Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Police seize 99 kg of cocaine at Gioia Tauro

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 12 - Italian police on Friday seized
99 kg of "extremely pure" Colombian cocaine at the Calabrian
port of Gioia Tauro.
The seizure - the fourth big cocaine find in the port in
six weeks - brought to 1,923 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.
It has expanded from its Calabrian base to northern Italy,
notably Lombardy, where a regional councillor was arrested in
Milan earlier this week for buying votes from 'Ndrangheta clans.
The city council of Reggio Calabria was dissolved on Tuesday
for alleged 'Ndrangheta links.

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