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Raid on Mafia Nets 300 Arrests in Italy

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Posted on Jul 13, 2010
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Italian authorities arrested 300 alleged Mafia members Tuesday in a nationwide crackdown involving 10 police officers for every suspect. The ’Ndrangheta Mafia may not be as famous as the Cosa Nostra, but it is estimated to do about $56 billion a year in illegal business.

Christian Science Monitor:

Italy’s Eurispes institute has estimated that the ‘Ndrangheta’s turnover from trafficking in cocaine and arms, prostitution and extortion amounts to around 44 billion euros ($56 billion) a year – the equivalent of 2.9 percent of Italy’s gross domestic product.

The strength of the mafia also relies on the collusion of corrupt police, politicians and businessmen, as numerous scandals have attested in recent years, including some involving long-serving and very close aides of [Prime Minister Silvio] Berlusconi.

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By Artsy, July 14, 2010 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment

At least the mafia protects you if you pay them and gives you a kiss before they kill you. Don’t even expect a hug from the New World Order.

The Capital Hill Gang and the Bilderberg Mafia are lot more dangerous. They are stealing our livlihood while intentionally conspiring to end the US as we know it. Who is arresting them? Where are the demonstrators? Does anyone else even care?

Perhaps Italy too should pay attention to the leaders in Italy and stop messing with the little guys.

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By rollzone, July 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm Link to this comment

hello. $1.63 trillion is very respectable GDP for a
country the size of Florida. $56 billion of that is a
significant business that will continue with new
players. what was the justification for making these
activities illegal, and what is the point of this
cracking down on the “Mafia” campaign? legalize the
vices, and stop pretending anyone is protecting anyone
else, when it is all a game about money; and the
illegal drug money funds our terrorist/military
campaign.

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By ejreed, July 14, 2010 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment

Here’s more of the story from the AP. Italian police carried out anti-mob raids Tuesday, arresting some 300 people linked to the ‘ndrangheta crime organization. Senior bosses were among those detained, including Domenico Oppedisano, believed to be the top boss.
http://www.newslook.com/videos/228979-big-anti-crime-sweep-in-italy-300-arrests?autoplay=true

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By FRTothus, July 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment

The State eliminating the competition.  Go figure!

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By PatrickHenry, July 13, 2010 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment

And this was nationwide.

Police could round up twice that number on Capital Hill.

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