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Dozens of suspected 'Ndrangheta mafia mobsters rounded up in raids across the world



Nearly 100 suspected mobsters 'linked to feared 'Ndrangheta mafia' are rounded up in raids across the world

  • Raids in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland and some Latin American countries 
  • Pictures show police at Italian restaurants in Germany and the confiscation of a high-powered Harley Davidson

By Julian Robinson for MailOnline and Afp

Published: 05:25 EST, 5 December 2018 | Updated: 07:21 EST, 5 December 2018

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Nearly 100 suspected mobsters thought to belong to the notorious 'Ndrangheta mafia outfit have been rounded up across Europe and Latin America during a series of raids today.

Raids took place in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands as well as in some Latin American countries as part of an investigation codenamed Pollino launched in 2016.

In Germany the focus was on the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which borders the Netherlands and Belgium, and Bavaria to the south.

Pictures show a high-powered Harley Davidson motorbike being confiscated, garages being searched and raids taking place at an Italian restaurant and ice cream parlour.  

Dozens of suspected mobsters thought to belong to a notorious mafia outfit have been rounded up across Europe and Latin America during a series of raids today. One raid centred on the Italian restaurant 'Osteria da Mario' in Pulheim, Germany (pictured this morning)
Dozens of suspected mobsters thought to belong to a notorious mafia outfit have been rounded up across Europe and Latin America during a series of raids today. One raid centred on the Italian restaurant 'Osteria da Mario' in Pulheim, Germany (pictured this morning)

Dozens of suspected mobsters thought to belong to a notorious mafia outfit have been rounded up across Europe and Latin America during a series of raids today. One raid centred on the Italian restaurant 'Osteria da Mario' in Pulheim, Germany (pictured this morning)

Police in Germany confiscated a Harley Davidson motorcycle during a raid at a property in Pulheim, Germany
Police in Germany confiscated a Harley Davidson motorcycle during a raid at a property in Pulheim, Germany

Police in Germany confiscated a Harley Davidson motorcycle during a raid at a property in Pulheim, Germany

Suspects are accused of committing 'serious crimes' including activities linked to international drug trafficking, Italian police said in a statement. Pictured: Police search a garage in Pulheim, Germany, this morning
Suspects are accused of committing 'serious crimes' including activities linked to international drug trafficking, Italian police said in a statement. Pictured: Police search a garage in Pulheim, Germany, this morning

Suspects are accused of committing 'serious crimes' including activities linked to international drug trafficking, Italian police said in a statement. Pictured: Police search a garage in Pulheim, Germany, this morning

In Holland, officials said dozens of raids had netted about £1.78 million in criminal proceeds as well as drugs including ecstasy and cocaine. 

Eurojust, the European agency that fights cross-border organised crime and which coordinated the operation, said it had been investigating allegations of cocaine trafficking, money laundering, bribery and violence.

Italian police said suspects are accused of committing 'serious crimes' including activities linked to international drug trafficking. 

The 'Ndrangheta - which derives its meaning from the Greek word for 'heroism' - is made up of numerous village and family-based clans in Calabria, the rural, mountainous and under-developed 'toe' of Italy's boot.

Despite intense police attention and frequent arrests, the organisation has continued to extend its reach.

One raid took place at an ice cream parlour in the city of Duisburg, western Germany this morning
One raid took place at an ice cream parlour in the city of Duisburg, western Germany this morning

One raid took place at an ice cream parlour in the city of Duisburg, western Germany this morning

In Germany the focus was on the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which borders the Netherlands and Belgium, and Bavaria to the south. An Italian restaurant is searched in Pulheim
In Germany the focus was on the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which borders the Netherlands and Belgium, and Bavaria to the south. An Italian restaurant is searched in Pulheim

In Germany the focus was on the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which borders the Netherlands and Belgium, and Bavaria to the south. An Italian restaurant is searched in Pulheim

A police van in front of a house in Pulheim, Germany, this morning. Raids took place across Europe and Latin America as dozens of suspected mobsters were rounded up
A police van in front of a house in Pulheim, Germany, this morning. Raids took place across Europe and Latin America as dozens of suspected mobsters were rounded up

A police van in front of a house in Pulheim, Germany, this morning. Raids took place across Europe and Latin America as dozens of suspected mobsters were rounded up

The 'Ndrangheta - which derives its meaning from the Greek word for 'heroism' - is made up of numerous village and family-based clans in Calabria, the rural, mountainous and under-developed 'toe' of Italy's boot
The 'Ndrangheta - which derives its meaning from the Greek word for 'heroism' - is made up of numerous village and family-based clans in Calabria, the rural, mountainous and under-developed 'toe' of Italy's boot

The 'Ndrangheta - which derives its meaning from the Greek word for 'heroism' - is made up of numerous village and family-based clans in Calabria, the rural, mountainous and under-developed 'toe' of Italy's boot

It has surpassed Sicily's Cosa Nostra and the Naples-based Camorra in influence thanks to its control of the cocaine trade, and is the sole mafia organisation to operate on all continents, according to anti-mafia prosecutors.

Wednesday's operation came a day after Italian police arrested new Cosa Nostra boss Settimino Mineo and dozens of other suspects in Sicily in a major swoop.

Jeweller Mineo, 80, was detained along with at least 45 others just before he was due to be appointed official heir to notorious mafia boss Toto Riina who died in prison last year.

 

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