Cops Seize Mafia Don's 'Croc Weapon'

Mobster accused of threatening to feed extortion victims to 6-foot beast
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2009 4:20 AM CDT
Police aren't sure how the crocodile, from a species native to South America, got to Italy.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Italian police have confiscated a crocodile they suspect was used by a Mafia boss to persuade people to cough up protection money. The gangster invited extortion victims to his home and threatened to set the crocodile on them if they didn't pay up, investigators say. He has has been charged with illegal animal possession. The croc has been sent to an animal rehabilitation center in Rome.