Southern waste-trafficking gang busted

14 arrests between Puglia and Campania

(ANSA) - Rome, April 11 - Italia police on Friday bust a mafia waste-trafficking gang in southern Italy.
    Police said they had arrested 14 managers, partners and hauliers in waste-management firms on the borders of Campania and Puglia.
    The Black Land operation took place around the cities of Foggia, Caserta, Avellino and Benevento.
    The Neapolitan Camorra mafia has made huge profits and wreaked enormous environmental damage disposing of toxic waste around Naples, where cancer rates have spiralled in the so-called Terra dei Fuochi (Land of Fires).
    So called because of its burning trash piles, the area was once one of the loveliest in Italy and in ancient times the heart of the Romans' Campanian bread basket.
    The Italian government has sent in the army to try to help clean it up.
   

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