Not just crumbs: Naples mobsters extort high price on bread

Camorra mobsters intimidated grocers and supermarkets in Naples into buying bread from clan-controlled bakeries at inflated prices, Italian prosecutors and police said Monday following a crackdown that included 24 arrests.

In an operation targeting the Lo Russo crime clan, police also seized three bakeries allegedly controlled by the clan and arrested an owner of one of them, authorities said.

The mobsters forced stores to buy their bakeries’ bread, with prices considerably higher than market prices, said Lt. Col. Giuseppe Furciniti, commander of the organized crime unit in Naples of the national financial police corps.