Wednesday, March 12, 2008

La Sacra Corona Unita

The baby, so to speak, of Italian organized crime is the Sacra Corona Unita (Holy United Crown), based in Puglia, the heel of the Italian boot.

The SCU can be traced only a few decades back when it began as an offshoot of the Neapolitan Camorra. It has since thrived due to its location in southeastern Italy, allowing for all sorts of trafficking with the formerly Communist areas across the Adriatic. It is also involved in the flourishing wine and olive oil industries of the region.

In the photo, the Salento area of Puglia.