of Caserta, who settled in the northern outskirts of the city in 1972. There she earned the nickname “grandma heroin.' Adelina, her daughter, following the custom in past centuries, added (criminal) prestige to the family by marrying a boss from the Sacra Corona Unita (Puglia mafia).
Mario and Nicola Tatone were arrested in 2003. Emanuele and Pasquale were slain ten years later.

In Milan they take to their guns over drugs. The triple homicide at the end of October recalls the feud between the Gallace and Novella 'Ndrangheta clans from Catanzaro which, transplanted to Milan, broke their alliance and started shooting each other between 2008 and 2010.

Many remember the double killing in via Muratori in 2012. Massimilano Spella and his wife Carolina were killed for an alleged offense to the traffickers with whom they were doing business so they could make money and emigrate to Santo Domingo. Mario Mafodda, a boss from Palmi (Calabria) and Carmine Alvaro, another Calabrese, were their assassins, according to the investigation. Mafodda – who when he was caught by the police in September, confessed immediately– had allegedly bought a kilo of drugs from the couple. Spelta and his wife had purchased the drugs in Latin America. Mafodda decided, however, that it was poor quality for the price they had agreed upon, 40,000 euros, and had decided to eliminate the couple.

The execution of the young newlyweds got a lot of attention because of its cruelty (Carolina was holding her little daughter, who was miraculously unhurt) but the streets of Milan have been stained by any number of episodes of drug-related violence in the recent past.

Summer of 2013, via Ugo Mulas: three hit men, pretending to be finance police, knock on the door of a convicted felon with a false search warrant. They close the wife and daughter in the bedroom, take the man out into the garden, tie him up, and shoot him. Later on police will find a chunk of 300 grams of hashish under a window. The victim of the attack had thrown it, thinking it really was the police who had come to visit him.

It is not unusual for criminals in Milan to masquerade as policemen. On April 10, 2013, for example, the Carabinieri searched the home of Nicola Russo, a convicted felon born in Cerignola (Puglia), but residing in Milan. A badge on the Guardia di Finanza, the finance police, was among the things they found.

On February 27, 2013, in Seguro, below Settimo Milanese, Salvatore Magrini was shot in the thigh. He had gone to visit his brother Luigi, who was under house arrest for a bad incident involving drugs. It is worth noting that the two are the sons of Vito Magrini, an old acquaintance for those who deal with the Milan underground, nicknamed the "Cavallaro" ( horse dealer).
There was a story of old debts and clashes between rival clans behind the ambush. There's a sequel. On March 8, three or four thugs with their faces uncovered enter a car body shop called Emotion Drive, on via Edison, and shoot and kneecap a client, Francesco d'Achille, and the owner of the shop, Rocco Bevilacqua. The latter is no choir boy, mind you. Mesagnese, Salvatore Magrini’s brother-in-law, was under house arrest (with permission to come and go from work). Together with Luigi Magrini he had been served with an arrest warrant for criminal conspiracy with the intent to – among other things – traffic in drugs. Italians and Serbs who imported cocaine from Colombia and Mauritania made up their gang.

Among drug-related murders, one stands out for “the weight of its implications” - that of Luca Saverio Verrascina, that took place on January 10, 2012 at San Giuliano Milanese. A Camorra assassination, “that matured in the context of the conflict over control of the narcotics traffic.”

November 2, 2013