Operation Ermano: 19 precautionary measures for drug trafficking

REGGIO CALABRIA – Medicines purchased at South Americacrossing to Spain and then resold throughout the nation. With the first light of dawn, the carabinieri fired blitz in its provinces Reggio Calabria, Milan, Parma, Verona and Vicenzaat the end of the investigations coordinated by the Prosecutor’s Office – Provincial Anti-Mafia Directorate of Reggio Calabria, in the context of Operation “Hermano”.

19 pre-trial detention warrants issued by the Capital Court – GIP – against those found guilty of involvement in an organized organization capable of managing a thriving drug trafficking that was purchased in South America and then spread across Spain the national territory.

Hermano means “brother”, as the suspects called each other

The company, conventionally called “Hermano” – “Brother” in Spanish, as the they were arrested, they used to call each otheris the culmination of a complex investigation conducted by Taurianova’s military and left from arrestin December 2017of a theme originating from Polistenafor illegal possession of drugs: during a police check, they were found hidden in the car that the man was driving 4 kg of dried hemp buds.

Starting from this fact, the reconstruction of the drug supply chain was fundamental, which, starting from this seizure, made possible the re-establishment of the existence of a well-organized criminal consortium, capable of managing illicit trafficking. marijuana, hashish and cocaine.

The mode of operation

The supply took place nationally or abroad and the suspects proceeded to import large batches of drugs into Italy. The drug was then transported, also in vehicles with “secret apartments», In major Italian cities, including Milan and Romewhere it was then divided into installments and sold.
Numerous drug seizures occurred during the activity, including the discovery of a huge cannabis plantation in an inaccessible mountainous area of ​​the municipality of Oppido Mamertina. Finally, with regard to the aggravating circumstance of the transnational nature of drug trafficking, in the complaint perspective, the arrested would have privileged relationships with Peruvian cocaine producers, thanks to which they could buy batches of drugs at competitive prices.

The drug was transferred to “liquid form”

So that diversion controls police forces or airport security checks, the drug was transported in liquid form, impregnated with suitcases or other containersas found on the occasion of a discovery made in Biellawhere the carabinieri abducted 250 grams of cocaine were transferred to a trolley adopting this method, together with two bins with the solvent in which, in all probability, it would then serve the reverse process of extracting the substance.

For investigator Sergi, the episode is “worthy of a better Hollywood movie set“In essence,” a gang of prisoners, mostly South Americans – the decree says – revealed external provisions on where, how and when to trade cocaine or ordered doses of the same drug to be sent to prison, and finally provided information. “for drug trafficking to and from Ecuador. All through the illegal use of a mobile phone equipped with a regular sim card.”

Some suspects are believed to be linked to “Dragetta”. Others, however, according to the investigation, were in contact with characters associated with the Calabrian mafia gangs, such as Papalia who operated in Milan or was associated with Molé di Gioia Tauro, Cacciola-Grasso di Rosarno, Ierace di Cinquefrondi, Manno -Maiolo di Families Caulonia and Porters of Novigrad. Among the suspects, in fact, is Luigi Fatsineri, for whom the investigator rejected the arrest. The archives of the investigation, coordinated by prosecutor Giovanni Bobardieri, also include the De Stefano family of Reggio Calabria. According to the prosecutors, in fact, with an unknown spokesman of the Archi tribe, Carmelo Bonfiglio would have paid 25 thousand euros in advance for the purchase in Spain and the transport of marijuana cargo to Italy.

The suspects, 7 in prison and 12 in house arrest

Carmelo Bonfiglio, 42 years old, is believed to have been one of the supporters and organizers of the criminal association and, according to the accusation, kept in touch with Spanish and Albanian suppliers. But above all with the Peruvians. In fact, according to the DDA, those arrested would have a privileged relationship with these latest cocaine producers, thanks to which they could buy batches of drugs at competitive prices: 32 thousand euros per kilo against a purchase price ranging from 35 to 40 thousand euros.
Prison also for 44-year-olds Rocco Camillò, Diego Giovinazzo (46 years old), Palmiro Cannatà (62 years old), Salvatore Sanò (60 years old), Damiano Veneziano (33 years old) and Antonio Pedullà (36 years old). The investigator ordered her residence for Antonio De Luca 71 years old, Antonio Ranieli (71 years old), Francesco Macrillò (64 years old), Francesco La Cognata (44 years old), Maurizio Scicchitani (55 years old), Antonio Zangari (53 years old), Gino Carlo Melziade (50 years old) )), Peruvian Oscar Bruno Bagigalupo Lobaton (47 years old), Donato Melziade (63 years old), Endri Dalipaj (33 years old), Gioacchino Marco Molé (30 years old) and Riccardo Ierace (34 years old).

I am 56 suspects in the investigation began in December 2017 after being arrested during a police search. Then, in fact, inside a car, the carabinieri found 3 kilos and 400 grams of dried indica hemp inflorescence. After that kidnapping, he was first located in Palmiro Cannatà and then in Carmelo Bonfiglio, thus managing to rebuild the drug supply chain, but also to outline the structure of the criminal gang that can manage the trafficking of marijuana, hashish and cocaine. It turned out that those arrested were able to import large batches of drugs into Italy. The cargo was hidden in “secret compartments” inside vehicles used to transport it to major Italian cities, including Milan and Rome. There the drug was divided into doses and marketed.

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