UK CRIME BOSSES TAKE OVER MAFIA MAR­KETS

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BRI­TISH crime bosses are ex­ploit­ing gaps in the co­caine mar­ket to play a greater role in smug­gling the drugs into the UK, an EU re­port has claimed.

The whole­sale sup­ply of the class-A drug was tra­di­tion­ally dom­i­nated by deals be­tween car­tels in Colom­bia, in South Amer­ica, and Italian crime groups.

But the ar­rest of 84 mem­bers of a mafia-style crime group in Cal­abria last year has left the door open to Bri­tish, Al­ba­nian, Dutch, French and Ir­ish crim­i­nals to ar­range their own trans­port.

“Com­par­a­tively small play­ers are now us­ing this di­rect ac­cess to pro­duc­ers and pool­ing funds to pur­chase larger quan­ti­ties of co­caine at more favourable whole­sale prices,” stated the Drug Mar­kets Re­port, com­piled with the help of Europol.

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