International strike on Italian criminal gang: Europe-wide raids, 90 arrests
Police search the Italian restaurant 'Osteria da Mario' in Pulheim, Germany, Dec. 5, 2018. EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH
A police office stands guard outside the Italian restaurant 'Osteria da Mario' in Pulheim, Germany, Dec. 5, 2018. EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH
Police search an Italian restaurant in Pulheim, Germany, Dec. 5, 2018. EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH
A police officer searches a garage in Pulheim, Germany, Dec. 5, 2018. EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH
A police van in front of a dwelling in Pulheim, Germany, Dec. 5, 2018. EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH
A cconfiscated motorcycle by North Rhine-Westphalian police during a raid in Pulheim, Germany, Dec. 5,2018. EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH
Pulheim (Germany), Dec 5 (efe-epa).- An international crackdown on a European criminal organization on Wednesday resulted in 90 arrests after various raids took place in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Belgium.
German Federal Criminal Police (BKA) and Italian State Police on Wednesday confirmed an international large-scale search against members of the 'Ndrangheta Italian mafia group, founded in Calabria in southern Italy, was underway Wednesday in several European countries.
"International operation of the Forze Polizia of Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium in a joint action against the 'Ndrangheta and its projections in Europe and in South America. 90 suspects for mafia association, trafficking of narcotics, recycling illegal goods," the Italian State Police tweeted.
The BKA said it would hold a press conference in relation to various raids, including that of a restaurant known as "Osteria da Mario" in Pulheim near Cologne in western Germany, as documented by an epa-efe photojournalist.
The 'Ndrangheta is the most powerful Italian mafia organization, although not as widely known as the Sicilian Cosa Nostra gang.
The gang is allegedly involved in money laundering and drug trafficking, specifically cocaine.