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Italian police arrest suspected mafia boss

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  • Suspect Franco Letizia, 32, considered one of Italy's most dangerous criminals
  • Letizia went into hiding last year after police issued arrest warrant
  • Charges include criminal organization, money laundering
  • Two others, including Letizia's landlord, also arrested
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ROME, Italy (CNN) -- Italian police have arrested a suspected mafia boss who is considered one of the most dangerous criminals in the country, according to Italian media reports Tuesday.

Franco Letizia, 32, was arrested Monday shortly before midnight near Caserta, about 20 miles (32 km) outside Naples, according to Italy's state-run news agency, ANSA. Two others, including his landlord, also were arrested in the operation, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported.

Letizia went into hiding last year after police issued an arrest warrant for him on charges of criminal organization and money laundering, according to Corriere della Sera.

Letizia is believed to have taken over as boss of the Naples' Casalesi clan after the January arrest of Giuseppe Setola, the paper reported.

The powerful Casalesi clan belongs to the Neapolitan mafia known as Camorra. It is featured in the best-selling book "Gomorrah" -- a play on the word "Camorra" -- written by Roberto Saviano, who now lives under constant police protection.

Saviano has said he may have to leave Italy to escape constant death threats from the mafia and its supporters.

CNN's Alessandro Gentile contributed to this report

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