Major ‘Ndrangheta drug trafficking ring smashed

(ANSA) – CATANZARO, APR 15 – Italian police on Thursday
smashed one of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta mafia’s biggest drug
trafficking rings.
‘Ndrangheta, Italy’s richest and most powerful mafia, controls
the European cocaine trade.
Police on Thursday made 20 arrests in Calabria and Tuscany.
They said leaders of the Guardavalle clan belonging to the
Gallace family had set up a transnational trafficking ring that
imported cocaine from Colombia and Brazil and distributed it in
Europe (Spain, the Netherlands, the UK and Slovenia), as well as
New Zealand and Australia.
Police seized some four million euros in assets in the probe.
The 20 alleged ‘Ndranghetisti have been charged with conspiracy
to traffic drugs and illegal weapons possession.
The gang put much of their proceeds into legal businesss in
Calabria, Tuscany and Umbria including roadworks and leather
tannery firms, police said. (ANSA).