Italian police have seized mafia values for 2 billion euros, says police in Rome.
The action is the latest in a long line against various mafia organizations. This time it was the Ndrangheta mafia in Calabria in southern Italy police struck against.
The network controls much of the cocaine trade in Europe and has over 1,500 premises for gambling, 82 sites for gambling, 60 companies of various kinds and numerous properties, police said.
Prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 28 people in connection with the raid. A further 23 people are under house arrest.
- The organization has laundered enormous amounts of money using gambling accounts of users, some knowing what was going on, others not, police said.
The network is stretched over several countries, and the organization had companies in Austria, Malta, Romania and Spain. These police has now taken control of.
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano describes the action in Reggio Calabria as a serious blow for the Ndrangheta mafia.
The raid takes place two weeks after authorities confiscated assets for 1.6 billion euros in a Sicilian mafia clan, where they seized about 33 companies, hundreds of buildings, 80 bank accounts, insurance policies and dozens of vehicles.
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