Where are they now: the Mafia’s men in the UK

The London Daily News, March 11 1987

These are the current whereabouts and profiles of the Mafia network which has been operating in London from a base in Woking, Surrey for the last ten years.

25 years jail in UK: Francesco ‘Dino’ Di Carlo.    Born 18.2.41 in Altofonte, Sicily. Aged 46. The Sicilian Mafia’s top man in London. Wanted by Italian authorities for drug trafficking, extortion and murder. Implicated in the death of senior Italian policemen. Active in UK since 1977, resident since 1982. London business interests include a hotel, two travel agencies and a wine bar Last UK address: Brackendene House, Woking (value: £300,000). Main defendant in Old Bailey trial.

25 years jail in UK: Filippo Monteleone.        Born 5.4.44 in Palermo, Sicily. Aged 42. Di Carlo’s right-hand man in the UK. Wanted by Italian authorities for drug trafficking and Mafia conspiracies. Implicated by British Customs in smuggling cannabis, cocaine and heroin into London. Resident in UK since 1976. Last UK address: 16 Thaxted Court, Abbeyfield Road, London SE16. Defendant in Old Bailey trial.

25 years jail in UK: Francesco ‘Franco’ Siracusa.      Born 25.11 54 in Sicily. Aged 32. Grew up in Montreal, Canada. Convicted there for drugs and indecency offences. Professional builder and decorator. Middle-ranking Mafia ‘fixer’. Sent to UK in 1983 to set up front company for drug smuggling. Visited India to set up supply of cannabis to London. Last UK address: 5 Westfield Road, Woking. Defendant in Old Bailey trial.

22 years jail in UK: Antonio ‘Toff’ Luciani.          Born 22.12.44 in Palermo province, Sicily. Aged 42. Wanted by Italian authorities for drug trafficking. Worked for an Italian MP in Sicily. Believed to be ‘bag man’, responsible for moving Mafia cash in and out of UK. Set up front company used to smuggle heroin and cannabis through London. Resident in UK since 1976. Married to a north London teacher. Last UK address: 44a Lincoln Road, Enfield. Defendant in Old Bailey trial.

On the run: Alfonso Caruana.            Born 1.1.46 Castelvetrano, Sicily. Aged 41. Wanted by Italian authorities for drug trafficking and Mafia conspiracies. Architect of a world-wide network of secret bank accounts used to launder millions of pounds of Mafia money. Resident in UK since 1982. Children at English private schools. Last UK address: Broomfiled Manor, Foxhanger Lane, Woking (Value: £425,000). On the run – believed to be running businesses in Venezuela.

On the run: Pasquale Caruana.           Born 9.3.48 Aged 38. Money-launderer. Heroin smuggler. On trial in his absence for Mafia conspiracies at the Cage Trial in Sicily. Married to Plymouth-born Sheilagh Dagwell. Resident in UK since 1982. Last UK address: The Hook, Hook Heath, Woking (Value £325,000). On the run – last sighted in Montreal, Canada.

Jailed in Canada: Gerlando Caruana.       Born 9.10.43. Aged 43. Brother of Alfonso and Pasquale. Heroin smuggler. Boss of the Canadian operation. Married in Sicily with Italian Cabinet minister as witness. Implicated in “Pizza connection” – the supply of tons of heroin through Canada to pizza shops in USA. Ran a string of video stores as a front. Last address: 416 Pont Neuf, Longeuil, Quebec. Convicted in Montreal last year; now serving 20 years in Canada.

Deported to Canada: Alberto Gualtieri.       Born 3.10.54 in Sicily. Aged 32. Resident in Canada. Low-ranking Mafia soldier. Convicted of smuggling 250 kilos of cannabis into the UK with Francesco Siracusa in December 1984. Last address: 5 Westfield Road, Woking. Convicted at Old Bailey last year; recently deported to Canada after serving sentence.

Jailed in Canada: Luciano Zambito.             Born 10.5.38. Aged 48. Gerlando Caruana’s lieutenant in Canada. Heroin smuggler. Missing two fingers from his right hand. Responsible for laundering millions of dollars of Mafia drugs money through Swiss bank accounts. Caught with nearly 30 kilos of heroin in his Chevrolet. Last address: 7132 Pierre Gadois, Montreal. Convicted in Montreal last year; now serving 20 years in Canada.

Jailed in Canada: Filippo Vaccarello.          Born 7.3.40. Aged 47. Heroin smuggler. Formed the Canadian front company, Canada Inc, which imported heroin into Canada. Captured with nearly 30 kilos of heroin. Last address: 545 Daviau Les Cedres, Soulange, Quebec. Convicted in Montreal last year; now serving 20 years in Canada.

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