Italy, US arrest 24 in mob drug smuggling case

By By TOM HAYS and NICOLE WINFIELD

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a New York City man conspired with a powerful Italian organized crime syndicate in a drug trafficking plot that stretched across three continents.

Franco Lupoi was among seven people arrested on Tuesday in the New York City area. Italian authorities arrested Lupoi's father-in-law and 16 other people as part of the international investigation.

U.S. authorities allege Lupoi used his Italian connections to hatch a failed plot to smuggle cocaine from Guyana to southern Italy's region of Calabria inside frozen fish and canned pineapple. They also have accused him of selling more than a kilo of heroin to an undercover agent in Manhattan.

Lupoi has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Brooklyn. He's been ordered held without bail.

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