About 100 police with helicopters launched a dawn raid on the small southern town of San Luca, home to rival clans of the 'Ndrangheta
, Italy's most powerful crime syndicate.
The mafia is weakened but still powerful in Sicily, and groups like the Camorra and the 'Ndrangheta
are ingrained into Neapolitan society and Calabrese society, respectively.
Italian police named Mr Fitzsimons as a suspect in their 'Ndrangheta
inquiry and have issued an arrest warrant.
Not as well known as the Sicilian mafia, the 'Ndrangheta
in Calabria or the Napoli Camorra, Sacra Corona Unita is believed to focus on contraband cigarettes and smuggling from the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
Around 20 suspects allegedly linked to the Calabria region's 'Ndrangheta
crime gang were detained.
While the majority of the narcotics trafficking is managed by traditional Italian organized criminal groups--Cosa Nostra, 'Ndrangheta
, Camorra, and Sacra Corona--foreign organized criminal groups have significant presence in Italy as well.
The arrest sweep focused on the 'Ndrangheta
, the Calabria-based crime syndicate which specializes in illegal drug trafficking.
The joint DEA and Italian Carabinieri investigation targeted 'Ndrangheta
organized crime cells operating between Calabria, Italy and New York City as part of the overall operation.
The regime is a particularly touchy subject within the Cosa Nostra, or 'Our Thing', which was Italy's most powerful mafia group in the 1980s and 1990s, but has been overtaken by the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta
Rome, Shawwal 6, 1436, Jul 22, 2015, SPA -- Italian authorities claimed a major victory Wednesday against a key money-laundering channel used by the 'Ndrangheta
mafia, as they conducted a nationwide sweep on mob-controlled betting activities.
The proceeds of domestic organized crime groups, especially the Camorra, the 'Ndrangheta
, and the Mafia, operating across numerous economic sectors in Italy and abroad compose the main source of laundered funds.
ITALIAN authorities have carried out about 170 arrest warrants in a major crackdown on the 'ndrangheta
, an organised crime syndicate in southern Italy which officials say has become deeply rooted in the business world in the north.