Crime & Justice

45 arrested in police raids against ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate

Rome, Feb 16 (efe-epa).- Italian authorities arrested 45 people on Tuesday in two separate raids against the Calabrian mafia, known as the ‘Ndrangheta, in the latest blow against the country’s most powerful organized crime group.

The first, early morning raid saw 28 people arrested across the country, with more than 6 million euros worth of assets seized, police said.

The arrests took place in the towns of Cosenza (south), Milan (north), Varese (north), Como (north), Livorno (west), Florence (west) and Udine (north), the culmination of an investigation that began in 2018.

The arrested are accused of criminal association, money laundering, extortion and false registration of assets.

The investigation was launched following the release from prison and subsequent house arrest of the head and organizer of the Barreca clan, which operates in the district of Pellaro, Bocale and other areas in southern Calabria.

Filippo Barreca, head of the clan in which other members of his family such as his own daughter have also been implicated, continued running the criminal network from his house arrest.

In the second police operation on Tuesday, which targeted the Forastefano clan of Catanzaro in Calabria, 17 people were arrested on charges of mafia association, money laundering, extortion and false asset claims after an investigation that lasted more than three years, according to police. EFE-EPA

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