Driving in drug trafficking, extortion, cover-up, auction manipulation and various etcetera more. Maria Licciardi, 70, is one of the most powerful women in the Neapolitan mafia and the head of an important clan. She was arrested at the Rome airport when she was about to travel to Spain.
Licciardi is also known as as “La piccoletta” for his short stature. She is the sister of the late Gennaro Licciardi, founder of the Camorra family clan established in the suburbs of Scampia and Secondigliano in Naples.
She is accused of mafia association, extortion, lifting of assets of illicit origin and manipulation of bids, increased crimes for the aggravation of the mafia purpose.
It was for all this that while she was about to dispatch her suitcases to fly to Malaga – where one of her daughters lives – three police officers approached her and detained her without offering any kind of resistance.
María Licciardi is classified as one of the most dangerous women in the world.
The piccoletta you know what to be in a jail. She was arrested in 2001 and released eight more later, in 2009. The instant she set foot on the street again took greater prominence. It is that before he shared power with his other two brothers, Vincenzo and Pietro, but from his freedom he took the reins alone and took full control of the clan.
Among his main tasks, according to the police, was the accounting of the group and he was also in charge of supporting the families of the gangsters who are in custody, matter that he made one of his priorities. Because of course, “the first thing is the family.”
The anti-mafia director of Italy until 2020, General Giuseppe Governale, warned that the influence of the Licciardi was “particularly” relevant in the Balearic Islands, for example, where the Camorra stands out, for its position of nexus with Latin America for drug trafficking.
While the prosecutor of the Sicilian capital, Palermo, Francesco Lo Voi, believes that the mafias seek to take advantage of the crisis of the pandemic to buy bankrupt companies in the tourism sector of the entire continent, especially on the Spanish coast or in France.
Image of Domenico Paviglianiti, the leader of the Italian ‘ndrangheta mafia, captured in Spain. Photo: AP
The suspicion of the investigators is that Licciardi was heading to Malaga to complete any of those businesses.
Two days ago, the Spanish police arrested in Madrid one of the top leaders of the Calabrian mafia, Domenico Paviglianiti, leader of the ‘ndrangheta mafia who had fled from Italian justice and was hiding in an apartment in the Spanish capital.
Paviglianiti was called “Boss of Bosses“by the Italian media for their role in crimes committed in the 1980s and 1990s, including murder and drug trafficking.