The Italian authorities believe that the Ndrangheta Mafia is responsible for controlling the massive amount of cocaine entering Europe from South America. This was confirmed by the Italian Government after a massive mafia trial targeting the Ndrangheta group.
The Ndrangheta is a prominent Italian Mafia based in the region of Calabria. The Mafia has been in existence since 18th century. The first official report of Ndrangheta was submitted in 1792 during the reign of the Bourbons of Naples. The House of Bourbon ruled Southern Italy and Sicily for more than a century during 18th and 19th century.
According to the US, money laundering activities, narcotics trafficking account to 3% of Italy’s GDP. The annual revenue of Ndrangheta is about 50 billion USD to 60 billion USD.
Ndrangheta is also active in other countries such as Albania, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Netherlands, Germany, Malta, Switzerland, Slovakia, UK, Uruguay and USA.
According to EUROPOL (European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation), Ndrangheta is the most powerful organized crime groups in the world.
EUROPOL was formed in 1998 to handle criminal intelligence and combat serious international organised crime and terrorism. EUROPOL has no executive powers. The officials of EUROPOL cannot arrest the suspects without prior approval from competent authorities.
Calabria is the region where the Ndrangheta are highly powerful. The region is located in southern Italy. The region is bordered by Ionian sea in the east and Tyrrhenian sea in the west. The Strait of Messina separate Calabria from Sicily. The Sicilian Mafia is considered to be one of the closest allies of Ndrangheta.
Allies of Ndrangheta
The allies of Ndrangheta mafia are Camorra, Sacra Corona Unita, Societa foggiana, Stidda, Albanian Mafia, American Mafia, Primeiro Comando da Capital.
The Camorra, Sicilian Mafia, Sacra Corona Unita, Stidda and Societa foggiana are located in Italy. Primeiro Comando da Capital is located in Brazil.
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