Police: Suspected Mafia Boss Arrested in Brazil

SAO PAULO-- Federal police in northeastern Brazil say they have arrested a suspected Italian mob boss.

Authorities based in the city of Fortaleza say in a statement that they arrested Francesco Salzano at the request of a court in Naples, Italy. The statement notes that the court describes Salzano as one of the leaders of Italy's Camorra crime syndicate and alleges he ordered the killings of three men in 2009.

The statement posted on the Federal Police department's website Saturday says that Salzano entered Brazil in May and that the Brazilian Supreme Court ordered his arrest last December after receiving the Italian court's request.

The statement notes that Salzano was arrested Thursday in Fortaleza and is being held at Federal Police headquarters there. It adds that Italy has requested his extradition.