Italian Police Arrest Over 300 in Raids on 'Ndrangheta

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Italian Police Arrest Over 300 in Raids on 'Ndrangheta

leChef
By Elisabetta Povoledo

Officials said they had dismantled a major crime family within the ’Ndrangheta, the group based in the southern region of Calabria that is Italy’s most powerful mafia syndicate.

The Italian police on Thursday arrested more than 330 people, including politicians, lawyers, accountants and a local police chief, in one of the most extensive law enforcement operations ever against the crime syndicate known as ’Ndrangheta.

About 3,000 officers made pre-dawn arrests in 12 Italian regions, as well as in Switzerland, Germany and Bulgaria, officials said. ’Ndrangheta has spread far beyond its historic base in the southern region of Calabria, surpassing the Cosa Nostra, based in Sicily, to become Italy’s most powerful mafia group. The group controls much of Europe’s cocaine trade, European officials say.

Nicola Gratteri, the anti-mafia prosecutor who coordinated the operation, described Thursday’s crackdown as “the biggest operation after the Palermo maxi trial,” a reference to a sweep in 1984 that led to a landmark trial against some 450 Sicilian mafia members. That case severely weakened the Cosa Nostra, but its decline permitted the Calabrian syndicate to grow more powerful.

Thursday’s operation “completely dismembered the top ranks of the Mancuso family,” the long-established ’Ndrangheta clan operating in the city of Vibo Valentia, with links to the United States, Mr. Gratteri said.

The family had infiltrated local politics and public administration, as well as the local economy, he said. The police blitz had been scheduled for Friday but was hastily brought forward a day when investigators discovered that someone had tipped off the mobsters and their associates to the impending arrests.

“Can you imagine what it means to move 3,000 men in the space of 24 hours?” Mr. Gratteri asked reporters in Catanzaro, Calabria, where he is chief prosecutor. “It’s something crazy. But we had to move crazily.”

The police arrested Luigi Mancuso, whom officials described as the head of the clan, along with dozens of others believed to have ties to the ’Ndrangheta. They also arrested a lawyer and former member of the Italian Parliament from former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party; the president of the Calabrian mayor’s association, a former member of the Democratic Party’s national assembly, and an array of civil servants and other white-collar professionals accused of working with the mob.

They face a variety of charges, including murder, extortion, usury, money laundering, drug trafficking, corruption and belonging to a criminal syndicate.

The police also seized property and cash valued at 15 million euros, or about $16.7 million.

The Mancuso clan had dominated the area of Vibo Valentia since the 1970s, and had been “marked by prosecutors” in the past, said Enzo Ciconte, an expert in organized crime. But Thursday’s operation “could be the final blow,” he said in an interview.

Claudio Cordova, the editor of the online Calabria newspaper Il Dispaccio and the author of a recent book about links between the ’Ndrangheta and Freemasonry, said the operation had struck one of Calabria’s most powerful clans, and had exposed their links “with politicians and professionals.”

But Mr. Cordova complained that Calabria, “a difficult territory,” rarely got the support that it needed from the national government, making the eradication of criminal groups more difficult. “Calabria needs to become a national case, like Sicily was,” he said.

The Mancuso clan is “one of the most involved in international drug trafficking with international ramifications worldwide,” said Antonio Nicaso, an expert on the ’Ndrangheta and its history who has written several books with Mr. Gratteri.

Mr. Nicaso added that the Mancusos were able to amass a huge amount of money from their trafficking.

Thursday’s operation “uncovered the link between the Mancuso clan with what I like to call the ‘upper-world,’” he said, citing professionals, politicians, bureaucrats and freemasons as examples.

“What I try to explain all the time is that violence is the backbone but power is the lifeblood of any major criminal organization such as the ’Ndrangheta,” he said. “And if you can’t combine the underworld and the upper world, there will be no power and there will be no future for a criminal organization.”

Mr. Gratteri said the investigation began shortly after he was appointed chief prosecutor of Catanzaro, in May 2016. The operation was named “Scott-Rinascita.”

“Rinascita” means rebirth, referring to “the rebirth of the territory,” Mr. Gratteri said in a telephone interview. “Scott,” he said, was added in memory of Scott W. Sieben, an agent with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration who “worked with us on many missions,” when he was based in Rome, from 2008 to 2013, and who died in 2015, after returning to the United States.

Mr. Gratteri said he believed the operation on Thursday had dealt a profound blow to the Mancuso family, but he cautioned that “you don’t resolve the problem of the mafia with overnight blitzes.” To wipe it out, he said, requires changes in the culture that has accepted it, and better laws against organized crime.

“Now it’s up to civil society to occupy the spaces that we created today,” he added. “Otherwise we’re back to square one, and criminals will reoccupy those spaces.”

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/19/world/europe/ndrangheta-arrests-police-mafia.html
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blanco puro
such a "huge" bust with so many cops and "over 300" arrested and only 15 million euros value of seizures?

15 million is not even one months income generated by this group.

most of these 300 arrested will be let go
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Siderno
Ciao, come state? Un saluto da Yorkville
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This link below may not be for everyone as it relates to the Mafia huge takedowns along with the Hell's Angels in Montreal with connections to the construction industry contracts,corruption and politicians (sound familiar to Mexico)?There is a murdered Mafia guy that was done in Acapulco.(my girlfriend who has a travel agency tells me the Italians like to go to Acapulco)There is a 7 or 8 piece podcast with the link from the Montreal Gazette if you're really into it.

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/timeline-a-decade-of-deadly-mob-instability-hells-arrests-corruption/ar-BBYsyCE?li=AAggNb9&ocid=iehp
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Siderno
moreno was worked by Calabria who saw an opportunity when he was finally out in acapulco to settle olds problems
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There's a new Netflix called 'The Irishman' nominated for several awards for you Mafia affectionados starring Al Pacino,Joe Pesci and Robert DeNiro on the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/photos/the-irishman-is-a-fictionalized-true-crime-story-about-the-disappearance-of-jimmy-hoffa-a-mystery-that-still-hasnt-been-solved/ss-BBZpjgC?li=AAggNb9&ocid=iehp#image=1
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The dark north is the title of the podcast and it’s worth a listen. Also, it is this group mentioned in post with the most int’l clout also the most profits from the trade world wide I venture to say

Moreno Gallo was the Mafioso who got offed whilst eating dinner in Acapulco. He had betrayed Rizzuto, but Vito got out of ADX after 6 years and proceeded to go on a rampage taking out over a dozen mobsters either sicilians who thought they could oust him, or Calabrians from T.O. The Netflix series ‘bad blood’ does a half ass job of telling the story but it is worth watching. The Calabrians wanted to take back MTL from the sicilians who had owned it since taking out the Violi bros in the 70’s. While Vito Rizzuto was imprisoned, his org was left weakened leading to the murder of his son, and then 86 yr old father who was sniped through a window as he ate at the table with wife and daughter, similar to the way one of the violi bros was killed in front of his family back in 70’s. Vendetta. That shit has no clock. I care not to speculate or comment further on who runs what in the ‘golden horseshoe’ and Quebec.

@Siderno you May be better informed than me on the subject of the Gallo hit, the timing was what led to my extrapolation that it was retribution for going against Vito.
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blanco puro
Frank - no one runs the golden horseshoe, it is up for grabs!
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Frank
Blanco- you are right. Let’s tool up and take it!!! 😂

Many are vying for control though. The INDIVIDUAL corpses left on the street or in their driveways in Ham and T. suggest as much. Thank god the police corruption here does not extend to endorsing wholesale slaughter. The last large purge was the ‘No Surrender crew’ Bandidos Toronto chapter where 8 bodies were dropped in an attempted coup, and left in vehicles not far from crime scene. The perps were caught almost immediately. Who knows the full story.

 
https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2016/04/07/the-bandidos-massacre-an-execution-assembly-line-wiped-out-the-toronto-biker-gang-10-years-ago.html
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blanco puro
Frank - the young guys are taking out the old trash, that's all. But the new groups are not ethnically aligned. The new gen cares about MONEY and LOYALTY. Ontario is now run by the new gen multiracial groups.
BIKERS AND MAFIA are fading into irrelevancy, and it is for one reason. Those who run the jails, run the streets.
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ciao, moreno first and verduci then were killed by the same hand by decision of the chamber in calabria they had not respected agreements with mother calabria and killed as an agreement to sign peace with the rizuto peace that has never been a reality in every case. calabria has a large presence in mexico at various levels, with brokers working for them with different groups and on behalf of other producers in south america so it is easy for them to gun someone down there.