For years, Denaro managed to evade the police. In September 2021, a man who looked like him was arrested in a restaurant in The Hague. He is mistaken for Denaro, but it turns out that he is an innocent Briton. He was in Holland to watch Formula 1 at Zandvoort. A month later, another massive manhunt was staged by 150 agents in Sicily. But this search did not lead to anything.
Since Denaro did not use modern equipment to communicate with other mafiosi, it was difficult to find him. For a long time, the mafia boss will still use the classic method Pizza User: He left papers with messages under the rock for others.
He was arrested almost thirty years after Salvatore “Toto” Riina, another Cosa Nostra boss, was arrested. He died in captivity in 2017. Cosa Nostra is expected to continue despite Denaro’s arrest. In the past it has been proven that arresting a gang leader does not cripple the entire organization.
According to the police, Denaro until very recently was able to direct the mafia in the area around the Sicilian city of Trapani.