SCU: 37 Arrested on Mafia Charges in Brindisi, Italy

Italian police have made 37 arrests today in Brindisi, Puglia. Those arrested were charged with being members of the United Holy Crown (Sacra Corona Unita, or SCU).

Sacra Corona Unita is a mafia-style organization formed in 1981 by Raffaele Cutolo, who wanted to expand Camorra activities into the Italian region of Apulia. It was originally founded as Nuova Grande Camorra Pugliese. However, a few years later the group began operating independently under the leadership of Giuseppe Rogoli, who found inspiration in several Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta leaders. The SCU is regarded as the fourth and smallest Mafia in Italy, behind ‘Ndrangheta, Cosa Nostra and Camorra.

The arrests today include charges such as drug trafficking, drug distribution, being in possession of illegal weapons and extortion.

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