Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

21 'Ndrangheta arrests near Turin


Turin, May 7 - Italian police on Tuesday arrested 21
people around Italy for crimes allegedly commissioned and
committed by an 'Ndrangheta Calabrian mafia cell near Turin.
The cell, or 'locale' in 'Ndrangheta parlance, was located
outside the town of Giaveno, police said.
The gang had been active "since at least 2007", police said,
trafficking weapons and drugs.
'Ndrangheta, Italy's richest and most dangerous mafia,
controls the European cocaine trade.
It has invested its profits in northern Italy, Germany,
Switzerland, Canada and Australia.
Property belonging to the 'locale' was seized in Rosarno, a
Calabrian town controlled by 'Ndrangheta, and Sommariva del
Bosco near Cuneo, north of Milan.
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
The city council of Reggio Calabria was dissolved last year
for alleged 'Ndrangheta links.

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