Michele Gucciardi, one of the 11 men suspected of helping Denaro, is taken into custody in Palermo, Italy.
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Italian police Monday arrested 11 suspects linked to the fugitive head of the Sicilian Mafia, including a former boss who ran a secret message system for the mobster using a sheep-based code.Among those arrested was former boss Vito Gondola, 77, whose job it was to call the clan members to alert them to each new message, which was placed under a rock in a field at the farm and often destroyed on the spot after reading.Gondola, who despite his age rose every morning at 4 a.m. to tend to his flock, is believed to have once been a right-hand man to Riina. In the 1970s, he belonged to a gang used by the Mafia to carry out kidnappings, according to Italian media reports.The Sicilian Mafia, known as "Cosa Nostra" or "Our Thing," was the country's most powerful organized crime syndicate in the 1980s and 1990s, but has seen its power diminish following years of investigations and mass arrests.
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