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Authorities arrest 32 members of Italian Camorra crime syndicate during three-nation operation

July 6, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities arrest 32 members of Italian Camorra crime syndicate during three-nation operation

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Authorities in Italy, Spain, and Germany have arrested 32 suspects involved in drug trafficking and money laundering during an operation targeting the Camorra crime syndicate.

Law enforcement officials said a drug seizure two years ago resulted in the investigation conducted the Anti-Mafia Prosecution Office in Naples that led to Wednesday’s arrests across three countries.

Italian Police indicated that the city of Naples has been the established base for the Mafia-like Camorra crime syndicate an umbrella for many different groups.

The State prosecutor’s office in Spain indicated that 14 people were arrested in Barcelona, which included 10 Italians, a Chilean, a Spaniard, a Colombian, and a Venezuelan.

According to CBS News, authorities in Barcelona raided several locations, including store rooms and restaurants, thought to be linked to the crime group. The suspects reportedly sent large amounts of cocaine and hashish to Italy and reinvested the profits in food businesses, jewelry, vehicles, and football.

Officers had made arrests in Germany and Italy, and roughly one ton of drugs and 5 million euros ($5.6 million) were seized in the three countries.

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