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Scarface bust found in real-life mobster's home

Italian police discovered a life-size bust of Al Pacino as ‘Scarface’ during a raid outside Naples.
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LONDON, UK – Italian police discovered a life-size porcelain bust of Al Pacino as Cuban drugs lord ‘Scarface’ during a dawn raid on the home of a suspected mafia drugs boss outside Naples on Friday.

Police stumbled upon the bust at the home of 34-year-old Carlo Padovani, who was arrested along with more than 30 other people, including eight women, suspected of pushing drugs in Boscoreale, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, the BBC reports.

Padovani, who is believed to be linked to three Camorra mafia clans operating in the area, reportedly ordered the bust from a local ceramic dealer. It is said to be worth around 1,000 euros ($1,330).

Despite being initially arrested in July last year, police said Padovani managed to carry on running his drugs empire from his home where had been placed under house arrest.

Rosario Cantelmo, a senior prosecutor, told The Daily Telegraph that Padovani’s cocaine-dealing operation was organized on “an industrial scale,” and provided jobs for entire families.

Adult drug dealers, some of them women with husbands in prison for mafia-related crimes, earned 400 euros ($530) a week as well as a bonus of 10 percent of the value of every deal done.

Children as young as six received a weekly wage of around 200 euros ($265) to act as lookouts, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Pacino was nominated for best actor at the 1983 Golden Globes for his iconic performance as drug kingpin Tony Montana in the cult movie Scarface. 

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