Italian police arreast mafia boss

 

Italian police have arrested the head of a powerful Calabrian mafia clan who is on a list of Italy's 30 most dangerous criminals.

Salvatore Coluccio, who has been on the run since 2005, is suspected of being a boss from the 'Ndrangheta - which has become Italy's most powerful crime syndicate - and ran a clan deeply entrenched in the drug trade, police said.

He is being charged with mafia links and drug-trafficking among other crimes. Police said he was found hiding in a bunker in his house in Roccella Jonica, in the southern state of Calabria.

The 'Ndrangheta dominates the drug trade in Europe and a feud between rival clans led to the 2007 shooting murders of six men outside a pizza restaurant in Duisburg in northwest Germany.