On delegation of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Catania, the Carabinieri of the Catania Piazza Dante Company, supported by the specialized departments of the Arma (Operational Intervention Company of the XII “Sicily” Regiment and Nucleo Cinofili), have carried out an order of precautionary custody issued by the Judge for Preliminary Investigations of the Court of Catania against 4 persons under investigation, for various reasons, of the crime of detention for the purpose of drug dealing.
The investigation, coordinated by the Public Prosecutor of the Etna Republic and conducted by the Operational Unit of the aforementioned Carabinieri Company, originates from the discovery of the body of the 57-year-old fisherman from Catania GS, which took place on 20 February 2021, when at 06:37 it was reported at 118 the presence of a lifeless body lying supine in the courtyard in front of a building of public housing located in via Toledo 51.
With the help made useless, the Carabinieri intervened immediately on the spot, after identifying the body, inspecting his mobile phone and examining all possible witnesses as well as the inhabitants of the building in question, focused and directed the investigative activity on a possible trafficking of substances. drugs right inside the building where the victim, in the early hours of that morning, had probably gone to buy cocaine, of which he would have become addicted for some time.
This investigative hypothesis, according to the investigators, would have been confirmed both by the analysis of the video surveillance cameras present in the area, and by the result of the autopsy examination on the corpse from which it emerged that the death of the man was due to a heart attack of the myocardium complicated by a rupture of the heart following an acute cocaine intoxication in a habitual user.
The soldiers of the Operational Unit of Piazza Dante therefore undertook a series of technical activities (telephone and environmental wiretapping) which made it possible to reveal how inside the house located on the third floor of the building in via Toledo 51, in use by Giuseppe Cannone , 53 years old already known to the police for specific precedents, there was a real family-run shop, directed by Cannone himself with the close collaboration of his partner Alfia Litrico, 42, of his sister-in-law Adriana Litrico, 28, and her husband Alfio D’Ignoti Parenti, 31 years old.
The investigative activity allowed not only to reconstruct the last hours of life of the fisherman who, at the end of a night of work at sea, had decided to buy cocaine from the Cannone family and to take it immediately, before returning home, subjecting the heart, already affected by other pathologies connected with its addiction, to a degree of irreversible toxicity and such as to cause a fulminant cardiac arrest that hit it a few meters from the building, but also to bring out the flourishing and structured business of dealing there present, mainly crack and cocaine, in which each of today’s recipients of precautionary measures had a well-defined role.
In particular – according to the investigators – Giuseppe Cannone, in addition to making his home available, would direct the operations, the packaging and the sale of the drug, receiving the orders and often giving it himself; Alfio D’Ignoti Parenti, would have followed the instructions of his brother-in-law, mainly dealing with retail sales even during the night; while the sisters Alfia and Adriana Litrico, would have actively participated in the criminal project of the companions, preparing daily the doses of narcotic destined for sale as well as keeping the accounts of the proceeds of the illicit activity.
There have been numerous episodes of drug dealing documented by the military from which it emerged that, in the days immediately following the unfortunate death, the illicit activity of the Cannone family had not stopped but had only generated in the suspects the decision to avoid the indiscriminate sale of drugs to unknown buyers who kept showing up outside their door (as in the case of the GS victim), and therefore to favor the sale of larger quantities of drugs exclusively to trusted buyers.
Cannone and D’Ignoti Parenti were subjected to the precautionary measure in prison, while the women were placed under house arrest.
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