Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018
REGGIO CALABRIA

'Ndrangheta trafficker fixed 2-3,000 kg cocaine shipments

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Reggio Calabria, April 26 - Suspected Calabrian
'Ndrangheta mafia drug-trafficker, Domenico Trimboli, caught on
Friday in Medellin, Colombia after three years on the run,
arranged cocaine shipments of two to three thousand kilos at a
time to Italy and Europe, Italian investigators believe.
''Domenico Trimboli is without a doubt one of the
best-known brokers dedicated to cocaine trafficking to Europe,''
anti-mafia prosecutor Nicola Gratteri told a press conference in
the police headquarters of the southern Italian city of Reggio
Calabria on Friday.
Anti-mafia investigators say Trimboli enjoyed great
prestige among Colombian criminals for never skipping a payment
to the local cartels who produced and supplied narcotics.
Trimboli was picked up in Laureles quarter of Medellin,
where he has lived for at least a decade with a Colombian woman
with whom he fathered two children.
''He moved around as if he was at home,'' Gatteri said.
''We got to him thanks to the decisive contribution of the
Colombian police and the (US Drug Enforcement Agency)...but due
to the lack of specific bilateral accords with (Colombia) on
extradition, we'll have to wait about a year before having him
in Italy,'' Gratteri continued.
When he is extradited, the 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.
During operations leading to the capture of Trimboli, one o
his an alleged associates, Luigi Barbara, was arrested in Miami.
Barbara, from the town of Gerace in Calabria, is accused of
trying to ferry 700 kilos of cocaine into the US on a sailboat.
''They stopped him as soon as he entered US territorial
waters,'' said Gatteri.
''When I had a chance to see him to interrogate him in
prison, he recognized me as a childhood playmate from Gerace.
Destiny, or life choices, took us on different, now conflicting,
paths''.

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