They named it after Zeus’ Operation Catania Flying Squad that wiped out the Milanese Corsotti clan. There are 24 suspects, 20 of whom ended up in prison, three are under house arrest and a woman is subject to the precautionary measure of duty to appear before the judicial police.
The investigations were coordinated by the District Anti-Mafia Directorate and carried out jointly by the Flying Squad – Organized Crime Section of the Catania Police Headquarters and the Central Operations Service of the State Police, conducted between November 2018 and September 2019, focused on the Corsotti Milanesi mafia clan, active in the San Birello Novo.
The core of the investigation consists of objections and statements also from the four Pentiti.
The Cursoti Milanesi managed to regain control in Corso Indipendenza after various raids made the clan almost disappear. The investigations by the COS and the Flying Squad involved both parties that historically make up the Corsotti Milanesi clan: the group allegedly led by the brothers Francesco and Carmelo Di Stefano, sons of the historical clan leader Gaetano known as the “guts of Tano”, and the group that could be attributed to Rosario Pitara is understood Including “u furasteri”, and the latter died in 2020.
The investigation crystallized various moments of internal tremor within the clan after the criminal rise of Carmelo Di Stefano against the historical group led by Pitara, which led to a series of shootings. Nicola Christian Baresi, “u scinziatu”, acting under the care of the elderly Pitara, “u furasteri”, would in turn oppose Di Stefanos for control of the organization and the “drug yards” in San Beryl New.
In this context of violence, the attempted murder against the son-in-law of Paris, Giuseppe La Placa, from which it is understood as “scars”, would have matured, which took place on the night of November 12, 2018 in San Perillo Nuovo due to the conflicts that arose in the wake of the alleged return of the latter in Clan Cursoti Milanesi, having passed through Cappello – Bonaccorsi in the past.
When Carmelo DiStefano was released from prison in 2018, thanks to his criminal appeal, he was able to unite the two factions of the family under his leadership.
Thus, the investigations made it possible to reconstruct the organizational chart of the mafia, the upper part of which would have been entrusted to Carmelo Distefano, with the help of lieutenants Natale Gurreri and Giuseppe Pitera, a relative of the deceased Capoclan.
In the same way, the adherents of the organization were identified, to whom the top management was to assign executive tasks (such as managing the various “traffic yards” in the area of San Perillo Novo or collecting extortions).
Investigators documented several “mafia summits” between members of the Corsotti Milanesi clan and the Capello-Bonaccorsi bosses with the aim of mediating some of the conflicts of an economic nature that arose between the two mafia gangs. The investigations also made it possible to identify the illegal behavior attributed to some historical associates of the Capello-Bonaccorsi mafia clan such as Carmelo Fazio “Melo Pedoni” and Camilo Zabala “U Tonaccho”, who allegedly had contact with the boss DiStefano and other members of the Corsotti Milanesi.
During the investigations, elements of confirmation were obtained in connection with an extortion carried out at the expense of the owner of a parking lot located in the San Pirillo Novo area, for which he was forced to pay various sums of money over the years to the clan’s collectors, as well as an attempt at extortion at the expense of a local businessman.
The investigation then showed the Corsotti Milanesi clan’s monopoly on several “shopping yards” in San Perello Novo, whose directors would have had to source supplies of cocaine and marijuana from Carmelo DiStefano, guaranteeing the clan huge and continuous illegal revenues that flowed into the organization’s “common fund”.
In this regard, in addition to reconstructing the criminal dynamics of the mafia, the investigations also identified the associative behavior aimed at the supply of narcotic substances such as cocaine, coming from Naples, and the identification of Neapolitan suppliers in some criminals in the Sautto-Ciccarelli di Caivano Camorra clan.
In particular, the cocaine trafficking was reconstructed on the Campania-Sicily axis, including the exposure of the Benito, where the role of the suspects Lorenzo Cristian Monaco and Luigi Scuderi, affiliated with the Cappello-Bonaccorsi clan (involved in the Camalonte investigation), who allegedly worked As cocaine traffickers in a joint venture with the Camorra clan in Kaifano.
In this context, several narcotic substances were seized, including the arrest related to the arrest of the Neapolitan “courier” Salvatore Sanguis, in 2019, in possession of 3 kilograms of cocaine destined for the Catania market.
The investigations reaffirmed the alleged danger of members of the Corsotti Milanese mafia clan who equipped themselves with firearms in order to guard their territory and defend their criminal affairs from possible interference by rival mafia groups, thus ensuring the necessary military contribution to support the confrontation. With other criminal groups in the city.
In this regard, during the activity some of the weapons supplied to the criminal association were seized, including an AK 47 submachine gun (complete with a package of 50 7.62×39 caliber cartridges), two pistols and a rifle.
Finally, the investigation established that a portion of the proceeds was intended for the maintenance of interned associates and their families for whom the clan chiefs had taken responsibility. In the course of the activity a practice also emerged, on the part of the mafia families most representative in the Catania scene, of creating secret gambling dens with joint investments and appropriating the illicit proceeds for the maintenance of high-ranking prisoners.
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