Police move to crush mafia in ItalyJuly 13th, 2010 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS
Rome, July 13 (IANS/AKI) Italian police have set out to arrest around 300 organised crime suspects in one of the largest mafia roundups in recent history.
Alleged members of the Calabrian Ndrangheta were targeted in Italy during an operation involving 3,000 paramilitary and regular police Monday.
Anti-mafia investigators in Reggio Calabria and Milan say they have uncovered evidence that the Ndrangheta has a organisational hierarchy similar to the Sicilian mafia with branches throughout Italy and abroad taking orders from a command centre, in this case based in Reggio Calabria, the regional capital of Calabria.
The Ndrangheta - the name given to the Calbrian mafia - is considered by many investigators to be Italy’s most powerful mob organisation, supplanting the Camorra from Naples and Sicily’s Cosa Nostra.
Suspects in the south’s Calabria and industrial northern Lombardy region were charged with mafia association, drugs and arms trafficking, murder, extortion, usury and other crimes.
During the operation, police seized suspected mafia assets valued at tens-of-millions-of-euros.
The Ndrangheta gained international notoriety in August 2007 when six men were shot dead in an ambush outside a pizzeria in Duisburg, Germany as part of a feud between two rival clans.
- Fugitive Italian mafia leader arrested - May 04, 2012
- Man held for attempted bomb attack on Italy president - Sep 21, 2010
- Italian Police seize 'mafia assets' worth $1.9 bn - Sep 15, 2010
- New book in Italy puts mafia on the map - Dec 06, 2009
- Italian politicians held for trading votes with mafia - Dec 23, 2010
- Italian magistrate arrested in mafia crackdown - Nov 30, 2011
- Flat seized from Italian mafia to become kids' home - Sep 07, 2012
- Italian president warns of wave of violence - May 24, 2012
- 'Dangerous' mobster held in Italy - Apr 24, 2012
- Troops to combat mafia in Italian city - Oct 07, 2010
- Dozens of mafia men held in pan-European drugs bust - Jun 04, 2012
- 16 Italian judges held in anti-mafia operation - Mar 20, 2012
- Silvio Berlusconi's ally had links with Sicilian mafia, rule judges - Nov 20, 2010
- Manchester City's Balotelli saw a table of cocaine - Nov 09, 2011
- Nearly 50 mafia men held in Italy - Jun 07, 2012
Tags: alleged members, camorra, cosa nostra, duisburg germany, extortion, international notoriety, italian police, italy rome, lombardy region, ndrangheta, organisational hierarchy, recent history, reggio calabria, regional capital, rival clans, sicilian mafia, sicily, six men, snb, usury