Dozens Ar­rested in Euro­pean Op­er­a­tion Against Or­ga­nized Crime


ROME (Reuters) - Dozens of peo­ple were ar­rested in Italy, the Nether­lands, Ger­many, Bel­gium and South Amer­ica on Wed­nes­day in an op­er­a­tion against mem­bers of Italy’s ‘Ndrangheta or­gan­ised crime group, of­fi­cials said.

Ital­ian po­lice and Euro­just, the Euro­pean agency that over­sees ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion in crime in­ves­ti­ga­tions, said those ar­rested were sus­pected of co­caine traf­fick­ing, money laun­der­ing, bribery and vi­o­lence.

Euro­just said po­lice were “cur­rently ex­e­cut­ing ar­rests and seizures” but gave no num­bers. Ital­ian po­lice said in their state­ment that 90 peo­ple had been ar­rested. The Ital­ian state­ment also said ar­rests had been made in South Amer­ica.

The op­er­a­tion tar­geted the ‘Ndrangheta fam­i­lies based in the south­ern Ital­ian city of Locri in the Cal­abria re­gion, the heart­land of world­wide crime group.

The ‘Ndrangheta is one of Italy’s three main or­ga­nized crime groups, along with the Camorra, which is based in the Naples area, and Sicily’s Cosa Nos­tra, com­monly known as the Mafia.

Wed­nes­day’s op­er­a­tion came a day after Ital­ian po­lice ar­rested the sus­pected new head of the Si­cil­ian mafia and 45 other al­leged gang­sters, deal­ing a ma­jor blow to the mob as it tried to re­build after years of set­backs.

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