Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Suspected 'Ndrangheta crime boss arrested in Canada

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Rome, September 4 - Fugitive 'Ndrangheta mafia boss
suspect Carmelo Bruzzese was arrested in Toronto, Canada,
investigators announced on Wednesday.
Bruzzese was handcuffed for violating Canadian immigration
laws, but Italian authorities believe Bruzzese is an important
leader in the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta mafia.
The 'Ndrangheta is considered Italy's most powerful mafia
due to its hold on the European cocaine trade.
Investigators identified Bruzzese in the course of the
''Crimine'' (Crime) investigation based in Reggio Calabria as
prominent enough to take part in important crime boss meetings
that led to the appointment of Domenico Oppedisano as chief of
'crime' with two close deputies, Giuseppe Commisso and Rocco
Aquino.
Aquino was identified by investigators as chief of the
'locale' Marina di Gioiosa Jonica, near Reggio Calabria, who
fled law enforcement in July 2010, but was arrested on July 12,
2012.
Bruzzese is also believed to have played a central role in
the organized crime group's branches in Lombardy and Piedmont,
and in Calabria as the chief of the 'Grotteria' locale.
Investigators said Bruzzese was ''involved in the major
decisions'' regarding the northern Italian branches ''as well as
for new affiliations''.
Bruzzese's location was pinpointed through the
investigative efforts of Italy's ROS anti-mafia unit of the
paramilitary Carabinieri police.
Procedures for Bruzzese's extradition from Canada are
expected to be initiated within the next few days.
The 'Ndrangheta each year shaves off some 3.5% of local
gross domestic product, equivalent to 1.2 billion euros,
according to a new book called 'L'Impero della 'Ndrangheta'
(Empire of the 'Ndrangheta), written by MP Dorina Bianchi and
economist Raffaele Rio.

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