Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
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'Ndrangheta drug-traffic chief caught in Colombia

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Rome, April 26 - The Calabrian 'Ndrangheta mafia's
suspected head of drug trafficking between Colombia and Europe
was arrested in Medellin Friday after three years on the run.
Domenico Trimboli, 39, a Buenos Aires native, was on the
interior ministry's list of most wanted and dangerous
'Ndrangheta fugitives.
When he is extradited, Italian authorities said, he faces a
12-year sentence for drug crimes in Italy and abroad.
'Ndrangheta is Italy's richest mafia because of its control
of the European cocaine trade.
It has spread from its base in Calabria to invest its drug
money in the rich northern Italian economy and has big offshoots
in northern Europe, Canada and Australia.
Ndrangheta' (from a Greek word meaning 'valour') 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.
According to a recent report from the Eurispes research
agency, annual drugs profits for 'Ndrangheta are now the
equivalent of 3% of Italian GDP, and it gets more from other
rackets.
The combined operations of the three mafias reportedly
amount to 116 billion euros, the equivalent of 10% of Italy's
GDP.

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