Maria Licciardi boss, ‘a piccarella blocked in Ciampino
The Carabinieri del Ros arrested Maria Licciardi at the Rome-Ciampino airport, head of the clan of the same name in Secondigliano and a top member of the Secondigliano Alliance cartel. Sister of the boss Gennaro, known as’ a piccerella for her short stature and small physique, she had escaped a maxi blitz in 2019. The carabinieri of the ros have carried out a detention order of suspect of crime, issued by the Naples prosecutor.
The Licciardi clan has a stronghold in the Secondigliano district, in Masseria Cardone, but also branches in Campania, in other regions of Italy and alliances abroad. Maria Licciardi is the recipient of a prosecutor’s arrest and must answer for criminal association of a mafia type, extortion, receiving stolen money of illicit origin and disruption of the regular conduct of a judicial auction, crimes aggravated by mafia methods. After the death of his brother boss Gennaro, who died in a cell in Voghera in 1994, together with the other brothers Vincenzo and Pietro he had taken over the reins of the clan and of the cartel with the Contini called the Secondigliano Alliance, gaining more and more weight. Arrested in 2001, she was released from prison in December 2009 and since then she has taken over the management of the clan that can rely on bosses in the organization’s area of influence (Masseria Cardone, Don Guanella district, Berlingieri and Vasto district). The Licciardi, compared to other Neapolitan clans, can also boast non-conflictual relationships with many other clans, from the Mallardo, to the Di Lauro, to the Vinella Grassi group, to the powerful Polverino, managing not to be involved in the recent ‘wars’ in the northern area of Naples and to continue their traffic undisturbed.
Furthermore, Maria Licciardi has the ability to manage the common fund of the ‘family’ and promptly provided for the support of the families of the detained affiliates, also to avoid dangerous defections of repentants. His intervention on the occasion of a judicial auction concerning the auction sale of some properties in Secondigliano, and the threats addressed to a woman held responsible for having stolen a large sum of money from the mafia family. The investigations were also complicated by the habit of the chieftain of reclamation of the environments and of the means used by the organization to avoid the presence of interception devices. The control of the territory, obtained thanks to the massive use of sentinels, was chiefly and allowed Maria Licciardi to leave the area in case of anomalous presence of the police forces. So in June 2019 she had escaped the maxi blitz with 129 arrests, and then her lawyers had obtained the cancellation of that precautionary measure from the Review. The Secondigliano Alliance born with the boss Gennaro called ‘a signa, is formed by the Licciardi, the Contini and the Bosti of the Vasto-Arenaccia districts, as well as the Mallardo di Giugliano and exercises its activities according to precise criminal and distribution of the proceeds of common illicit activities.