Published on Jan 29, 2016

Giuseppe Ferraro, 47, and Giuseppe Crea, 37, both high-ranking members of the powerful and immensely wealthy ‘Ndrangheta organised crime group, are both on Italy’s most dangerous fugitives list. Ferraro, found guilty in absentia of a string of brutal murders and described as “extremely dangerous” by police, had been on the run for 18 years. Crea, wanted for mafia association and extortion, disappeared 10 years ago. Ferraro’s clan is also believed to have been involved in the gunning down of rival boss Domenico Bonarrigo in a turf war. Bonarrigo’s men took their revenge by feeding the suspected gunman, Ferraro ally Francesco Raccosta, alive to pigs in 2013. “They were living in a concrete bunker hidden by dense bushes and trees,” said prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho, describing the hideout in the mountains near the town of Maropati in the Reggio Calabria region of southern Italy. Maropati was founded in the 10th century after being used as a hideout by people fleeing Saracen pirates on the coast.

A collection of weapons was found in the bunker.



After eluding capture for years, two Mafia bosses have been arrested in an underground bunker in southern Italy.

Police seized mobsters Giuseppe Ferraro, 47, and Giuseppe Crea, 37, in Calabria region Friday, according to Italian news agency Ansa.

Ferraro was found guilty of murder and Mafia association decades ago, and had been a fugitive since 1998.

Crea was convicted of Mafia association and had been on the run for nine years, according to the news agency.

Their hideout had an array of weapons, including rifles, pistols and machine guns.

“Today is another wonder day for everyone and for the country because justice has won,” Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said after their arrest.

Beyond Italian borders

The two men are part of ‘Ndrangheta, a dangerous criminal organization that has tentacles worldwide. The group is based in Calabria, where the two men were arrested.

‘Ndrangheta’s power has grown beyond Italian borders.

Two years ago, Italian officials said the group is linked to drug trafficking in South and Central America, Canada and the United States.

The ‘Ndrangheta was formed in the 1860s, and is involved in kidnappings, corruption, drug trafficking, gambling and murders, according to the FBI.

It has between 100-200 members in the United States, mostly in New York and Florida.