Mafia used croc to terrorise

| 25/09/2009

(BBC): Italian police say they have seized a crocodile they believe was used by a suspected mafia boss to terrorise people into paying protection money. The reptile was 1.7m (5.5ft) long and weighed 40kg (88lb). It was found during a weapons search at the man’s home in the southern town of Caserta. It was kept on the terrace and fed live rabbits in full view of neighbouring homes, police said. The mafia suspect was charged with illegal animal possession. The crocodile has been sent to a rehabilitation centre. Maurizio Vallone, head of Italy’s anti-mafia squad, said the animal had been held in a secure area of the terrace fitted with high-tech video surveillance.

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