Italian police carry out mob crackdown

March 9, 2011 - 0:0

ROME (AP) – Police conducted a major crackdown on the 'ndrangheta crime syndicate Tuesday, arresting scores of suspects in Italy and Germany and seeking more in countries as far away as Canada and Australia.

The cross-border operation shows how the 'ndrangheta, today considered more powerful than the Sicilian Mafia, has extended its reach well beyond its original base in Italy's southern Calabria region.
Thirty-one suspects were picked up in Italy, Italian police said, mostly in Calabria but also elsewhere in the country, including near Rome. Six suspects, all Italian citizens, were apprehended in Germany on an Italian-issued European arrest warrant, German and Italian officials said.
Three suspects in Canada and one in Australia were still being sought, said Renato Cortese, a top official with police in Calabria.
Authorities said the operation also sheds light on the group's structure and how it operates outside its home region.