In a massive operation directed by DDA anti-mafia detectives, Italy’s Carabinieri and Guardia di Finanza police forces arrested over 200 members of the ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate in Calabria. In addition, over 72 million euros worth of assets were seized by the authorities.
Amongst the people arrested was Marcello Manna, the mayor of the town of Rende, who was placed under house arrest. There were also several businesspeople, professionals, and other local leaders.
139 of the accused were imprisoned, 50 were placed under house arrest, 12 were told to leave their municipality, and one lawyer was prohibited from practicing law. There are still 52 more suspects at large.
The operation destroyed two ‘Ndrina, or clans of the ‘Ndrangheta, with extensive control over the Cosenza region, according to a statement from the Carabinieri.
According to the Carabinieri, the operation targeted ‘Ndrangheta members and its collaborators engaged in money laundering, drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and other crimes.
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