Caserta

Police smash Camorra mafia drugs ring

Traffickers raked in 7,000 euros a day

Police smash Camorra mafia drugs ring

Caserta, December 4 - Police on Tuesday arrested 35 people on suspicion of drug-trafficking activities linked to a Camorra mafia clan. Large quantities of drugs and weapons were seized in the operation and assets including properties, vehicles and bank accounts were also confiscated. The syndicate - 'specialised' in trafficking cocaine, crack and cannabis - is thought to be affiliated with the Fragnoli-Gagliardi mafia gang based in Mondragone in the southern Campania region. However the weapons - a powerful homemade bomb and an Uzi submachine gun - were found in a car belonging to a supected affiliate of another Camorra mafia clan, Di Lauro, based in Naples' Secondigliano neighbourhood. ''The presence of an affiliate of Secondigliano's Di Lauro clan in Mondragone is further confirmation that Camorra groups are always looking for new alliances in order to expand their illicit activities,'' said deputy prosecutor Federico Cafiero de Raho, coordinator of the anti-mafia directorate in Naples. Investigators say the drugs were bought in Secondigliano and sold in Mondragone municipal park, where the traffickers - including minors - raked in over 7,000 euros a day. Buyers came from the local Caserta province and southern Lazio.

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