Italian police have arrested 33 persons suspected of belonging to a mafia organization and involved in the international drug trade.
The Italian gendarmerie (Carabinieri) police said Tuesday that investigators had arrested people in Rome and the city of Reggio Caloriya in the south of the country, the Tuscan city of Grosseto in the Veneto region, in the north.
They are all suspected of being members of the “Ndrangheta” mafia and participating in the international drug trade.
The detainees also face charges of extortion and illegal possession of weapons.
Investigators said that they discovered a network linked to “Ndrangheta” extending to Latin America, headed by a key figure from the mafia’s inner circle.
The Ndrangheta mafia is one of Italy’s most influential and brutal mafia organizations, getting money from the cocaine trade and committing other crimes.
A mass trial is underway against about 300 suspected “Ndrangheta members” in Lamezia Terme, in Calabria.