Blonde Mafia godmother called 'big female kitten' arrested
A BLONDE mafia Godmother, nicknamed the "big female kitten" has been arrested by Naples police.
Raffaella D'Alterio, 46, was held along with 65 other suspects in a series of dawn raids by armed officers who also used helicopters and sniffer dogs in the operation.
Ms D'Alterio allegedly took over the reins of the Italian Pianese-D'Alterio clan after her husband Nicola Pianese was murdered by rivals six years ago aged 45.
Three years later she suffered gunshot wounds herself after she was targeted by fellow mobsters jealous of her control of lucrative drug cartels in the crime ridden southern port city of Naples.
Her son Raffaele was also injured and at the time of the attempted murder the family's lawyer Pasquale Russo said: "Being the wife and son of a boss does not automatically make you a criminal or the leader of a clan. My client Raffaella has one conviction for a false statement to the council while her son has been cleared of possession of a weapon."
Pianese was nicknamed "o mussutto" which in Neapolitan dialect means "the big lipped one" while his wife is known as "a miciona" which translates as "the big female kitten."
Pianese's daughter Caterina has also been arrested in the past in connection with organised crime but today it was not immediately known if she and her brother were among those held in the latest operation.
The city and surrounding area is the heartland of the local Mafia known as the Camorra and there is a bloody turf war ongoing between rival factions with shootings and murders a daily occurrence.
Within the last 24 hours two people have been shot dead in the city including an 18 year old man lured to a rendezvous and then gunned down while the other was a bar owner in his 40s killed as he opened up his business.
Police said both were the victims of organised crime although there was no connection with D'Alterio's clan officers said.
She and the others were held on allegations of extortion, possessing illegal arms, robbery and dealing drugs.
She and her crime family are also said to have used violence and intimidation to tackle competition from rivals over an extortion and counterfeit money trafficking ring.
Police also seized properties and goods owned by the suspects, including car dealerships, bars, supermarkets, houses, fast cars and bank accounts.
She is also accused of building up ties with other clans in the Camorra, which has a vast international network that generates billions of pounds in profits from drug trafficking, counterfeit goods, waste disposal and construction.