Operation Pollino: Italian mafia struck in Europe-wide sting

Operation Pollino: Italian mafia struck in Europe-wide sting

Operation Pollino: Italian mafia struck in Europe-wide sting

Eurojust said those arrested Wednesday included "high-ranking members of the Mafia network", but didn't release their names.

Almost 90 people including high-ranking members of the powerful organised crime syndicate accused of drug trafficking and money laundering were arrested in coordinated raids in six countries, European Union justice agency Eurojust said.

Police launched a string of anti-mafia raids on Wednesday, targeting the notorious criminal franchise in Italy, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands, according to authorities. Cocaine and ecstasy pills also were seized in Wednesday's raids.

At least 90 suspected Sicilian mafia members are under arrest on suspicion of drug trafficking, money laundering, bribery and violence.

05 December 2018 North Rhine-Westphalia Pulheim During the large-scale raid against the Italian Mafia police arrested one of the alleged main perpetrators. The owner of Osteria is accused of being a member of a criminal organisation and of having been
Police also raided an Italian restaurant in Pulheim North Rhine-Westphalia Germany

Masked federal police stand in an ice cream parlour in Duisburg, western Germany, as authorities conduct coordinated raids in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands in a crackdown on the Italian mafia.

Italy's anti-mafia prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho said Wednesday's operation was just a "first step" and the group had not yet been defeated.

More than 80 people with suspected links to the 'Ndrangheta Mafia - considered one of the world's largest organized crime groups - have been arrested during raids in six European countries and in the South American country of Suriname.

Some 2 million euros (2.3 million dollars) in criminal assets was seized, Eurojust Vice-President Filippo Spiezia said in The Hague.

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In January police arrested almost 170 people, including mayors and businessmen and local administrators, in similar raids across Italy and Germany.

The 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate, which comes from Italy's Calabria region, is widely believed to be the most powerful Italian mafia organization, with massive rackets in money laundering and cocaine dealing.

Police also raided an Italian restaurant in Pulheim, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

The European police agency Europol said it was a "decisive hit against one of the most powerful Italian criminal networks in the world".

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Settimino Mineo, center, who allegedly took over as the Palermo head of Cosa Nostra, is escorted by Italian Carabinieri police.

Five suspects were arrested in the Netherlands, where prosecutors got the ball rolling for the investigation in 2014 with probes into two Italian restaurants, and more suspects were detained just over the border in Belgium.

Dutch outlet NOS said that the 'Ndrangheta is known to operate its drug smuggling through the country's vibrant flower-trading industry.

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