Vincenzo Di Lauro, son of the clan leader Paolo Di Lauro, neomelodic singer Tony Colombo, and Gaetano Marino’s widow, Tina Rispoli, were arrested along with 24 other individuals during an operation conducted by the DDA and the Carabinieri of Naples.
The operation led to the seizure of assets worth 8 million euros.
The charges include participation in a criminal association, auction tampering, and the aggravating factor of transnationality linked to cigarette smuggling.
Among the recipients of the precautionary measures is also a driver who worked for the District Anti-Mafia Directorate.
According to the investigations, the Di Lauro clan had invested in business activities, including the clothing sector and the creation of a brand called “Corleone”.
The energy drink “9 mm” and the clothing brand evoked the world of organized crime and were attributed to the Di Lauro clan.
The clan was also involved in cigarette smuggling from abroad, with over one and a half tons of illegal cigarettes imported and distributed.
The clan leaders, along with Tony Colombo and Tina Rispoli, invested half a million euros to start a cigarette factory to package packs for sale both in Italy and abroad.
The investigations focused on the period between 2017 and 2021 and revealed illicit activities such as drug trafficking, extortion, and threats to the relatives of a collaborator and to entrepreneurs participating in judicial auctions.
The Licciardi and Vinella Grassi clans provided support to the Di Lauro clan in their criminal activities.