Mafia: vast European police operation against ‘Ndrangheta

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Rome | Italy announced Wednesday a vast police operation in the peninsula, in Germany, in Spain and in Romania against the ‘Ndrangheta, the infamous mafia of Calabria (south).

“A judicial police operation called” PLATINUM-DIA “against the ‘Ndrangheta is underway in Germany, Romania, Spain and throughout the national territory,” said a statement from the National Directorate of Anti-Mafia Investigations (DIA) .

This operation is coordinated by the public prosecutor’s office in Turin (north), the statement said.

It targets two ‘Ndrangheta clans, the Agresta family and the Giorgi family, the latter being accused of international drug trafficking, in several regions in Italy and Germany.

“More than 200” members of the DIA, “a hundred” police and gendarmes, supported by helicopters and dog-dog units as well as a military regiment, are participating in this operation, on Italian territory, while “500 agents” participate in the other three countries, according to the same source.

Numerous receiverships of assets worth “many millions of euros” were made as part of this operation. A press conference by the prosecution and investigators is scheduled for 9 a.m. GMT.

The Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta has long overtaken the Sicilian Cosa Nostra as Italy’s largest mafia organization and is considered one of the most powerful crime syndicates in the world due to its control over most of the world. cocaine entering Europe.