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January 13 - Ranking Chicago Outfit member, Joseph Lombardo, is arrested by FBI agents in Elmwood Park, Illinois.

February 20 - Kansas City mob boss Anthony Civella dies of natural causes.

March 5 - Mafia hitman, Richard Kuklinski, dies of natural causes at the age of 70.

March 23 - Police arrest dozens of people in several regions of Italy, as well as Spain and Morocco, and seize more than 20 tonnes of cocaine and 17,000 tonnes of hashish in an international drug trafficking ring, involving the Calabrian Mafia ('Ndrangheta) and criminal groups in Latin America and Morocco.

March - 10 members of at least two of New York's five families (some sources citing from the Bonanno and the Lucchese crime families; others suggesting the Gambino crime family) arrested for stock manipulation. March 27 - 4 persons found shot dead in Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy with no indications into what could have motivated the murder.

March 27 - A narco submarine being constructed on the orders of the Calabrian mafia ('Ndrangheta), to transport cocaine from Colombia to Italy, seized.

March 27 - The two sons of former mobster, Francesco "Frank" Frassetto, plead guilty to drugs charges in court; both claiming the involvement of their father.

March 28 - 17 arrested for drug trafficking in Reggio di Calabria, Calabria, Italy.

March 30 - Gambino crime family acting underboss, Anthony Megale, pleads guilty to extortion charges.

March 31 - Cleveland mob boss turned government informant, Angelo Lonardo, dies of natural causes.

April - Sicilian mafia boss Salvatore Riina stands trial for the murder of Mauro De Mauro, a reporter who disappeared in 1970.

April 4 - Bernardo Provenzano mentions Matteo Messina Denaro as a possible successor as boss of the Sicilian mafia. However this fact is only realized after Provenzano's capture when police decipher messages sent between Provenzano and other mobsters. This presupposes that Provenzano has the power to nominate a successor, which is not unanimously accepted among Mafia observers. "The Mafia today is more of a federation and less of an authoritarian state," according to anti-Mafia prosecutor Antonio Ingroia of the Direzione distrettuale antimafia (DDA) of Palermo, referring to the previous period of authoritarian rule under Salvatore Riina.

April 6 - NYPD officers, Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, are convicted for the murders of 8 men on the orders of mobsters.

April 11 - Sicilian mafia boss, Bernardo Provenzano, captured by police outside of Corleone after more than 40 years of hiding. Several mafiosi were mentioned as his successor. Among the rivals were Matteo Messina Denaro (from Castelvetrano and the province of Trapani), Salvatore Lo Piccolo (boss of Tommaso Natale area and the mandamento of San Lorenzo in Palermo), and Domenico Raccuglia from Altofonte. Provenzano allegedly nominated Messina Denaro in one of his pizzini – small slips of paper used to communicate with other mafiosi to avoid phone conversations, found at Provenzano's hide out.

April 13 - National Police arrest a Moroccan man Tarifa, Cádiz province, Spain, for alleged links to Cosa Nostra.

April 13 - Salvatore Terracciano, head of a leading Camorra clan, arrested with 11 other family members and associates.

April 13 - Giuseppe Arena, head of a 'Ndrangheta clan in Catanzaro, Calabria, arrested alongside his "right hand man", Francesco Gentile.

April 14 - Five people arrested in Messina, Sicily in further investigations into Sicilian and Calabrese organized crime

April 20 - Marco Rodolfo del Vento, financier and alleged front man for Sicilian mafia boss Biagio Crisafulli, arrested in the Balearic Islands.

April 24 - Joseph Mastronardo is stopped on his way home from Florida and has $500,000 cash seized from his car and $2 million from his home.


May 3 - Bernardo Provenzano goes on trial via a videolink from a high security Italian prison.

May 5 - Palermo shopkeepers dub the 5th of May "Pizzo Free Day", a celebration of independence from the Sicilian Mafia's Palermo protection racket.

May 11 - Springfield, Massachusetts mobsters Frank Depergola and Armando L. Botta plead guilty to loansharking.

May 12 - Sicilian mafia associate Ottavio Lo Cricchio has assets worth €30 million, including a horse race track, frozen by the Finance Police of Palermo.

May 13 - Sicilian mafia associate Vincenzo Piazza has assets worth €17.5 million, including villas in Pozzillo and Cinisi, frozen by the Finance Police of Palermo.

May 14 - Anti-mafia magistrate Giuseppe Narducci calls for all Italian football "elites" (players, managers, coaches etc.) to help investigations into corruption in the Serie A division. Leading teams, Turin based Juventus F.C. and Rome based S.S. Lazio, are both under investigation.

May 15 - New York-Cleveland mobster Gregory De Palma goes on trial for racketeering.

May 17 - Camorra crime boss Paulo Di Lauro is sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on charges of mafia association, extortion and drug smuggling.

May 18 - A three-day forum on identity theft and fraud, including mob turncoat Michael Franzese as a guest speaker, is launched for police in the Gold Country Casino, Butte County, California.

May 21 - King Charles, Carl Valenti has RICO and CCE charges dropped, federal agents believe there was witness tampering Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture.

May 22 - Two NYPD officers, Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, who worked as mob hitmen for Lucchese crime family underboss, Anthony Casso, are sentenced for their roles in the murder of several men between 1986 and 1990.

May 26 - Sicilian mafia turncoat Francesco Marino Mannoia is awarded €1 million to start a legitimate business.

May 28 - Rita Borsellino, antimafia politician and sister of late antimafia magistrate Paolo Borsellino, loses to Salvatore Cuffaro, incumbent president and alleged mafia associate, in the 2006 Regional Election of Sicily.

May 31 - Joseph Vito Mastronardo and John V. Mastronardo are charged with bookmaking and criminal conspiracy.


June 5 - Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa are sentenced to life imprisonment but have the verdict postponed until June 23.

June 6 - Gambino crime family captain Gregory DePalma is convicted of racketeering.

June 7 - Transcripts of recordings of mobster Frank Calabrese, Sr. by his mobster turned government witness son Frank Calabrese, Jr. are released.

June 7 - Buffalo crime family associate Leonard Mordino and 10 others are arrested in a cocaine ring.

June 9 - Sicilian criminal Domenico Farina is murdered in Catania.

June 9 - Matthew Ianniello is indicted in Connecticut for collecting $500,000 from a corrupt trash collector.

June 10 - The alleged boss of the Messina based Tortoriciani clan Francesco Cannizzo has property worth €1.2 million confiscated.

June 12 - Sicilian mobster Salvatore Lupo is arrested in Catania by the piazza Dante Unit Carabinieri.

June 12 - New Jersey mobster Stefano Vitabile is sentenced to life imprisonment for ordering the murder of one time boss John D'Amato. D'Amato was a homosexual, an offence punishable by death. In court the killer, Anthony Capo explained "Nobody's gonna respect us if we have a gay homosexual boss sitting down discussing La Cosa Nostra business,".

June 16 - Gambino crime family associate and "Corporation" crime family leader Alex Rudaj is sentenced to 27 years for racketeering and extortion.

June 16 - The french leader in organized crime Jacky Imbert : "Mad Jacky" was sentenced to four years for exorting from Paris businessmen in the early 1990s, in Marseille.

June 19' - Frank D. Frassetto admits in federal court to conspiring with his son Phillip M. Frassetto to distribute a kilogram of cocaine.

June 19 - Italian MP Gaspare Giudice is charged with mafia association.

June 20 - Italian authorities issued 52 arrest warrants against the top echelon of Cosa Nostra in the city of Palermo (Operation Gotha). Study of the pizzini showed that Provenzano’s joint deputies in Palermo were Salvatore Lo Piccolo and Antonio Rotolo, capo-mandamento of Pagliarelli. In a message referring to an important decision for Cosa Nostra, Provenzano told Rotolo: "It's up to you, me and Lo Piccolo to decide this thing." The investigations showed that Rotolo had built a kind of federation within the mafia, comprising 13 families grouped in four clans. His right-hand men were Antonio Cinà – who used to be the personal physician of Salvatore Riina and Provenzano – and the builder Francesco Bonura. The city of Palermo was ruled by this triumvirate replacing the Commission whose members are all in jail.

August 10 - Several bones are discovered by a farmer, in a property close to the hideout of Sicilian mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano, in Corleone. The property is dubbed a "mafia graveyard" after two jawbones, vertebrae, a breast bone with bullets wounds and two skulls with shotgun wounds are found buried in the soil. "The area has been impounded and a search of the field is taking place and will continue for the next few days. The suspicion is that further bodies will be discovered." said Corleone prosecutor Alberto Di Pisa.

August 10 - A US Appeals Court judge rules that the reduced sentence handed down to Massachusetts mafia captain Vincent M. Ferrara by a District Court last year should remain upheld.

August 11 - Anti-mafia investigations on Union of Christian Democrats representative member Onofrio Fratello conclude with a one and a half prison sentence.

August 17 - The reputed head of the Montreal Cosa Nostra, Vito Rizzuto, is extradited to the US to face murder and racketeering charges related to the 1981 murder of 3 Bonanno crime family captains; Dominick Trinchera, Philip Giaccone and Alphonse Indelicato.


September - 18 year old Salvatore Montani, a relative of jailed Naples/Apulia crime boss Andrea Montani, is killed in a gangland slaying.

September 4 - Anthony "Little Tony" Zizzo disappears. His car is found in Melrose Park, but there is no sign of foul play.

September 5 - Neapolitan mafiosi Raffaele Caldarelli is arrested in London after evading authorities for more than 10 years.

September 20 - Bonanno crime family captains Peter Calabrese and Louis Attanasio plead guilty to the 1984 murder of Cesare Bonventre. They are both sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.


October 30 - Giovanni Montani, a young footballer, is shot dead in Naples. Although a seemingly innocent victim Montani's imprisoned uncle Andrea Montani is the allegedly the head of a dominant Camorra crime family in the Bari area of Apulia. Giovanni Montani's cousin was shot dead in September of this year. Palermo Financial Police confiscate goods and real estate worth €104 million from Sicilian businessman Angelo Prisinzano for mafia related criminal association. Two others had assets confiscated; all three had been under investigation since February of 2005.

October 31 - Pittsburgh mob boss Michael Genovese dies of natural causes at the age of 87.

October 31 - 3 people are killed in Naples in what appears to be a bloody turf war involving two Camorra groups for control of the drug trade.

October 31 - All eleven of the prosecutors leading anti-mafia investigations in Catania, Sicily, resign this week because of the severe lack of funding causing them to personally finance the operations.


November 2 - A man is stabbed in Naples, leaving him in a serious condition in hospital.

November 3 - The Italian government pledges to post 1000 extra police officers in Naples after the spate of violence that saw 12 people killed in 10 days.

November 6 - Italian business man, Angelo Cottarelli, is found in his home, still alive but with his neck cut to near decapitation, his family dead. It seems that Cottarelli was made to watch his family die before his throat was cut and he was left to die. The attacks was perpetrated, it seems, by the 'Ndrangheta.

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