Police arrest 84 in European crackdown on Italian mob
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