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Italian mafia leader arrested in Spain over $1.3B drug-trafficking empire

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, Spain -- A leading Italian mafia figure suspected of running a billion-euro drugs-trafficking empire was arrested in southern Spain, the ANSA news agency reported Wednesday.

Giuseppe Polverino, 53, was arrested in a joint operation run by Italian and Spanish police in the Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera.

Polverino was a suspected member of the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra, and allegedly ran a drug-trafficking empire
worth an estimated €1 billion ($1.3 billion), the report said.

Officers also arrested 48-year-old Raffaele Vallefuoco, also a member of the Camorra, who was with Polverino during the police raid.