A total of 75 people were arrested in a joint operation launched on Tuesday by Italian and Swiss authorities against the Calabrian mafia ‘Ndrangheta.
Most of the arrests were made in Italy, only one in Switzerland, where several houses and shops were also searched. In addition, the authorities of both countries seized assets worth EUR 169 million and investigated a further 83 suspects, but did not arrest them.
Detainees are charged with various crimes, including links to the mafia, international drug trafficking, money laundering, document falsification, and corruption.
The operation was the result of “years of intensive investigation” between the prosecutors and the Italian and Swiss police, as both countries stressed in a statement.
The goal is the Calabria Mafia, one of the poorest regions in southern Italy, where one of the most powerful criminal organizations of the transalpine nation has emerged. Years ago, however, the ‘Ndrangheta expanded its tentacles to Europe, America and Australia.