Monday, 12 January 2009
Police suspect there are a number of people living within the county who have links to Italian organised crime groups, some of which are currently under investigation for serious criminality including witness intimidation and money laundering. Detectives said the investigations led to the arrest of Chorley man Giuseppe Persico, 34 at Faro Airport, Portugal, on behalf of the Italian authorities for drug trafficking in October 2008. A police spokesperson said: “We are convinced that there are people in Lancashire who have knowledge about individuals that are linked to the Italian mafia. “These people could be involved in serious and organised crime at the highest level and I would ask anyone who knows who these people are, or has any information that could help with our inquires to contact us.