Reggio Calabria

22 arrested in Piedmont 'Ndrangheta sweep

Op 'confirms Calabrian mafia's penetration of northern economy'

22 arrested in Piedmont 'Ndrangheta sweep

Reggio Calabria, October 23 - Italian police on Tuesday arrested 22 suspected members of the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta mafia in an operation that police said confirmed its spread to northern Italy. A Turin prosecutor ordered the arrests, which took place at various locations around Piedmont as well as Calabria, the southern Italian region where 'Ndrangheta was born. Police carried out 40 raids and seized millions of euros in assets in a probe into suspected drug trafficking, weapons possession, extortion and receiving stolen goods. 'Ndrangheta, now richer and more powerful than Sicily's Cosa Nostra, has infiltrated northern Italian business and politics, investigators say. Last week a Lombardy regional councillor was arrested on suspicion of buying votes form the Calabrian Mob.

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