Drug-Trafficking Ring between South America and Italy through Spain Dismantled

By Dialogo
July 22, 2009

Rome, July 21 (EFE).- The Italian police today dismantled a drug-trafficking ring between South America and Italy through Spain, controlled by the ’Ndrangheta, the Calabrian mafia, in an operation in which around forty individuals were arrested, police sources told EFE today. According to the same sources, the public prosecutor’s office in Reggio Calabria, in the south of the country, issued a total of forty-nine arrest warrants, four of which referred to individuals already jailed for other crimes, and eight of which were intended for the same number of Peruvian nationals, along with two Uruguayans, two Chileans, and one Cuban. The detainees are accused of criminal conspiracy for the purpose of international drug trafficking and of receiving stolen goods, specifically precious metals. The operation was carried out early this morning and led to the detention of most of the accused in Italian territory, in the provinces of Milan, Genoa, Ancona, and Lodi, in the center and north of the country. Sources consulted by EFE explained that the operation in South America is ongoing, where the remainders of the accused are still being sought. The investigators emphasized that the drugs were brought from South America, principally Bolivia, Chile, and Peru, through Spain to Italy, where the Calabrian mafia distributed them in the north of the country.