About 90 alleged Italian mafia members had been arrested Wednesday in a Europe-wide operation spanning throughout 4 international locations, only a day after the brand new boss of the Cosa Nostra and 45 different high mobsters had been rounded up.
Authorities mentioned they carried out raids in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands in a crackdown on the ’Ndrangheta, a southern Italy-based organized crime group.
The arrests got here following an investigation dubbed Pollino that was launched in 2016 in opposition to the Italian mafia over allegations of cocaine trafficking, cash laundering, bribery and violence.
The crackdown was coordinated by Eurojust, a European unit established to battle cross-border organized crime.
Prosecutors and officers mentioned the raids on Wednesday netted about 2 million euros in prison proceeds and a few ecstasy tablets and cocaine had been discovered. All through the two-year joint investigation, some 4 tons of cocaine had been seized.
“Right now we ship a transparent message to organized crime teams throughout Europe,” Eurojust Vice President Filippo Spiezia mentioned. “They don’t seem to be the one ones in a position to function throughout borders; so are Europe’s judiciary and regulation enforcement communities.”
However some categorical warning and mentioned the mafia will proceed to pose risk because the group nonetheless has sources and is working internationally.
Federico Cafiero De Raho, Italian anti-mafia and anti-terrorism nationwide prosecutor, mentioned the arrests “are nothing for ’ndrangheta. There are literally thousands of individuals who needs to be arrested and billions of euros that needs to be seized.”
“There are literally thousands of individuals who needs to be arrested and billions of euros that needs to be seized.”
The most recent clampdown on the Italian mafia alerts the European authorities’ efforts to fight organized crime teams.
The ’Ndrangheta is taken into account the main mafia group that managed to increase its attain even amid the scrutiny and fixed arrests. It’s the one mafia group that operates on all continents, prosecutors say.
The group surpassed Sicily’s Cosa Nostra and the Naples-based Camorra teams, in response to AFP, as a result of its tight on the management of cocaine commerce.
NEW HEAD OF COSA NOSTRA AMONG 46 ARRESTED IN SICILY: ‘NO MORE ROOM FOR THIS TYPE OF SCUM IN ITALY’
The Wednesday arrests got here only a day after the authorities introduced the arrest of Settimo Mineo, 80, the presumed new boss of the Cosa Nostra. He was arrested along with with 45 different high mobsters, Italian authorities mentioned Tuesday.
Authorities mentioned they dismantled the higher ranks of the mafia that lately made a comeback and regained a few of its misplaced prominence that peaked within the 1990s.
Inside Minister Matteo Salvini mentioned the raid was an “extraordinary operation” within the Sicilian capital, Palermo.
Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio hailed the operation as “one of many largest blows inflicted on the mafia” by the Italian authorities.
“There is no such thing as a extra room for any such scum in Italy,” he added.
The Related Press contributed to this report.