Thirty-two people arrested and taken to prison and 10 others subject to the prohibition of residence in Rome. All belonging to a criminal organization dedicated to drug trafficking with an operational and logistics base in the Tor Bella Monaca district. This is the result of the double blitz that took place on the morning of June 9th.
Two operations that the District Anti-Mafia Directorate and the Rome Public Prosecutor wanted to combine into a single strand that allowed to determine the existence of an association with a pyramidal structure, whose components each played a well-defined role: coordinators of the shop square , responsible for packing the doses, pusher, lookouts, employees for the supply of the substance to be transferred and in charge of the recovery of the money.
But not only. The group, coordinated by Leonardo Bevilacqua called Bruno lo Zingaro and Manolo Romano alias Pisolo, managed to earn 300 thousand euros per month and also provided a sort of welfare for the pushers, a mutual assistance between the members in case of arrest: a part of the earnings in fact, it was intended to support the associates who, in case of arrest, were immediately replaced. This is how, in the last three years, they have been doing business between via Scozza and Largo Ferruccio Mengaroni.
The h24 shop in Tor Bella Monaca at the R8 and R10
The retail sale was done 24 hours a day. The pushers of different ages (ranging from 17 to 45 years), both male and female, and of different nationalities (especially Italians and North Africans), were divided into pre-established shifts also to evade controls by the police .
The drug was also hidden in the most disparate places (such as in flower beds, under plants, under stones, behind walls, in entrance halls of buildings and so on).
A structured organization with a shop in the street that represented a real marketing strategy to ensure more profitable revenues: despite being more risky, in fact, this activity is, at the same time, considered a way to attract more customers, often afraid to enter in a closed alley or in a doorway to buy drugs.
Leonardo Bevilacqua, known as Bruno the Gypsy, and Manolo Romano, aka Pisolo, have been arrested
According to what emerged from the investigations of the carabinieri and the financial guard, it was possible to reconstruct the roles of the various associates within the organization that was headed by the two half-brothers Leonardo Bevilacqua, called Bruno the Gypsy, and Manolo Romano, aka Pisolo.
The two, despite being confined in prison, managed the activity of the shop from a distance, coordinated the operations by providing indications to the direct trustees thanks to Bevilacqua’s partner, ‘Sassa’, through which they also received sustenance, with the money coming from the sale of the drug, necessary for the maintenance of the family and the payment of legal fees.
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The investigations of the maxi blitz in Tor Bella Monaca: the Jericho II and Marrakesh operations
The investigation by the Carabinieri, who today carried out 26 precautionary measures (23 in prison and 3 prohibitions of residence) out of the 42 total, represents the continuation of the activities carried out within the Jericho operation.
Bruno the Gypsy and Pisolo, particularly known in the area for their criminal record and for the violent methods used on the square, were arrested only a few years ago on an order issued by the investigating magistrate of Rome, again by the Carabinieri of the Frascati Investigation Unit, as held responsible for kidnapping for extortion purposes.
On that occasion they had become protagonists of the lightning kidnapping of two minors, children of the cohabiting partner of a convicted Tor Bella Monaca, held responsible for having only partially honored a debt of about 50 thousand euros accrued with the two half brothers in the context of the activity of drug dealing.
Investigative activities also made it possible to identify drug supply channels. Similar evidence emerged during the investigations of the 2nd Metropolitan Operational Unit of the Guardia di Finanza in Rome.
The recipients of the 16 precautionary measures (9 in prison and 7 prohibitions of residence) carried out today by the Yellow Flames as part of the Marrakesh operation, after the numerous arrests suffered over time by the organization and, above all, the return to the field of Pisolo – in the meantime released – continued to operate with them, especially through the use of North African labor (hence the name of the operation).
It emerged, in particular, that the proceeds from the illegal activity (over 10,000 euros per day) were divided according to a precise allotment criterion: 80% per head; 15% to those in charge of packaging and supplying the narcotic drug and the remaining 5% to pushers. For the lookouts, the fixed remuneration was € 100 per day.
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Those who did not respect the rules established by the top management, on the other hand, were subject to a reduction in their daily wages or even corporal punishment. This is what happened to one of the square chiefs, Polpetta ‘, violently beaten and removed from the organization because he was accused of paying part of the goods with fake money.