Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Police seize 28 kg of cocaine at Gioia Tauro

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(ANSA) - Rome, August 24 - Italian police on Friday seized 28
kg of pure cocaine with a street value of six million euros at
the Calabrian port of Gioia Tauro.
The seizure brought to 1,550 kg the amount of cocaine
stopped in the huge container port since the start of the year.
Last year 1,082 kg was seized.
Gioia Tauro, the largest container port in the
Mediterranean, is frequently used by the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta
mafia, investigators say.
'Ndrangheta is Italy's richest mafia because of its
domination of the European cocaine trade.
According to a recent report from the Eurispes research
agency, annual drugs profits for 'Ndrangheta are now the
equivalent of 3% of Italian GDP.
Ndrangheta' (from a Greek word meaning 'heroism' or
virtue') once lived in the twin shadow of its Sicilian cousin
Cosa Nostra and the Camorra in Naples.
It is regarded as the most impenetrable of Italy's mafias,
with its close-knit family-based organisation outdoing the
Sicilian mafia in its ability to defeat police efforts to turn
members into state witnesses.

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