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Italian, German authorities arrest 37, seize $13 million in anti-mafia raids

October 6, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Italian, German authorities arrest 37, seize $13 million in anti-mafia raids

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37 arrested in anti-mafia raids in Italy and Germany

Italian Authorities revealed that they have seized 11 million euros ($13 million) in assets and apprehended 37 suspects in Italy and Germany, including two Carabinieri officers, accused of taking part in a Sicilian Mafia extortion racket involving fruit, fish, and drugs.

Officials said one victim was the owner of a swank Via Veneto restaurant in Rome who was forced to come up with 180,000 euros ($212,000) after getting threats from mafia members over fruit and vegetable deliveries, according to ABC News.

Two Carabinieri officers illegally used knowledge from a police database to extort the business owner, who eventually contacted authorities.

The probe also targeted the Rinzivillo family of Sicily and its drug-dealing representatives in Germany. It displayed how Cosa Nostra had infiltrated businesses in Rome, using legitimate fresh and frozen fish front companies, and established alliances with other organized criminal groups.

“In Rome, we are used to dealing with ‘ndrangheta and the Camorra and instead, since the summer of 2014, we have been facing a recognizable, visible structure of an important Mafia family from Agrigento, the Rinzivillo,” Prosecutor Michele Prestipino Giarrita stated.

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