Italian police orgy
Three Italian policemen have been arrested over alleged ties to crime gangs near NaplesiStock

Ties to local drug syndicates might have landed them in jail, but it was a sex romp with two hooker sisters during an anti-prostitution patrol that gained three Italian policemen national headlines. The officers from the southern town of Marcianise, near Caserta, were among 16 people arrested by their colleagues on an 8 October early morning anti-Mafia operation in the Naples area.

Sergeant Alessandro Albano, 48, and his subordinates Nunziante Camarca, 37, and Domenico Petrillo, 41, were allegedly on the payroll of the Belforte criminal clan to turn a blind eye to its illicit dealings. One of the three officers also worked as part-time pusher for the gang's local boss Donato Bucciero, 46, according to investigating authorities.

Despite the seriousness of the accusations moved against the rogue trio, it was their libertine lifestyle on duty that caught the country's attention. During the probe it emerged the officers took their police car to go clubbing and billed the night shift – spent dancing – as overtime work.

The same vehicle was used also for other recreational activities. Once, it was the set of an orgy with two sex workers the policemen met as they were supposedly patrolling town streets against prostitution. The women, who are sisters, were later allegedly invited back to the police station for a late-night party.

Finally, the traditional blue-and-white Alfa Romeo 156 also served as unconventional VIP taxi for the officers, who allegedly once drove popular Italian singer Gigi D'Alessio, the heartthrob of Naples youths, to an event in the traffic-congested city centre.

The trio are facing a series of charges, including drug dealing, embezzlement and corruption. Bucciero, who was also held, and the remaining 12 suspects are similarly accused of numerous crimes ranging from drug trafficking to fraud and extortion.