Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
REGGIO CALABRIA

Over 190 kilos of cocaine confiscated from ship in Calabria

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Reggio Calabria, May 6 - Over 190 kilograms of
cocaine were confiscated by police and customs officers on
Monday from a Marshall Islands flagged ship in the Calabrian
port city of Gioia Tauro.
The drugs were divided in 148 packages hidden in sacks of
coffee, police said.
Authorities discovered the drugs after document and ship
checks were carried out.
Police said that the drugs had a street value of millions
of euros and were being shipped from South America, headed to
Turkey.
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 in October for allegedly buying votes from 'Ndrangheta
clans.
The city council of Reggio Calabria was dissolved last year
for alleged 'Ndrangheta links.

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