JAKARTA - Perfumes, famous designer clothes, and aphrodisiac were found in an apartment that, according to Italian investigators, was the final hideout of Sicilian mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro (60), a judicial source said on Tuesday.
The apartment is in an unassuming building near the center of Campobello di Mazara, a town in western Sicily's Trapani Province, just a few kilometers from Castelvetrano, Messina Denaro's hometown.
Investigators found clothes, shoes, a stocked fridge, and restaurant receipts there, said a judicial source. They also found powerful drugs.
"He leads a normal life, he goes to the supermarket," said judge Paolo Guido, one of the officials investigating Messina Denaro.
Neighbors described him as a friendly person.
"I live on the first floor of the building, sometimes I see this person, greet him and nothing else. He responds kindly," Rosario Cognata told Italian media.
Mob boss Messina Denaro is known for his penchant for luxury goods, including brand-name clothing and expensive sunglasses. Police said he was wearing a watch worth 35,000 euros when he was arrested.
Messina Denaro is believed to have lived in the apartment for the last year, a judicial source said, but police are still looking for other places where he may have spent time.
Messina Denaro, who was arrested Monday at a private clinic in Palermo after 30 years on the run, is being held in the central Italian city of L'Aquila, Palermo's prosecutor said. He was transferred from Sicily on the day of his arrest.
Investigators believe Messina Denaro was taken Monday to the La Maddalena Palermo clinic from Campobello in Mazara to be treated for cancer. The town was home to his aide Giovanni Luppino, who was arrested with him.
Nicknamed "U Siccu" (The Skinny One), Messina Denaro received 20 life sentences in a trial held in absentia for his role in a series of mob killings, including the bomb attack that killed anti-mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino in 1992.
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