The Italian mafia have been threatening ambulances for disturbing drug dealers with their sirens

Drug dealers in Italy

An ambulance driver in the southern city of Naples was threatened with his lief by two Italian mafia members recently for using his siren. According to a story on Mixmag, originally from RT, mafia have been threatening ambulances for disturbing drug dealers due to the similarities between their sirens and those of the police, disturbing the dealers conducting “business” and scaring off customers.

According to the report, two mafia members on a motorbike yelled to the ambulance driver, “Haven’t you understood you cannot use your siren here? Turn it off or we’ll shoot you.”

This incident is one of approximately 300 to have occurred in the area in the past three years, with drivers even not turning their sirens on until they leave the suburbs completely. “We have already been ordered not to use sirens in other neighborhoods, including Sanita and Traiano, where the locally based ambulance turns on its siren only after it leaves the area,” Manuel Ruggiero, an emergency doctor and community organiser, said.

Ambulance staff are now asking for police escorts to protect them from the mafia. These reports come as the world’s drug dealers have grappled with the pandemic, with some places like Australia reporting surging prices while others innovate new ways to continue business.

Words by Emma Jones
Image: Davide Oliva

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