Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

'Ndrangheta money-laundering probe snares 22


Reggio Calabria, May 6 - Police in the southern
Italian city of Reggio Calabria on Monday arrested 22 alleged
members of the 'Ndrangheta mafia on suspicion of money
The defendants, believed to be members of the Galliciano'
gang of the Calabria-based crime syndicate, face charges of
mafia association, illegal arms possession, money laundering and
use of money from illegal sources using mafia methods.
Police also seized six businesses - with assets worth 20
million euros - in the Viterbo area and in the nearby Umbrian
city of Terni, located in central Italy.
The businesses work in the transport, real estate and fresh
produce sectors.
Investigators believe dirty money from Calabria - obtained
through organized crime activities - was recycled through the
central Italian companies, and then sent back to Reggio
Calabria, capital of the region on the toe of Italy's
boot-shaped peninsula.
The probe began in 2009, when investigators identified
three alleged 'Ndrangheta operations in the tiny rural town of
Condofuri on the southern periphery of the craggy, mountainous
Aspromonte national park.
Investigators allegedly succeeded in penetrating the
inner-workings of one of the operations, headed by the
Galliciano family, learning its internal dynamics, hierarchy and
The powerful 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate is based in
Calabria but operates throughout Italy and the rest of Europe.

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