Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
GIOIA TAURO

195 kg of cocaine stopped at Gioia Tauro

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Gioia Tauro, November 2 - Italian customs and tax
police on Friday stopped 195 kilogrammes of cocaine from going
through this Calabrian container port from Brazil to markets in
Italy and Europe.
Investigators said Brazil was taking on a "primary role" in
cocaine movement.
The seizure was the fifth big cocaine find in the port in
less than two months.
It brought to 2,828 kg the amount of cocaine stopped in the
huge port since the start of the year.
Last year 1,082 kg was seized.
Gioia Tauro, the largest container port in the
Mediterranean, is one of the main conduits 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 last month for allegedly buying votes from 'Ndrangheta
clans.
The city council of Reggio Calabria was dissolved last month
for alleged 'Ndrangheta links.

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