Po­lice ar­rest 84 in Euro­pean crack­down on Ital­ian mob

StarMetro Vancouver - - CANADA & WORLD - Mike Corder

THE HAGUE, NETHER­LANDS— Hun­dreds of po­lice in Ger­many, Italy, Bel­gium and the Nether­lands ar­rested at least 84 sus­pected mob­sters and seized around $2.3 mil­lion (U.S.) Wed­nes­day in a se­ries of co-or­di­nated raids tar­get­ing a pow­er­ful Ital­ian or­ga­nized crime syn­di­cate.

“To­day we send a clear mes­sage to or­ga­nized crime groups across Europe,” said Filippo Spiezia, vice-pres­i­dent of Euro­just, the EU prose­cu­tion Ger­man po­lice, seen here in Duis­burg, took part in the wide-rang­ing raids.

agency that co-or­di­nated the raids. “They are not the only ones able to op­er­ate across bor­ders; so are Europe’s ju­di­ciary and law en­force­ment com­mu­ni­ties.”

It was the sec­ond sig­nif­i­cant mob take­down in as many days. On Tues­day, Ital­ian au­thor­i­ties said they had dis­man­tled the re­built up­per ech­e­lons of the Mafia in the Si­cil­ian cap­i­tal of Pa­lermo by ar­rest­ing 46 peo­ple, in­clud­ing the man pre­sumed to have taken over as pro­vin­cial king­pin.

Wed­nes­day’s raids were the cul­mi­na­tion of a two-year in­ves­ti­ga­tion against the pow­er­ful ‘ndrangheta crim­i­nal group on al­le­ga­tions of co­caine traf­fick­ing, money laun­der­ing, bribery and vi­o­lence, said Euro­just.

The ‘ndrangheta is Italy’s most pow­er­ful crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion, eclips­ing by far Si­cily’s Cosa Nos­tra or the Naples area Camorra.

“Raids only scratched the sur­face.” More at thes­tar.com/world

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