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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Over 130 Arrested in 'Ndrangheta Drug Trafficking Network Across Europe & South America

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The major operation against Italy’s ‘Ndrangheta mafia, is described by authorities as the “largest ever” coordinated hit against Italian organized crime. The network was mainly focused on international drug trafficking from South America to Europe, as well as to Australia, Europol said.

Authorities took into custody 132 suspected members of the ‘Ndrangheta network in busts across Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Romania, Brazil, and Panama, Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, said. Over 2,770 officers were involved in the operation.

“This morning, a large-scale European operation took place in several countries. It concerns a case opened by the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office, in collaboration with the Limburg Prosecutor’s Office, the Federal Judicial Police, Eurojust, Europol, and various countries, in particular Italy,” the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement earlier.

In Italy, authorities arrested 108 people as part of a four-pronged investigation into charges of “Mafia-type association,” the Italian Carabinieri said in a statement Wednesday. The arrests were carried out by the Carabinieri Ros and the Provincial Command of Reggio Calabria.

Speaking during a joint press conference in Reggio Calabria on Wednesday, investigative magistrate Giovanni Bombardieri, who led the Italian investigation, said coordination of the operation began two months ago, calling it the “most important” operation targeting the ‘Ndrangheta group.

According to Bombardieri, “millions of Euro worth of drugs and weapons” were seized during the raids.

Europol said that the “criminal network under investigation was led by several powerful ‘Ndrangheta families based mainly in the town of San Luca,” in Reggio Calabria. “Some of these families have been involved in decades-long clan violence known as the San Luca feud, culminating in massive shootings in Italy and abroad, such as the Duisburg massacre in Germany in 2007,” the Europol statement said.

Based in the southern Italian region of Calabria, the ‘Ndrangheta is considered to be the most powerful mafia group in the country, and one of the most powerful criminal enterprises in the world, with thousands of members and affiliates globally, according to the Italian DIA (Anti-Mafia Directorate). It has a monopoly on European drug trafficking, according to Europol.

In addition to being part of a Mafia-style organization, members of the network were also arrested in connection with suspected drug trafficking, firearms trafficking, illegal firearms possession, money laundering, fraudulent asset registration, tax fraud and tax evasion, and the aiding and abetting of fugitives. Two of these fugitives had been on the EU Most Wanted list.

Weapons & Money Laundering in South America

Authorities uncovered that the network was working in partnership with the Colombian Clan del Golfo and an Albanian-speaking crime group operating in Ecuador and multiple European countries. Furthermore, the ‘Ndrangheta clans were involved in international firearms trafficking from Pakistan to South America, providing weapons to the notorious criminal group PCC (Primeiro Comando da Capital) in Brazil in exchange for cocaine shipments.

Investigators tracked the flow of money in an extensive global money laundering system, with massive investments in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. The criminal group was investing its profits in real estate, restaurants, hotels, car wash companies, supermarkets, and other commercial activities. In order to pay for cocaine or to transfer illicit assets, the criminals often relied on facilitators using the Hawala system.

Source CNN, Europol


  1. Mencho snitched

  2. Im a Big fan of BB from Brazil. Do you guys have any info about PCC having ties with any mexican cartel ? Just a heads up: to put an end on PCC, Brazil would need to start a civil war. 💀

    Leo From Brazil 💀

    1. 12:31 PCC is heavy in the cocaine business I bet they're is ties to Mexican cartels but I would say they are more tied to Bolivia where they're known to source cocaine.

    2. Também sou do Brasil, cara. Tem uma página muito boa no twitter s instagram chamada Submundo Criminal, é um dos melhores conteúdos de cartel no Brasil.

    3. Cara,
      Comecei a seguir essa pagina que voce me falou. Muito boa mesmo. Grato pela indicação.

  3. E1 in Phoenix tied with the Italian mafiosos from southern cali AZ and Gambino familia in New York and in Italy he was connected to franky cali gambino boss that was shot in front of his house he is also close to the genovese family

    1. His dad ran with the Italianos in Cali too El contador de el sur

  4. No, Italian Mafias have to buy cocaine from Chapitos/CDS -- not Clan del Golfo.

    1. Its not cartel del golfos, its clan del golfos. Those folks are the real deal.

  5. These Calabrian women are such nasty bitches, always on the phone. Everything goes down in flames when a wiretap is entered, but they think extortion works this way.


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