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Although many arrests have been made organized crime and the Mafia are still very active Organized crime and its families particularly the Italian mafia have increased their illegal activities significantly over the past few decades The Mafia and organized crime go hand and hand one cannot be spoken without the other Both of these forms of criminal actions have been recognized since the late 1800s and police say it is not disappearing too fast Widener 6Migration from Italy has brought over many Italian criminals and crime tactics The Italian Mafia has always been based on the island of Sicily and the southern mainland provinces of Calabria and Campania Worsnop 273 Traffic in drugs chiefly heroin provides the bulk of the Italian Mafias revenue from Sicily Cocaine is becoming more important however as drug lords from Colombia try to expand beyond the Americas To gain a foothold in Europe the Colombians have got to strike deals with the Mafia which ironically guards its home turf 273 Italy in general has added to the crime list of the Mafia for over 100 years The famous Al Capone the Italian-American gangster of the Prohibition era also known as Scarface because of a knife cut to his cheek Nash 79 He was born Alphonse Capone in Naples Italy and raised in Brooklyn New York He left school at an early age and spent nearly ten years hanging-out with gangs In the 1920s he took over a Chicago organization dealing in illegal liquor gambling and prostitution from the gangster Johnny Torrio 80 Convicted of income tax evasion in 1931 and sentenced to 11 years in prison he was released in 1939 After obtaining syphilis he went on to reside in Miami Beach Florida 80 Many Italian families are a major influence on the organized crime melting pot Families such as the Colombos the Gambinos the Bannannos and the Luchesses have migrated from Italy and play an important role in
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