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90 arrested in anti-Mafia operations across Europe

ANI  |  Rome [Italy] 

As many as 90 people were on Wednesday arrested by authorities across in a major crackdown against organised crime targeting members of the Italy-based 'Ndrangheta group.

A statement from the Italian group confirmed that raids have been conducted in Italy, Germany, Belgium, and The in and several locations in South America, including Suriname, CNN reported. Charges including international drug trafficking, association, money laundering, and have been levelled against those arrested.

The operations took place a day after Settimo Mineo, the alleged 'godfather' of the - Cosa Nostra, was arrested along with 46 other people in Italy's A number of Mafia-related charges were levelled on the members of Cosa Nostra, and Palermo-based anti-prosecutors confirmed.

said that Mineo was elected as the new 'Godfather' of at a summit, held for the first time since 1993 after former chief died in jail in 2017.

The operations on Wednesday were coordinated by the (EU) A statement from Eurojust, which supports judicial coordination between EU members, said that the operation was the "biggest of its kind to date in Europe".

The anti-Mafia operation involved hundreds of policemen and joint-investigative efforts from 2016.

"This aggressive, group is one of the most powerful in the world, and controls much of Europe's cocaine trade, combined with systematic money laundering, bribery and violent acts," the statement read.

The statement added that investigators have detected as much as 4000 kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of kilograms of other drugs. Assets to the tune of two million Euros are expected to be seized.

"Today, we send a clear message to organised crime groups across They are not the only ones able to operate across borders; so are Europe's judiciary and law enforcement communities," vice-of Eurojust, and national member of Italy, said.

Meanwhile, of the Antonio Tajani congratulated the in his message via

"Europe fights 'Ndrangheta criminal groups. A coordinated operation led to arresting over 90 people involved in drug trafficking & money laundering," Tajani tweeted.

Earlier this year, as many as 170 people were arrested in and in anti-mafia operations.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 04:40 IST