- South America
About 90 suspected mobsters have been arrested across Europe and South America with vast quantities of cocaine and other drugs seized in a mafia purge.
The raids in Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Suriname marked the biggest cross-border operation against the ’Ndrangheta, the organised crime group which has risen from kidnappings in Calabria to dominate Europe’s drug trade.
Filippo Spiezia, vice-president of the EU’s judicial agency Eurojust, said: “Today we send a clear message to organised crime groups across Europe. They are not the only ones able to operate across borders. So are Europe’s judiciary and law enforcement communities.”
The raids came a day after Italian police arrested Settimo Mineo, the new head of Sicily’s Cosa Nostra mafia.
Investigators said that the ’Ndrangheta had…
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