Jan 21 2009
‘Pact’ in capital with Cosa Nostra, ‘Ndrangheta
Rome — Italian police on Wednesday arrested 41 people as they broke up a Rome drug ring operated by Naples’ Camorra crime syndicate.
The gang brought in cocaine and cannabis from Spain and the Netherlands and supplied markets in Rome and Naples, recycling the profits in Roman property, officials said.
Police seized tens of millions of euros’ worth of laundered assets including apartments, cars and jewels.
They said the operation was further proof of the Mafia’s encroachment into the capital, where Mob-owned restaurants and villas have recently been found in chic locations like Via Veneto and the Spanish Steps.
An anti-Mafia official said the Camorra had established a ”pact” in Rome with Cosa Nostra of Sicily, ‘Ndrangheta of Calabria and the Puglian Mob to split up turf and do business without stepping on each others’ toes.
”Rome has become a crossroads for illicit affairs,” a top police officer commented.
Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno said the operation was ”a tough blow to the criminal infiltration of this city”.
Camorra drug ring smashed in Rome – ANSA – 2009-01-21 14:00 – This story was found at: http://www.ansa.it/site/notizie/awnplus/english/news/2009-01-21_121297862.html