Italian mob boss Rocco Morabito was arrested Monday in Joao Pessoa in northeast Brazil, almost two years after he escaped from a prison in Uruguay, where he was awaiting extradition to Italy. Morabito, who was a captain of Italy’s ‘ndrangheta Mafia, was arrested after a joint investigation between Italy and Brazil’s federal police. He is wanted in Italy on charges of drug trafficking.
Francesco “Frank” Cali, the reputed leader of the Gambino crime family, was shot to death outside his house in Staten Island on Wednesday night, in a killing that echoes Mafia murders of the 1980s. Cali was commonly known as either Frank or “Franky Boy.” He was believed to have had deep ties to the Mafia in Italy: As Staten Island Live reports, Cali “was born in Brooklyn and married into the Inzerillo family of Palermo and cultivated close ties with members of the Siderno cartel in Italy.” Cali was first reported to be in charge of the Gambino family in 2015.