Drug Gang Inspired by Film Is Arrested in Chile

By Dialogo
July 26, 2012

The Chilean police arrested 12 people in Santiago, accused of belonging to a gang of drug traffickers that was inspired by the famous film The Godfather (1972) and applied the symbols and modus operandi of that mafia film, allegedly for the purpose of drug trafficking.

In the operation, the Investigative Police (PDI) seized vehicles, firearms, 26 kilos of cocaine base, and 3 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride, and determined that the gang possessed assets worth 1.2 million dollars.

The gang was formed by a clan that called itself “Los Corleone”, like the family at the center of Francis Ford Coppola’s film, and was led by brothers José and Eduardo Madariaga, who allegedly imported large amounts of drugs and also had several slot-machine businesses.

“They dressed well, they used luxury vehicles to get around, they acted as a family, just like in the film,” Deputy Prefect Iván Villanueva explained.

According to the PDI, the gang “dismantled any activity opposed to their family group,” and involved residents of the neighborhood, where “they were very well liked.”

In order to mark the commercial establishments that formed part of their territory, they used the image of mobster Vito Corleone, played in the film by Marlon Brando, and in order to communicate among themselves, they used the film’s slang.

“Posting this symbol of Vito Corleone was a way to intimidate their neighbors or discourage any criminal group that might want to do them harm,” Villanueva said.

The deputy prefect said that when the leader of the organization was asked about the reason for these symbols, he replied that Vito Corleone was his idol.

The arrestees will appear in court on July 31.