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Around 90 mafia suspects held in international sweep

AFP  |  Rome 

Around 90 people suspected of belonging to the notorious 'Ndrangheta were rounded up on Wednesday in raids across several European and Latin American countries, said.

The suspects are thought to be key members of the powerful organised crime syndicate based in

They are accused of committing "serious crimes" including activities linked to international drug trafficking, said in a statement.

The vast anti-operation was carried out by Italy's anti-and anti-terrorism force in collaboration with German, Belgian and Dutch authorities.

The 'Ndrangheta -- which derives its meaning from the Greek word for "heroism" -- is made up of numerous village and family-based clans in Calabria, the rural, mountainous and under-developed "toe" of Italy's boot.

Despite intense police attention and frequent arrests, the organisation has continued to extend its reach.

It has surpassed Sicily's Cosa Nostra and the Naples-based Camorra in influence thanks to its control of the cocaine trade, and is the sole mafia organisation to operate on all continents, according to anti-mafia prosecutors.

Wednesday's operation came a day after arrested new Cosa Nostra boss and dozens of other suspects in in a major swoop.

Mineo, 80, was detained along with at least 45 others just before he was due to be appointed official heir to notorious mafia boss who died in prison last year.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 16:10 IST