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Police Target ‘Ndrangheta Italian Mafia in Raids Across Europe

Police Target ‘Ndrangheta Italian Mafia in Raids Across Europe

Scores of suspected members of Italy's 'Ndrangheta mafia have been arrested in coordinated raids across Europe.

"Today, supported by a coordination center at Eurojust, judicial and law enforcement authorities from the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Belgium are now executing arrests and seizures against a 'Ndrangheta criminal group involved in cocaine trafficking, money laundering, bribery and violence", Wednesday's statement read.

Police are carrying out raids on homes at several locations in the Netherlands on Wednesday morning as part of a Europe-wide campaign against a Calabrian mafia organisation.

The 'Ndrangheta mafia are considered to be one of the most powerful organized crime syndicates in Italy, involved in drugs and firearms trafficking, prostitution, racketeering and shark loaning.

German prosecutors said 65 premises linked to the southern Italy-based organised crime group were also being searched.

The crackdown was coordinated by Eurojust, a European unit established to fight cross-border organized crime.

"This shows that global crime can be tackled well if we work well together", said Eurojust Vice-President Filippo Spiezia.

Prosecutors and officials said the raids on Wednesday netted about 2 million euros in criminal proceeds and some ecstasy pills and cocaine were found.

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"They are not the only ones able to operate across borders - so are Europe's judiciary and law enforcement communities."

The "Ndrangheta is seen as the most powerful Italian mafia organization, trumping Sicily's Cosa Nostra and Naples" Camorra.

Speaking in The Hague, De Raho said the arrests "are nothing for 'Ndrangheta".

Eurojust said those detained are suspected of drug trafficking, money laundering, bribery, and violence.

Wednesday's raids were the culmination of an investigation codenamed "Pollino" that was launched in 2016 against the 'Ndrangheta.

It is the only mafia organisation operating on all continents, say prosecutors, and is believed to now be the most influential Italian organised-crime group.

But he warned that it was "just a first step", saying the arrests were "nothing for the 'Ndrangheta, there are thousands of people who should be arrested and billions that should be seized".

He said that members of the mafia establish sophisticated networks with links to legitimate businesses and institutions in order to hide their criminal activity.